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Canon EOS M3 Review

Bow River Falls
Bow River Falls, Banff AB

This weekend was the first chance I’d gotten a chance to take my new Canon EOS M3 out for a “test drive”. Between really lousy weather in Calgary, and pressing family commitments, I really hadn’t been able to get out. Yesterday, we drove out to Banff & took my spiffy new camera with us.

 

 

The camera itself is light & easy to manage. I put an old Crumpler neck strap on it, wanting to save my Blackrapid Sport rig for my DSLR. Mistake #1: the darn straps seem to always be in the way. I guess I’ll just go get another “button” and use the strap interchangeably.

 

Bow River at Banff
Bow River at Banff, AB

As you can see, the pictures are bright & sharp. It was a nice sunny day, about 5400K on the histogram. Since the camera rig is new to me, I really haven’t messed around with much. These photos were taken with the EF-M 18-55mm IS lens. the kit I bought came with the EF-M adapter, but I wanted to get a sense of what this rig would do, and I wasn’t disappointed !

The rig seems to work well in bright sunlight, so I decided to take a look & see how it performed in a “mixed lighting” situation. Note again that the ONLY default setting I have changed is for back button focus.

Brindge Over Bow River
Bridge Over the Bow River at Banff, AB

Here is a view of the bridge spanning the Bow River at Banff, AB. We have three lighting scenarios: the bright sun to the left, the slight shade provided by the bridge deck, and the darker shade underneath. Through it all, the EOS M3 handled it like a champ ! The colours are bright and the details in the bridge are crisp. All in all, I am quite pleased.

Whether you are just starting out & want a good camera to begin with, or you are a seasoned pro. This camera will make you very happy. I especially appreciate the adapter that will allow me to protect my investment in high-quality Canon L-Series lenses. We’ll look at photos with that combination in a future entry.

 

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Chillin’ in Charlotte, SC
When I first started shooting, I was “that guy”. Shooting on Auto, chimping every shot, and never post-processing my photos. Yep – your average tourist. Time & shutter trips later, and I only shoot in Manual mode, and – as of this week – only shoot in RAW.
I started my photographic journey using Aperture on my MacBook Pro. With a Retina display, it’s pretty sweet ! But then Apple chose to abandon the photographic community. Aperture’s features were replaced by an Instagram-style app that applied canned filters to your images. Very cheesy… So I made the switch to Adobe’s Creative Cloud bundle for photographers.
Coming with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, and supporting services like Portfolio and Assets made my workflow fairly straightforward. No more JPEGs for the iPad and CR2s (Canon’s RAW file format). Now I can shoot RAW, wirelessly & selectively transfer the photos to my iPad for some quick edits and send them off to Social Media. The edits I do in post-processing on the iPad get transferred via my Creative Cloud account & syced to my proper Lightroom catalog on the MBP.