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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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It’s Not What You Shoot…

Canon Canonette GL19, c. 1965

So I shoot Canon. Other people shoot Nikon. Still others shoot Sony, Pentax or Fujistu. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter WHAT you shoot, so long as you are shooting ! The choice of camera for a photographer is a highly personal decision. It can be about the megapixels, or the sensor size, or even the ergonomics of the grip. For me it’s all about the colour.

My main camera body is a Canon DSLR – the EOS 60D. The Canonette pictured above is a little 35mm film camera I picked up for about $45. In a few short days, I will have saved my pennies to buy a mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M3. I like the Canons because nothing matches their colour accuracy, rendering the most vibrant colours possible.

Once I started getting out of the “newbie” phase (and took my camera off “Auto”), I started to think about how best to invest in a photography system. Having upgraded to the 60D from an EOS T3i, I knew I had a camera body that would meet my growing skills. The best advice I got was to invest in good glass. The Canon L-Series lenses were pricey, but have been worth every darn penny. Best of all, with an inexpensive adapter, I can still use those lenses on my new EOS M3 !