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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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Gear That Grows With My Skills

BC-Legislature

The BC Legislature in Victoria, BC

One of the biggest challenges for new photographers is knowing which camera to buy first. Of course, there is always the feeling of gear-lust : that feeling of how much better your photography would be if only you had that new Leica body, or one of those new Canon L-Series lenses. Any piece of equipment is equally dependent on two things – the hardware & its firmware.

The firmware is the “operating system” of the camera. It maps the functions of the dials and buttons to specific tasks and how they work. Manufacturers like Canon will map a series of capabilities to the range of camera – from “entry level” to so-called “pro-sumer” to their top-of-the-line “professional” gear. So it would stand to reason that a budding photographer would have to buy a new camera body when their skills increase to the next level. This is not quite so !

Enter Magic Lantern. It is a firmware add-on, that loads from your memory card and gives the photographer additional features. For example, the original firmware on my Canon EOS 60D doesn’t support “professional” features such as focus-peaking or having a firmware intervalometer. Magic Lantern adds these features to my camera, extending its capabilities.

This is a huge boon to the amateur photographer. Instead of buying new hardware when you want to experiment with new techniques, you can simply upgrade the firmware. Sorry to those who shoot other platforms, like Sony or Nikon, but Magic Lantern is for Canon only.

There’s a great video posted over on PetaPixel, which is a photography eZine I follow.