“Toying” around with new gear

Recently I was looking for a way to use large flash equipment outside while at high shutter speeds…like 1000th of a second or 2000 or even faster. Really can’t find a way. But in my search I heard about a newer mirrorless camera that might allow it. Turns out it didn’t but in researching I learned a lot about mirrorless cameras. For some time I’ve also considered buying a tele-extender, either the Canon 1.4X or 2X but just didn’t want to lose the aperture ‘speed’.  I ended up looking at mirrorless cameras again. I didn’t want to invest in a new system. I couldn’t be happier with my Canon gear.Image


I saw the Canon EOS-M mirrorless as a way to keep a ‘pocket’ camera with me all the time and, if needed, press into service to ‘extend’ the length of a few fast lenses without giving up the wide aperture. Of course every photographer loves his toys and maybe the whole argument is just justification for a new toy.  The camera cost less than the extenders…or did until I bought the lens adaptor too. Ended up a wash but I got a sweet small ‘everywhere’ camera as well. I’ve been playing with it since I got it this week. I still have a lot of the menus to figure out but it’s pretty easy. Good 18 meg chip and moderately low noise. Here’s a sample shot of Annie in the window. I shot it with my 100 2.8 macro. ISO 160 @ 160th sec at 2.8Image

And here’s one of Ellie with the same lens at 50th sec at 6400. It’s cropped to about half the frame. A little noisy and shaky at that shutter speed. Image

Here’s the camera with a 50mm 1.2 on it and one with the 5D Mk III by it’s side.  It’s kind of like shooting with a lens and almost no body. It’ll take some getting used to. It looks like a toy and my hands are struggling to get comfy with it but it’s hardly a ‘toy’. At 18 megs it really looks great and has a solid feel. The only real drawback for me so far is my eyes. I find myself holding it at arms length to be able to focus on the big 3″ screen on back. The 22mm lens it came with is a very crisp 35mm equivalent. My 50 becomes an 80 F1.2 and that macro became a 160mm 2.8 macro. The final shot is one I tried at macro. Needed a tripod for that. The lens adaptor has a mount. If and when I try it my 70-200 2.8 will become a 112-320 2.8. But I’d probably get laughed off any sideline where I pulled it out.