So finally I bit the bullet and finally got myself a native lens for my Canon M. After having just got it and realising that I had a viltrox adaptor to use my Ef-s Lenses with(still very good), I wanted something a bit more compact and throw in my bag, after all the whole idea is to have a smaller DSLR quality camera.
A couple of things helped the decision outside of size, the cost and the opportunity and the practicality.
The Cost; this is driven by the fact that i have little or next to no income, so everything is done on a strict budget. Now although the UK 2nd hand market is still holding it’s own, here in Thailand the 2nd hand market is plummeting. Primarily due to two things. One the Thais love all things brand spanking new! 2nd they don’t like used goods so won’t pay the prices we pay in the UK for them. So for the princely sum of £47 I got this unused kit lens which had never been on a camera , all within budget.
I also wanted a wide angle as I could afford and apart from the Canon 11-22mm stm ef-m this is the only ultra wide lens they do! I know that there is an 18-55mm stm ef-m and this too has good reviews for sharpness, but the 15mm just pipped it for me for the landscape, architecture and street photography i do.
So far and a few months on, I have no regrets, i love it, from it’s super lightweight to its very useful range of 15-45mm. It has produced amazing results and the only draw back….its not wide enough. Thats when i get my Viltrox adaptor out and clamp on my Tamron 10-24mm.
All the images in the gallery below were taken with the Canon Eos M and the 15-45mm EF-M lens.
So one of the things you will find with the Canon Eos M is that it has no viewfinder. Now this is not a total deal breaker. I have found that I certainly prefer the stability whilst shooting of the viewfinder on my 70D, but I also like the instant results you get from making adjustments to your image from the live view screen.
Now some of you may know that I have been living in a very Sunny country for the last five years! that creates all sorts of problems for the Eos M and me and reflective and near non existent ability to see the screen.
So i got this fantastic bit of kit, easy as 1,2,3 to put on. weighs nothing at all so doesn’t affect my lightweight canon eos m camera. shade is perfect for bright sunny weather shooting. i can see the screen perfectly now. nice easy quick opener and closing. handy slide off mechanism if you want to take the shade off. fabbo I put pics 1-6 to show from the packet to fixed on the camera.
Now I have found this invaluable in strong bright light, but the only draw back is that when the bright light(sun) is behind you it once again becomes difficult to see the screen, not as difficult as without a screen at all, but still difficult. So I am also considering getting one of these Loupes. These are as near as you will get to a viewfinder for mirrorless cameras. Although without all the information you would normally get on a viewfinder and not electronically attached to your camera like the ones you can get for more recent Canon mirrorless cameras, this will have to do! When I get it I will give an update on how it works! or not!
Got my beautiful M now and using the Viltrox adaptor works perfectly well with my EF-s lenses for now. I went out yesterday and did an architectural old city walkabout, as I call them to put it through it’s paces. Wow! what a little powerhouse?
I loved the small form, and actually find myself putting the wrist strap on my wrist and then carrying the whole thing from the lens. Less pressure on the joint between the camera and lens, and so much lighter in the hand!
Only just had a chance to open up my pics and have a look, and apart from me getting used to having 100% filed of view (as opposed to 98% on 70d), and battling with the sunshine(need to get a shade to go on back), I am really impressed with the IQ on this. Battery life came in at 370 shots before showing red and flashing at me, that was with me turning off auto focus in between shots and turning the camera off between shots.
Think i will need to get a spare battery too!
For those that are interested I also have just installed ML on it today (without ANY Issues) , more to find out the shutter count, about 3,400 still images and 5k in movie, so very pleased with that and for me the intervalometer are a great addition. It really is in mint condition.
Will post pics in the next few days or so as I will be out this week working more with it.
I have to say it is seriously making me look at the rest of the M range and possibly considering giving up the 70D!
So as part of my ongoing self managing therapy, I photograph, a lot, and I have a lot of images from that. Some i make into what I hope are useful , “this is a nice place to visit and this is what you will see” slideshows on YouTube.
Then there are these, peaceful moments which I post for people who like me have worked out that we all need 5 minutes of the day just to stop and think of nothing else in this world, but to stop! and give our minds just a break at least once a day from all the things that push us too hard, Life! I weave them into these peaceful moments using images and appropriate music to help the mind switch off from the rest of the World.
I hope you find them as helpful as I do….
Another one of my “Abandoned buildings” collection. I actually visited this quite well known location when I visited the Phuravarna.
The Abandoned Retreat. Originally this complex was the brainchild by Gary Ebsen, a long time Phuket resident and director of Eco–Cool Thai Homes, a company that has won several awards for building energy–efficient homes, set about creating affordable freehold condominiums in a modern resort atmosphere with stunning panoramic views of historic Chalong Bay and the offshore islands.
Using his experience and contacts he focused on the long over–looked but currently booming Chalong Circle area and located a choice 2.5 Rai (1 acre) plot of land within easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants of the Chalong Pier. This is where Chalong Bay Condominiums had to be!
Sadly the same story is so common here, the non transfer of ownership deeds, because of “problems with repaying bank loans” left many investors out of pocket and only getting a 60% refund on their money. The project was abandoned and recent reports from the Thai journals suggest that the land and property is going up for auction.
One can’t help thinking… “Buyer beware!”
Some of you may know I have a love of exploring old abandoned and unfinished buildings.
This video is dedicated to my new explorer friend Celeste Hanson, who without her knowledge of this place I would never have found.
I can see that it would have made a beautiful calm, peaceful and relaxing retreat in the Island of Phuket. Sadly it seems that it either ran out of money or possible investors. either way it stands as an example of what could have been. You will see what I mean when you watch it!
It was an idea to build the resort with villas…the owner was playing dirty with investors so they pulled off investments…that was around ten years ago…I believe that this property still has some serious legal issues
A new addition to my bag this year, my first foray into the Mirrorless camera system since switching from film to DSLR some 15 years ago.