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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 10:58 pm 
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I just acquired a pre-owned, well-preserved EOS M3. It seems a previous owner had imported it from Japan, either having it shipped, or acquiring it during travel, as the manual and all papers are in Japanese, though the menu was set to English when I powered-up the camera. I have yet to shoot any images, as I have neither EF-M lenses, nor any adapters. I will be checking with a local camera store, which used to stock a few EF-M lenses, but may no longer have any, as the EOS M line of cameras is not presently marketed here in the USA.

The seller did package the camera with the EVF-DC1, a tilting optical viewfinder, which seems to be a nice option, though of course, it occupies the hot shoe, and as I use Speedlites frequently, there will be many times I cannot use this EVF.

The handling qualities of this M3 are certainly better, for my hands, than the original EOS M, a camera I tried to learn to like, but never purchased.

A feature I was pleasantly surprised to find, in the menu, is an electronic artificial horizon, which should be very helpful with wide-angle lenses.

I should have more to say, later.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 8:16 am 
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Seems a bit new for used models to pop up already. The seller must have really liked it.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 3:09 am 
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popo, the seller posted that his wife had told him it that either his motorcycle or the camera had to go, and he decided to keep the motorcycle. Maybe it was a clever sales pitch, or maybe it was true. The camera arrived looking like-new. I did not try to hide it from my wife; she is a keen photographer, and would notice.

The only EOS-M lens available locally is the 18-55mm kit lens, and I am not so sure I really have much use for it, having more interest in "pancake" lenses to keep things compact. I clicked-through to Amazon via the Camera Labs link, and ordered the Canon adapter, and a spare battery. If this camera behaves well with my 40mm STM, I may then order the 22mm EF-M lens, or 24mm EF-S STM.

The Canon EF-M 11-22mm lens has been well-received outside the USA, but has yet to become a Canon USA product, so I may eventually try one, buying pre-owned, or through the grey market. Another interesting lens, that might pair well with the M3, using the adapter, is the EF 8-15mm Fisheye. Not being STM, AF will not be fast, but I seem to recall reading that the 8-15 FE has a very short focus "throw" distance, so AF may well be reasonably achieved.

I could, also, try stacking adapters, using my long-neglected Novoflex EOS/NIK adapter, on the Canon adapter, to shoot with Nikkors, focusing manually.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 4:44 pm 
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I have been unable to locate my EF 40mm f/2.8 STM; it is probably "hiding" inside a case or bag, somewhere, so I affixed my EF 35mm f/1.4L to the adapter. As expected, AF is quite slow, and in low light, will sometimes seem to just stop, but AF accuracy, when acquired, seems quite good. Exposure, when shooting at night, is very good. I will try more lenses later today or tomorrow.

I am tempted to order one of the 20mm or 28mm Voigtlander "pancake" lenses, or perhaps the 90mm f/3.5; I have one of the latter in Nikon mount, and really like it. The Nikon-mount 90mm Voigtlanders sold-out long ago, but US dealers still have the Canon mount available, apparently new-old-stock.

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