Well, I started a thread in here a few months back as I'd heard the EOS-M was on its way, and I've just done a search and can't see anything about anyone in here actually having a play.
Well....lucky ol' Skygod did have a good play yesterday, and I have to say, it's a lovely little camera.
I've got the latest brochure in my grubby hands too, and so I can tell you all the prices here in Japan so you can all work out the equivalent in your own countries.
So, here's my mini review!
1) The camera - general "feel". (Price = 62,000 Yen)
Very good, IMO. A good "weight", feels very solid and well made.
The lens thread is just what we're used to = very well made, and it locks onto the lenses just as I'd expect.
In my local shop, they have all the colours, and I have to say, each will have its buyers. I think Canon did well here, as the finish of each is high quality, and comparing with other bodies I could grab, it seemed better, or at least, on par.
The 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is soooo sweet! (35,000 Yen)
I'm used to lenses like my Siggy 17-55 f/2.8, and my 70-200L 2.8, so to even hold a lens this small, which focuses fast and produces quality images made me laugh in the shop!
On screen, it looked like it produced quality images without hideous distortion, CA, etc. throughout the zoom range.
The 22mm f/2 STM (30,000 Yen)....hmmm....I'm not so sure I'd bother with it. A bit pricey, when compared with the new 40mm STM pancake. Yes, it's really small, I mean, you could lose it in your wallet! But, I don't like the images I got from it, mainly as it just seemed like a step down in useability compared to the zoom....and here's why:
The EF/EF-S lens adapter....it's cheap (12,000 Yen), and straight away, I tried it with my Siggy 30 f/1.4. NO CONTEST! I think, if I get an EOS-M, I'd get the little zoom, plus the adapter and maybe the dedicated flash ( = Speedlight 90EX, at 9,000 Yen: though it's a bit crap), and that'll be it.
3) AF on the screen using it as a "touch screen".
I was actually shocked the first time I tried this, as I was only touching the screen to see what would happen....expecting something at a glacial speed....and before I knew what I'd done, the camera was showing me the photo I'd just taken.
Well, I didn't buy it, so no chance of uploading for side-by-side stuff, but chimping on site, yeah, I'll have to say it appears to be right up there with either of my 7Ds.
Which means, with a bit of thinking, this tiny little thing could easily be of use to me........in fact, I'm already thinking, slap a remote on it (RC-6 = 2,500 Yen), set it up on a tripod at the concerts I shoot, near the back of the auditorium, and shoot all the wide shots, while I play around near the front with a 70-200 doing all the action shots....at the same time! Could be fun!
5) Balance with a huge lens.
This idea was completely "poo-pooed" in POTN. But last weekend, here in Japan, they changed the Canon EOS-M commercials from merely "showing the new camera with one of its own lenses", to "showing the camera with a 70-200L and a 24L TS-E lens stuck on the front!!!!!
So Canon really doesn't see this as a problem.....and I have to say, it worked with both my 70-200L and 100-400L.
How?? Because why shouldn't it?
I work in weddings (as the dude who says to the bride and groom, "do you?") and our photographers REGULARLY use 5D2s and 7Ds in Live-view, using 70-200Ls stuck on the front....so, what's the difference?
Oh, and the cheapest "all in" cost for a whole wedding where I work is 4,000,000 Yen (or about $43,000) so no, we don't use amateur photographers!!!
Sorry guys, you're acting like dinosaurs if you think it's somehow "wrong". BUT, having no viewfinder, there will be times when it could be a lot tougher to use a long lens on the EOS-M, than on a regular dSLR.
So, I think "best of both worlds" is the way to go. Which means don't sell your dSLR, just get an EOS-M as your "high tech toy"...which happens to capable of taking damn good photos!
Well, that's about all I had time for....sorry to waffle a bit, but those who know me know I sometimes write what I'm thinking, without enough editing - sorry!
Cheers for now,
[Who is pondering on getting an M.......if there's no sign of a "pro" model coming out soon, with a viewfinder]