January 22, 2016 at 9:43AM

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Should i buy a Canon EOS M/M2/M3?

I actually have a Canon T3, but i don't have enought money to buy stuff like lenses, audio things, accesories and all the shit someone need to use its camera at its best. So I was thinking in selling the Canon T3 and buy something cheapier to afford lenses and stuff. M series have really cheap FD lenses, an its only problem as I have seen is that they do not have autofocus (which I don't really need). What do you think? Should I? I am starting filming and making short films.

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You can use fd lenses on your t3i, I don't think it's worth selling your t3i for an eos m, you will probably not get that much money out of the deal and the t3i is a better tool for filming, with magic Lantern you have expend focus while shooting and more buttons and wheels that makes it way easier than the eos m. You can also have a lot of vintage lenses like helios ussr lenses that fits the t3i and are very affordable.

January 24, 2016 at 2:47AM

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I have a Canon T3... not t3i, i wish I had T3i, way much better than normal t3i. The problem with using FD lenses on a DSLR is that you loss a lot of quality, and in a mirrorglass camera it just look normal, plus Canon EOS M can film in 1080p 24fps (CanonT3 can't), If I sell my Canon T3 I will have enough money to buy a good tripod, a good adapter with two lenses and a XGrip. Much better than just having a 720p camera. What do you think?

January 24, 2016 at 1:48PM

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If it were me in my situation I'd get a gimbal for my iPhone and a tiny rode mic.

Clark McCauley

January 28, 2016 at 12:55PM

Oh yes, sorry the Canon t3 isn't a good tool for filming. So yes it's a good idea to sell it.
For the fd lenses it's fine for video. For still pictures you will see the bad quality but for video it's good enough. I use cheap Russian lenses and broadcast on national TV.

January 25, 2016 at 9:15AM

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Awesome! Thank you! Just needed an opinion.

José F. Peña Segura

January 25, 2016 at 6:52PM

I shoot video with a t3i and an EOS M at least once a week. For the price, I can't think of anything with better quality than the M. The only reasons I shoot more with my t3i are the ergonomics, flip out screen, and the ability to add a battery grip and run for much longer without changing batteries.

As far as lenses go, just my personal upgrade path.
**And note, the adapter to use Canon EF and EF-S lenses on the EOS M is only 45 or 50 bucks**
Canon 50mm 1.8 (workhorse for interviews and low light)
-alternatively, Minolta Rokkor 50mm 1.7 (incredibly cheap, like $30, a great interview lens, but it for some reason mine looks a lot better when it's focused close, but soft toward infinity)
Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.something (terrible, but at least a wider lens)
Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (all around fast zoom, not as nice as Canon versions, but for about $300, it'll make you throw your kit lens in a dumpster)
Rokinon 85mm 1.4 (if you dig the shallow depth of field and low light performance, it's less than $300 and looks beautiful)

Good luck

January 26, 2016 at 1:24PM

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I have a t3i and two eos-m, I just bought a second one for $180 used.
I recommend video only in manual mode, there is an inexpensive speed boaster for about $100 which I have which is also an adapter for my collection of nikkor lenses. I am pretty happy with the eos-m cameras and use them more than the t3i.

January 26, 2016 at 4:44PM

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I also have a T3i and two eos M ! We should make a groupe of the owner of the T3i/eosM combo :-)
I have to say that it's the best quality you can get for that kind of money :-)

This is a video I made in multicam with the t3i and the eos M : https://youtu.be/QB8RsA-AAo4

Oh and I also made a feature with them :-) https://vimeo.com/ondemand/workingholidayvisa

January 27, 2016 at 6:57AM, Edited January 27, 7:01AM

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But whay about FD adapter instead of EF/EF-S? I watched an awesome video shoot in a 50mm FD, looked pretty decent

January 27, 2016 at 4:55PM

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Because then you be able to use your fd lenses only with the eos m but if you buy a ef/efs adapter and a fd/ef adapter, when you will upgrade from the eos you will still be able to use your fd lenses. Also as many poeple own canon dslr so you might borrow ef or efs lenses quite easily or the camera body and it will be very usefull to be able to swap lenses and body.

AvdS

January 28, 2016 at 5:28AM, Edited January 28, 5:28AM

I have a Panasonic GH2 and an Eos M. I've shot a short w/ the Eos M. I love it. The color is nice straight out of the camera w/o doing much in post. I use it w/ several vintage Nikon lenses. It takes great stills also.

January 28, 2016 at 8:01PM

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I learned on the Eos m
best canon because mirrorless and can use any lens
i've cut with 7d fd c300 all looks the same pretty much to most people
go for nikon ais lenses cause you can use them with other cameras the fds aren't as compatible
i would go in this order of buying, 50, 28, 35, 85, 105, 135. all up to you this just worked for me

January 29, 2016 at 10:39PM

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