I love this camera
Let's get that out of the way. At first I had my doubts about Canon's move into the mirrorless market. The first few M-series cameras just weren't doing anything for me. But when I saw the M5 with its viewfinder and read the specs I decided to go for it and purchased the camera from my favorite camera store, Glazer's Camera here in Seattle. I have not been disappointed. Check out my earlier post comparing the image from the EOS 5M with an EOS 6D.
I initially purchased it to be my everyday carry-around camera, but have ended up using it more and more, sometimes in place of my usual 5D mkiii and 6D bodies. I opted to get the body-only version of the M5 along with the Canon Mount Adapter EF EOS M so I could use my current collection of EF and EFs lenses. I just wasn't happy with the slow apertures on the EOS M mount lenses available at the time. I wasn't (and still am not) bothered by having the adapter on the camera. In fact, I use the adapter as my tripod mount and as the mount for my ever-present handstrap. More on that later*.
All that said, I have run into a few small issues with the operation of the camera. These don't affect image quality or anything like that. And I haven't heard from anyone else about these. So I'm posting here to see if anyone chimes in with a "me, too" or a "no, never had that happen" comment.
Recycling file names?
The "biggie" for me is in the file naming/numbering system. I have found that when I fill a memory card and put in a new one the camera doesn't go to the next filename/number. Instead, it goes back and reuses a few numbers. Then I end up with different images on different memory cards with the same file name coming out of the camera. Here is a video that I hope better explains what I am experiencing...
In the video I formatted the new card before using it, but I have seen the same thing happen if I just put in a card without formatting it.
I originally noticed this when I brought some images into Lightroom and when done importing the two cards I saw a few images with a "-2" added to the filenames. I knew I didn't have duplicate images, and it took me a while to figure it out (which happened the next time I filled a card in the middle of a photo session). In the menu system I have it set to Create Folder: Monthly and File Numbering: Continuous.
Let me know the memory card is full
The second issue is somewhat related to above. When the memory card is full the camera doesn't pop up a big warning in the viewfinder or on the back screen saying "card full" (like on its dSLR big brothers). Instead it just says 0/0 in the viewfinder and I sit there pressing the shutter button over and over wondering why the camera stopped working. The "No memory card" and "Cannot record" messages are similarly small and not as noticeable as on the dSLR bodies. I am hoping that a firmware upgrade at some point could add a more visible notice that the memory card is full.
Tell me there is no memory card installed
Third is that there doesn't seem to be a menu option to prevent taking a photo with no memory card installed. You get the small "No Memory Card" and "Cannot record" messages in the viewfinder or on the back of the camera, but it still allows you to operate the shutter. There is a "Release shutter without lens" option. Again, maybe a firmware upgrade can add this menu option as on the dSLR bodies.
The fourth issue has to do with using lenses with Image Stabilization. When using the Canon EF 70-200 L F/4 IS lens and the Canon EFs 55-250 F/4-5.6 I notice that once I tap the shutter button the IS engages and stays on until I turn it off via the switch on the lens or by turning the camera off. On my dSLR bodies the IS disengages about 3 seconds after I lift pressure off the shutter button. Continuous AutoFocus is turned OFF on the camera. I worry about two things here, wearing out the IS components by being always on and battery life, which is already kind of poor because of the smaller battery in the smaller body and the electronic viewfinder. As an aside, I often fantasize that some day Canon will surprise mirrorless owners by sending a free spare battery to everyone who registers their camera).
*Using the lens adapter tripod mount
Up above I mentioned the EF to EOS M adapter and tripod mount. I don't have any EOS M lenses, so the adapter is permanently mounted on my camera. And I keep my Peak Design Pro Plate attached to the adapter instead of to the camera. Most photographers who know me know that I live by the hand strap. Unfortunately, my favorite hand strap, the Peak Design Clutch, is too big for use with the small mirrorless body. So I went with the SpiderLight Hand Strap (which had an orange trim available) for the EOS M5. I attach the hand strap to the lens adapter, too. I feel that this gives a good balance. takes some stress off of the camera's tripod socket with longer and heavier lenses attached, and it makes sure that the battery/memory card door on the bottom of the camera is free to open and close without having to move the tripod plate or the hand strap out of the way. I don't think it would work at all if I used the tripod mount on the camera body instead of on the lens adapter.
Are you using a Canon EOS M5? Do you like it? have you noticed any of the above issues? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
What do the images look like?
Here is a gallery of images in chronological order made with the Canon EOS M5 in a variety of situations, including theatre, studio, events, nature, etc.
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