Sunday 3 March 2019

Technology update

ChaosCentral is experimenting with a Canon EOS M50 ( to explore its capabilities when using the EF lenses used on the DSLRs we usually use.  Key learnings so far:

  • using the larger EF lenses with a tiny camera body feels very strange;
  • using face-detect for the presentation shots makes focusing more simple, but causes "image in the frame" centering problems as we adapt to having the focus point move around rather than being fixed;
  • EVF v OVF increases visual lag, minimal but noticeable;
  • AI Servo tracking with multi-shot and face detection works extremely well once a target face is acquired, works less well when multiple faces are in a group or moving in and out of a group, it tries to select the "best" face rather than the one the photographer may want;
  • image quality is excellent at f2.8, 1/400, ISO 100 up to ISO 1600;
  • with all the detection/focus-tracking options set on, battery life is not good, probably 300 shots, that means one battery per section!
There is no intention of using the M50 for action shots, but it does an exceptional job for presentation shots when used with EF lenses.  More details as the experimentation continues...