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Some compromises, but also some surprises
I mostly shoot Canon (plus a few older film cameras). Canon has been notoriously slow to the mirrorless market, and their first few mirrorless releases were ordinary to say the least. But the M5 arrived with a fair bit of fanfare - an integrated electronic viewfinder, a great sensor (same as the 80D) and a few other bits and pieces that set it apart.
I also got the EF-M 22mm f2 lens to go with it.
Compared to my 5Ds and 5D IV, it's a much smaller package. Very light. In fact, it almost felt a bit too small in my hands, and this took me aw...hile to get used to. I'm still not sure that I'm used to it. But, the weight savings mean that I can chase my kids around at the playground, get some nice shots, but also not have a very heavy camera to deal with. I still haven't quite worked out the best solution for putting it away to keep playing with my kids yet. It's not pocketable, bumbags look daggy, and neck straps mean that it swings around a bit. I'd appreciate any thoughts there! As I mostly shoot full frame, going to an APS-C sensor means some changes on my part that I had to get used to - thinking in different mm focal lengths, etc. That's not too bad if you're using primes. The EF-M lens selection is dismal at the moment (although new ones are on the way according to the rumour sites, including a fast 50mm equivalent). I'd been disappointed with the quality of the shots that I saw on the screen, particularly in low light, even with the relatively fast EF-M 22mm f2. With an official adapter, I can use my EF glass. I have a few L series lenses that I've tried on it, and it really makes a HUGE difference in image quality. My 35mm f1.4L II comes out with gorgeous shots. Of course, these are much bigger and heavier, so you start to lose that weight saving. Having said that, I really like the look and feel of the 35mm f1.4L II on the front of the M5. I'm not sure why. It just feels good. It's front heavy, yes, but if you hold the lens rather than just the body, it somehow feels - right.
Questions & Answers
what is the cost
Directly from Canon, it's currently $1,049 for the body only - no lenses. Or go to JB Hifi and it's $1,099 with a 15-45mm kit lens, or get the same from Ryda via eBay for about $970.
There are deals around, and I'm sure there are many available secondhand.
Not to be confused with the M50, which is cheaper.
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