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Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

Review Date: Dec 3, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Lightweight, inexpensive, close focusing, creamy bokeh, sharp in the center wide open, and just gets better stopped down
Slower focusing, unit focusing construction (entire unit moves in and out on focus). Extends and retracts on power up/down, so feel like I need to be careful with it.

This lens is very surprising, and it's worth getting the M just to use it, if you like the FL.

The lens is very useable wide open. It's small and lightweight. Frankly, IMO it supplants the nifty fifty as "best bang for the buck" by a wide margin. I would say I enjoy shooting with this lens more than the 50/1.4 or the 85/1.8. Better output, smaller. The only penalties you pay may be build quality and focus speed.

Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i DSLR

Review Date: Oct 28, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: $799.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Shoots video! Also has spot metering and ISO3200. Small and light. Big, high Res LCD. SD card support.
Common rebel issues (plastic build, small). I don't mind this, but some do. What I really did not appreciate was the controls lay-out. No EV control in video. Large RAW files with no sRAW.

It was fun to play with the video, but having to move the mode dial to video was an irritant. Especially because there were so many settings between PASM and movie mode (scenes and CA), so you really had to look at the camera to move back and forth. A dedicated video button would have been a help.

Personally, I'm not sure I like movie mode on these DSLRs, as you use live view, which means you're holding a large-ish camera out in front of you, and it's unstable. Also, AF in Live View is slow, so it's better to go MF, and the live view screen is not great for MF in full day light. But that's not a knock on the T1i itself, but for most video DSLRs.

What I REALLY didn't like in the T1i was the stills controls. In my XTi there are five "thumb" buttons (four in a circle and the set button in the middle) from which I could access ISO, WB, AF mode, metering mode and use set for flash compensation, all right at my thumb.

The T1i isn't like that. ISO is now behind the shutter and (for me) ergonomically uncomfortable to access. It may be different for others.

Additionally, they've added "picture styles" (natural, vivid, etc. -- a jpg setting) and burst mode to the four buttons in a circle -- meaning you have to leave out either flash compensation or exposure compensation from your thumb settings, and instead access one or the other from the menus section.

For me, I lost my common settings, with ISO going to an inconvenient location (for my hands) and losing one of the compensation settings in favor of a jpg setting.

Also, I really like having the "play" button for review on the left side. Hold the camera in my right hand, and flip through shots with my left. This re-arrangement of buttons was done to make room for the larger LCD, so that's just trade-off.

I didn't see any appreciable up-tick in IQ over my XTi in RAW (not sure about jpg).