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Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit Unboxing, Initial Shots and Quick Review

If you know me at all, you will know that I am a hoarder  of “things”. “Things” fall into many different categories, but can be summarized as stuff that fuels my numerous hobbies. For example.. I have a gazillion Zippos.. million pairs of shoes.. thousands of fishing rod and reels…etcetera  etcetera …God knows why I NEED them. Another one of my favourite pastime is electronics (I will leave it at that, so it broadens the category so I can buy/collect more stuff this way). I frequently surf websites like www.canonrumors.com, www.ebay.com.au, www.ozbargain.com.au, and www.bhphotovideo.com while doing work and editing YOUR wedding photos. LOL. I couldn’t help but notice a new announcement by Canon on March 23rd 2013. Canon announces the “World’s Smallest and Lightest DLSR the EOS 100D / SL1″( http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/03/canon-u-s-a-announces-worlds-smallest-and-lightest-dslr-camera/ ).  I was very excited because I don’t like digicams…(I have the Canon S100) and my smallest Dslr in service is the 5D Mark 3 which is by no means pocketable for those less formal occasions. The Eos-M needed adaptors to use my EF lenses, makes the camera bigger, which defeats the purpose.  So my mind was set on getting my hands on a Canon 100D / SL1.

 

My initial searches on eBay returned no results, but my persistence paid off. After a grueling month of battling the waiting game, a Korean eBay seller with not-so-amazing feedback (and recent ID name change) listed the 100D. After confirming it is in stock, and “bargained” for a better deal = a free lcd screen protector……….. I bought it. I did contact my usual suppliers of camera equipment B&H photo and video, and Eglobal Cameras prior, as I have often dealt with them with zero problems. I was told it is not yet released, and eGlobal did not know when they will have supply, and B&H said approximately  April 30th (correct at the time of my shopping, eGlobal has it now for ..a measly $715…) . Again, for those that know me, I hate waiting. If I need to buy something, I WANT IT NOW.

 

The camera travelled all the way from Taiwan (place of manufacture) to Korea to China to Singapore to Sydney and then Brisbane… If it had accumulated frequent flyer points, I will be flying business class to a holiday destination in no time!

 

 

This is what is in the box. The usual stuff, the included camera strap looks a bit cheaply made (but I don’t use it anyway..). The usual barrage of useless cables, cd-roms?!?…I would really prefer to buy the body + battery and charger only..and leave out the rest of the rubbish and boxes and nicely printed manuals… Will Canon listen to me and release a cheaper version like that? haha Highly Doubt it. .
First thing you will notice.. is how small it is.. REALLY.. it is THAT SMALL. My last APS-C crop sensor camera was Canon EOS 20D which feels a hell lot bigger and heavier. The lcd is weird proportion (notice the extra black strip to the right hand side of the lcd monitor). I had to cut the lcd protector to fit (and free stuff are 99% of the time rubbish, as you can see in this case my free screen protector that I bargained to be included in the price). The 18-55mm IS STM new lens came in a plastic bag.. ha.. the packaging is just crap. However it came with the new style (finally caught up style) of Canon lens cap (Nikon / Sigma has been using similar design for many years). Both the camera body and lens are Made In Taiwan.  The battery is LP-E12 which is shared by many smaller consumer digicams and eos M. I bought some cheapo decoded knock offs from eBay since it is more a toy than a tool for work for me (fingers crossed they don’t blow up like the cheap and nasty mobile phone batteries..).

Personally I prefer the non-articulating screen. I find I am a tad rough with my gear, and rotating and flippy screens just wont do it. I knew the 100D came with a touch screen. After turning off the awful beeping touch noises, the touch screen actually made sense, as most of our devices (phones, tablets..) are all touch interface. You can select, enlarge, scroll left right, just like your Apple iPhone and android Smartphone! I thought as a professional, it will be “lame”, but after using it for a day, I wish it came on my higher end bodies! Come on Canon, please release this intuitive function in future pro bodies!

I just put it next to some of the gear I use for work, and put in the S100 digicam for your size reference. Also included in some lenses you might have or seen or used just for size comparison(70-200 F2.8L IS II, 24-70mm F2.8L, 50mm F1.2L, 18-55mm IS STM, Nikon 50mm, Canon 50mm F1.4…. I even threw in a 50mm Nikon 1.4G just for you Nikonians to size things up. Its not very scientific display, the photos are just for a quick reference. Please excuse the low quality iphone photos. I was in a rush to go out to take some test shots with the actual camera!

If you are wondering what the 3 small lenses are, they are all PANCAKE lenses. Voigtlander 20mm F3.5. Voigtlander 40mm F2. Canon 40mm F2.8 STM. The voigtlanders are metal manual focus lenses.

The test shots are shot in my yard and in Brisbane, Chinatown, Fortitude Valley.

Most of the test sample shots below are shot with the Canon 40mm F2.8 STM pancake simply because it makes the camera the smallest Auto focus combination that I could conjure up. It is not a conclusive selection of photos as I only spent a few hours with the camera before writing up this blog. So please view with that in mind. All the photos are shot in Jpeg as most of its target users will probably not bother with RAW. All the images are straight out from the camera and resized with photomechanic. No additional editing is applied.
My personal quick thoughts are :

PROs:
nice and small, (new shutter button position helps the hold on the tiny camera body), My ring finger and pinky don’t fit on the grip..
feels ok sturdy for general use
touch screen
feels just at home for canon users (I do miss the wheel, but there must be compromises somewhere with the size reduction right?)
the photos will look the same as 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D when taken by the same user.
ISo 3200 is useable

CONs:
I tried on the 24-70 F2.8L II and gosh, its very head heavy.. not well balanced. Should use lighter lenses to make it a more balanced package. The included Kit lens combined is a good package size.
the AF is slower at night, and the viewfinder is quite small and dim (but it is the same across the board with the aps-c bodies)
those with big hands, try it out in the shop before you buy
the price is not cheaper than the 650D, 700D.
ISo6400 is not comparable to 5D Mark 3 (but its different class of camera) a lot of smudging and noise and lose of detail and softness

I would recommend it for beginners as their first camera. Or a holiday/walk around body for serious amateurs and professionals. In capable hands, the camera will give same or better results as semi-pro body eos 7D. and When I shoot in raw with nice lenses and apply the PS digital darkroom, I doubt many can tell apart the resized photos from a photo taken with a pro-body that costs many many times its pricetag.

 

Peace out. -Oliver

 

If you have any questions regarding this camera/lenses, please email me at info@oliverkuo.com.au And I will try to get back to you asap.

PS Oh and if you noticed in the photos.. the New HTC ONE M7. It arrived in the post today. And the screen looks amazing! It makes me squint looking at my iPhone screens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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