Just passing this along...since it qualifies as a "screaming bargain." B&H Photo is offering the Canon EOS M with the 22mm ƒ/2 lens for half price: $300 instead of the regular $600.
The kit with the zoom lens is also $300 off, although that's not quite half.
Good for the next five days or so...or whenever they run out, whichever comes first.
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Kirk Tuck: "I shot [with] one and even at half price it's still not worth it."
Mike replies: I should add I've never shot with one or seen one. I'm just passing along the closeouts.
I've talked to people who like theirs, and to others who've agreed with Kirk. One friend got one with a bad 22mm lens. I should recall who that was, but I don't. Gizmodo's review asks, "Should you buy it?" and answers its own question, bluntly, with "No." Of course, that was at $800. With Canon picking up $500 of that tab, that answer might well change to "maybe."
John Driggers: "Most negative comments about the EOS-M were about slow focusing—and it was horrible using multiple focus points and the shutter release. Using a single focus point and recomposing, or using the touch screen pick-a-focus-point-and-trip-the-shutter-when-in-focus worked pretty well in reasonable light, but slowed down some in dim light.
"One other gotcha for a lot of people was the the EOS Utility was listed as supported—that's the software that lets you tether the camera to a computer and control all the camera functions (and there are Android apps that work to do the same via cable if the camera is fully supported by the EOS Utility). But it was dumbed down for the EOS-M and only lets you trip the shutter, but not control the camera.
"Canon recently introduced a wide-angle zoom in this lens mount—you often wait years to get that with other mirrorless systems (Sony I am talking to you). [I assume John is talking about the 18–55mm lens, which is the only zoom Canon appears to offer for the EOS M. It is not a WA zoom but a normal zoom with a 28.8mm-equivalent wide end. —Ed.]
"A new firmware update speeds AF for the EOS-M, but it remains to be seen how much.
"Likely, this fire sale precedes the release of a sucessor to the EOS-M that will probably have the same style sensor as the new Canon 70D (which Mike called evolutionary—but which I, along with many others, think is really revolutionary).
"This will be a major game changer for the M series. If they add an EVF option and tilt screen, it will be a killer camera. (Full) remote control by Wi-Fi would also be a killer feature.
"We'll have to wait and see about the new M. But at $300 for the current version, you're only paying $84 for the body—Amazon sells the lens alone for $216.
"Despite its shortcomings, it seems like a good value to me. I'll bite."
Ivan Muller: "I have to disagree with Kirk on this one.... I have one bought as a backup for my 5D Mark II. I shot corporate group photos yesterday and used the EOS M and 22mm lens for about half of the shots, just to see how it would perform. It just worked wonderfully with a nice and clear screen and quick and easy placements of the AF point, and with the new firmware update the AF was fast enough and the quality was impressive at 800 ISO. In fact it was easier to use than the 5D Mark II.... The point is that I felt comfortable enough using the EOS M in a group photo situation where there is already a bit of extra pressure and making a fool of oneself in front of a bunch of people is not an option. I mailed some of the EOS M images to my client and the short reply was: 'friccin love it!!'"
David Teo: "Mike, I think John Driggers was referring to the 11–22mm ƒ/4–5.6 EF-M lens made specially for the EOS M. That gives the equivalent of 18–35mm in 35mm terms."
Mike replies: Is that real? It isn't listed at Canon USA nor is it listed at B&H or Amazon.
Svein-Frode (partial comment): "Used one for a week and lost the last bit of faith I had in Canon during those uneventful seven days."
Paulo Bizarro (partial comment): "This is the best small camera that I have used in 20 years for travel and documentary photography."