This real world Canon EOS R review was originally shared to my Patreon, only in low-cal of the new Canon cameras being released, I wanted to update it with a few notes
Since the new EOS R6 and R5 are both coming out and the Canon EOS R might be on your wish list if they don’t pan out, I really wanted to get down some thoughts on this camera because it’s been my workhorse since it came out in Oct 2018.
Earlier we begin, a note:
I’m not a tech nerd
and I don’t buy gear all the time. I’g not ofttimes an early tech adopter. I often don’t update my computer/software until information technology causes issues and I only upgrade phones when I go a hand-me-downward from Sam.
Because of this,
I don’t dear reading first impression reviews
when things first come out because they’re usually
not helpful for existent life purposes.
I bought the
Canon EOS R
as before long equally information technology came out (after trying Sam’south at two elopements and two sessions because, well, he pre-ordered it)
and I don’t regret it.
Since this is a real world Canon EOS R review (from Dec 2018) I wanted to brand certain my camera was well worn and when I wrote this review I was 3 weddings, 7 family sessions, 3 elopements, and 29,194 photos into this camera then I’m feeling confident that this is non a
postal service anymore.
(AND since this is being updated and shared publicly in July of 2020,
I tin say that it’southward been my master photographic camera EVER SINCE I bought it. I’m excited for the upgrades, but this photographic camera has been my baby. You tin see more recent piece of work on my instagram)
And, much similar my review for the 5D Mark IV Real World Review of the Catechism 5D Mark 4 for Wedding Photographers,
this review will be comparing my previous camera to the EOS R.
In this case, the Mark 4 vs the EOS R.
And so I’g going to go ahead and say information technology…
I do honey the EOS R.
Nosotros’re really getting married in the spring and you’re all invited. (Merely kidding. It’s family only.)
ONLY GOT Information technology
BECAUSE I actually already had a list of things I had problems with and wanted Canon to piece of work on and they totally stepped up to the plate!
The things I didn’t love about the 5D mark 4 that were
by the R are as follows:
- DSLRs are likewise big for my creepy doll hands
- I wanted fifty-fifty meliorate servo tracking
- Eye detection
- EVF (Electronic view finder).
- More than AF point coverage
- Mothercussing flip screen for video
- Focus peaking (though information technology’s limited somewhat unless you lot are using RF mountain lenses)
I’thou really excited to run across some of the upgraded features coming to the R5 and R6, but I expect these features to be the reason I stay with the EOS R family and not get back to the Marking Whatsoever lifestyle.
Information technology’south not my starting time mirrorless rodeo
I’ve previously owned used at weddings the Fuji X-T1, Fuji XPro2, and an all manual Leica rangefinder camera with an attachment that gives me EFV.
The colors were always weird with Fuji (plus the mirrorless cameras I had were cropped sensor), Sony has weird colors when I’ve only played with it, and though the Leica is beautiful, but it’s all transmission, then none of them fabricated it past fifty-fifty a few weddings.
I wanted to bring this upwards because I think
some people just become excited about their showtime mirrorless photographic camera because they’re so dissimilar from DSLRs.
It’south like the first time you appointment a guy in a band
and you’re all similar “oh my god, he’south similar an artist so he’due south sensitive and not similar other guys.” Which may be true for all band guys,
simply some ring dudes are turd-peopleand some are good folks.
when it’south a new thing, sometimes information technology’s difficult to know at first whether information technology’s a adept version of the thing or just new to you.
I wanted to address this early on:
Hither are some things I don’t care about/won’t be discussing:
- The single card slot (This was the norm just a few years ago! Become a harddrive to download your photos at your shoots to alleviate your woes or wait for the professional release in 2019, but I feel OK about it)
(But SINCE I’Yard updating this review — BOTH the EOS R5 and EOS R6 have dual menu slots – one has two SDs, one has CF/SD. I don’t have a preference on the cards I use, TBH!)
- Most things dealing with video, 4K, blah blah blah.
(This has also been upgraded with the R5 and R6, and even though I make YouTube videos, I still practise not intendance)
- Dual Pixel Focus (information technology’southward dumb. It seems similar a good thought and it isn’t).
I stand up by this in 2020.
- Auto settings (I shoot in transmission all the time, forever)
- The silent shutter (I recall it’s unnerving equally a subject so no)
- WiFi transfer (information technology’s cool and it works awesome if you desire to practise information technology, but that’s not for today).
- Cost (OK fine! It’s cheaper. I covered it.)
(Honestly, I’m looking at the EOS R6 instead of the R5 every bit a dorsum up body for my EOS R!)
- RF lenses (I’m non out to purchase a new kit, so I just own the adapters)
(2020 update – nope, I still do not own any RF lenses. The autofocus is bang-up with the adapters and the EOS R)
Information technology’s lighter and
I’m happy that my baby bird wrists have a camera that’s an advisable weight for carrying all day now.
Even with the adapter, it’s
ii.5 oz lighter. The EOS R’s 1.8 lbs vs the Marker IV’southward 2 lbs doesn’t seem similar a significant departure, but information technology adds upward over 8 hours if you lot’re tiny.
And yessssss, y’all
do need an
to employ your Canon lenses, just they volition all work!
The RF lenses are Canon’s new passion project (and so don’t expect also much innovation in the EF lenses anymore). Just for now, I’m not trying to purchase a whole new kit. I’m happy using the adapter.
The Catechism and Sigma lenses I already ain work even improve with this camera and
you can even get an
with a dial that you tin program to practise dissimilar things
(like command ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc). Mine does ISO stuff.
Likewise, it eats batteries IMO (I go through almost 3 fully charged batteries a wedding), but it has has all the perks I mentioned in the Mark Iv review on my site, and I’ll get into the differences below. And then here nosotros get!
Let’s talk virtually ISO, babe
Because I like to offset my reviews stiff and anybody loves a really dry, banal conversation near ISO (which literally stands for “international standards arrangement” so it’s fifty-fifty
than you idea).
Only honestly, stay with me for merely for a minute because the updates for the EOS R were good.
I’m non a stickler for super make clean images.
I’d rather deliver a grainy photo over a missed moment any mean solar day. Simply this camera has got a few things going for it and ISO improvement is one of them. Here are some samples because information technology’due south easier to show than talk about.
The default screen brightness, as is, can be difficult to see on a sunny day (like a laptop screen on a sunny day. Basically unusable) but to remedy this, the Canon gave us the selection on the EOS R to
“maximize screen brightness”push which quickly toggles my screen for piece of cake viewing when information technology’southward bright out. (actually, y’all tin can customize a ton of the buttons, simply you could on the Iv, likewise)
darker, default brightness
is definitely my preferred viewing for
(so I’one thousand not staring at a bright-ass screen during all other parts of the day).
Only because I typically left my Mark IV on full effulgence for the sun-smoothen-makes-it-hard-to-see-LCD-screens reason, this ways
I now accept a tendency to slightly overexpose with the R.
Which is awesome because
high ISO works way better at retaining highlights than shadows. All good things.
In fact, my tendency to
slightly overexpose is so ingrained in how I shoot on the EOS R, it meant that in my
real world shooting at loftier ISOs,
I was only able to notice
example where I underexposed at loftier ISOs.
And I wanted to evidence you how ugly the pushed files of this 25,600 image looks (it’s a very odd, circiular design, only information technology honestly
mostly goes away with noise reduction)
OMG EVF FTW
I have a deep beloved for EVF (electronic view finders) because it makes me feel like I have bionic eyes (my vision just isn’t great, y’all guys).
I even accept an adapter for the Leica I use when I vacation that has EVF, so
*this was one of the main reasons I wanted to become mirrorless.*
Reason #ane. You can STARE AT THE SUN WITH IT!
Because… information technology’s but a screen and not the actual lord’s day?
Although the R tells you every time yous plough it off not to exit your camera in directly sunlight. I’m risking it all considering lens flare is god. And look –
you can shoot backlit, see beautiful lens flare, and not go blind
(I’m no doc, but I, personally, believe not going blind because yous’ve been staring at the sunday is better for yous)
One of the biggest benefits I had with EVF was shooting in a dark space where people were
wandering in and out of spotlights
and being able to
see the exposure in existent time without having to apply live view.
At cocktail hours, in confined, or anytime where the exposure is
it’southward nice to exist able to use the EVF and expect like I know how cameras work, instead of chimping or using the LCD screen.
Just knowing that I was getting the image properly exposed without paying attending to spot metering made all the difference.
Use the light meter, you say? Are also trying to spread the gospel about blood letting and leeches every bit the latest medical advancements? Getouttahere <3
Because I’ve sung it’south praises so much in the past, I legitimately don’t want to
trash the Marker IV’south autofocus, because compared to previous iterations of Canon bodies, the Mark Four is
definitely improve. But it was merely… still was not
as fast/accurate as Nikon
cameras I’ve endemic.
OK, then I said information technology. The AF in the Mark IV is still slap-up.
is just freaking better.
Irksome focus issues I previously blamed on sure lenses (like the 50L and 85L) are gone.
At present, 85L is usable for me for things like
dancing and walking, which is a new, pleasant feel considering I’ve ever found it’southward
a real consequence for me (just purchase a self-help book, drink some vino, and quit social networking like the residual of the states, GOD!)
And AI-Servo motion tracking is more than consistent now!
With the EOS R, we now have
almost full screen AF point coverage
for movement tracking in EFV and in alive view!
For those of you
with the Marking IV, we were only able to use movement tracking all the way to the edges when y’all were
in live view.
Tracking in the viewfinder was express to about a 1/3rd of the screen – mostly in the very middle, which limited composing.
And honestly, I felt similar tracking always worked a little better in live view anyway, but I merely tin’t shoot in alive view constantly.
The EOS R, though, has been super reliable and I feel similar my
compositions are better
because I can easily employ my left thumb to movement my focus point around on the LCD screen.
(fifty-fifty when I’thou looking through the view finder – I’ve designated the left side of my LCD screen as
my AF point map!)
at that place was kind of a learning curve for me when it came to focus and recomposing with tracking
I feel like I have to exercise a slightly slower swooping move, than the quick jerk I wanted to practice. This isn’t a practiced description. Basically, I complained about the motion tracking at starting time and it was user error and it works neat.
Too, just a quick note, the
AF works so much better in dark areas, guys!
Eye and face detection!
I’ll brand this quick, only we likewise merely had face detection in live view on the Mark Iv.
The EOS R has really reliable eye detection
for portraits and I use face up detection for portraits, toasts, ceremonies where I’m not shooting downwards the aisle (because it really wants y’all to photograph the officiant), but this
simply works in AI-Focus modeso it’s not groovy for processional and recessional photos.
Basically, for the almost part, I’g always in
SERVO mode and using move tracking.
Overall, I feel like my hit-rate in
is the same, merely my compositions are better because I tin recompose faster. So I’m getting the shots I want and they aren’t eye composed out of necessity.
I quite literally never use manual focus,
except for ring shots and when I’g using the 45mm tilt/shift
and for the tilt shift lonely, the R has made me so dang happy.
Admittedly, my compositions are, again, and so much better because I no longer using live view to zoom in, focus, zoom out, and endeavor to continue my subjects in that general area (which is how I had to use T/S lenses before because my vision isn’t great).
*Not having to work around your or your camera’southward limitations is so freeing.*
Things that also aren’t great:
If you are coming from the Mark Four, godspeed to y’all.
The functions and layout of the buttons
are slightly unlike.
Or, they’re in the
aforementioned place, only tin can’t be fabricated to practise the same things.
My own retention sensory for the Marker 4/Mark Three (they’re super similar) torso layout is
so the R makes me experience confused a lot when changing things quickly is needed.
The R body reminds me
of the Mark IV, merely it’s
different and since I’m notwithstanding shooting with both the IV and the R, it’s a mind eff.
Going back and forth between the Mark IV and the R means
I striking the left side of my screen
a lot thinking I’m going to striking those buttons on the left side of the IV that are
on the R.
It made me feel dumb because I’ve shot with separate camera bodies multiple times in my career without upshot!
I‘ve shot Catechism+Nikon, Catechism+Leica, Catechism+Fuji, and feel has taught me that with a TOTALLY NEW/DIFFERENT brand photographic camera, you’re actively aware that y’all
either… don’t know where things are so you lot expect for them
you just have new mental maps of where all the things are on unlike bodies considering
they feel dissimilar and expect unlike through the lens.
Merely with the Catechism R, the look and layout are so like to the Iv, I go on hitting sure areas on my camera and they don’t do the same affair as the Marking Four and I just get dislocated and information technology slows me down. A lot.
I experience similar using a different brand of photographic camera vs a slightly different Catechism camera is the equivalence of walking through someone else’s habitation in the night vs walking into your own home in the dark —- but someone has moved the furniture.
I ended up banging my legs a lot because things aren’t where I look them to be, basically. Also, what was I doing in my friends home when it’southward night? Why did I think that was going to exist relatable? Please don’t call the cops over my metaphor.
I fully expect this feeling to go abroad
once I accept two EOS R bodies in my hands. Just! I’ve heard Canon volition be releasing 2 new EOS R series bodies in 2019, so I’m going to wait and come across what they practice because the rumors seem promising (not like the rumor that I take a tail. I don’t, btw. I know that’s exactly what you would await someone with a tail to say, just I wanted to have this opportunity to articulate the air).
In the meantime,
I’m going to go along to accidentally turn my screen off when I shoot portrait orientation
because my mitt covers the EVF sensor and accidentally alter my ISO because I’m constantly knocking the adapter band.
Oh, also, here’s a bummer: the screen flips upward and down up, but only when it’s flipped out to the side!
This is light-headed and needs to be mentioned because I liked the idea of a flip up/down screen a lot, but I’m like xc% certain I’ll snap it off if I shoot with it out. It is, all the same, amazing for shooting video!
doesn’t play nicely with Canon flash focusing beams!
Simply THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD THING! I remember the honest to goodness goal should be to have a photographic camera that doesn’t require an external focus beam so I can buy one of these little baby flashes because the weight is ALL THROWN OFF with my giant SB-600 atop my little baby mirrorless.
And I volition say that the improved
low low-cal focusing
has been a god send to correct this lack-of-feature AND it means I can shoot dances in AI-SERVO instead of AI-FOCUS (AI-FOCUS is the only way to brand the focus assist beam piece of work on the Marking IV, ya know).
At that place’s as well an assist beam built into the camera but I’ve never been in a shooting state of affairs where it’s came on. It has to be
for information technology to activate.
I didn’t want to end with my criticisms of the camera, just I feel similar
a lot of good things already
and even the bad things weren’t all that bad.
Truthfully, this camera has me wagging my totally non-existent tail that isn’t real (finish asking) and information technology’s alleviated some of my wrist strain, too.
Do yous have any questions about the EOS R? Let me know and I hope y’all’re having a great week so far!