It hasn't been an easy process, I have to admit it, but finally I made the move and I bought a new Canon EOS R, yes a mirrorless. I have always been skeptical about these cameras due to some aspects. The lack of mirror (so a lot of dust on he sensor), a small size, not much consistency, the EVF (Electronic View Finder) and other features of this new sistem.
My first full frame camera was a Canon EOS 6D, I've been using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III for five years and I absolutely love it. I won't never sell it unless I will really really need to do it! The 5D Mark III is a great camera, reliable, solid, comfortable to have in your hands, yes heavy (like all the professional DLSR cameras). Offering great image quality and all the other great features that an amazing Canon EOS 5D can offer.
Using these cameras for a long time made me able to manage them properly. I had the chance to experience in some ways (don't misinterpret me) how real photography and being a real photographer is in the era of digital photography. It has been challenging and sometimes it still is (it will be clearer speaking about the new Canon EOS R). You need to know it, to know the reactions of the camera to the different light conditions, you need to face the demanding "focus and recompose" with the wide aperture of prime lenses like by beloved Canon 50mm at f/1.2, 1.4 ecc. So you have a nice beast in your hand that once tamed gives you great satisfactions!
So I did it, I switched to the new Canon EOS R, but I stil have my Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I know that it will be extremely useful again and there could be no better choice as a second body. I decided for this change because traveling often I wanted something lighter but powerful. Something that would have allowed me to use my Canon L lenses without spending a lot of money to replace my Canon gear thanking to the control ring mount adapter.
The first impact was strange, this light camera in your hand gives you the appearance of a fragile tool. Instead keeping a bit you immediately understand that you were wrong and the list of plus starts. The body is lighter but solid and well built and the feeling is good with a great ergonomics even though is way smaller than the Mark III.
The menu is pretty much the same but bit more complicated because photo and video settings are visible just if you are using that specific mode (personally I don't care too much because I use it just for photography). And man... a curtain covering the sensor every time that you turn off the camera. Extremely useful when changing lens in difficult situations.
Camera is smaller so obviously the space for buttons on it is reduced and limited, but it's a necessary compromise. There's a touch screen and less buttons that means more combinations to memorize to move around the settings easily. AF is simply perfect and you can focus all over the touch screen that in some cases it's a huge help. The same for the control ring on the adapter that allows to check and modify the exposure quickly.
The ring is particularly nice thinking about the EVF. A real huge help to achieve the best exposure with extreme light conditions, especially speaking about night photography. The EVF is something else with a strong impact switching to the mirrorless system. It's strange in the beginning getting used to that view if you came from the super clear and realistic one of the DLSR. It's just about time, and the results won't be long in coming..
The new firmware update 1.4.0 then was great. Now the eye recognition and the chase is crazy fast and efficient, so life with wide aperture lenses is easier now. This new Canon EOS R gave a sort of new life to my Canon 50mm f/1.2 and now I miss way less shots than before.
Sensor is bigger and quality improved. I was just a bit doubtful checking the first shots that were bit creamy compared to the ones with the Mark III. The reasons were two, the technical one is that it could happen that with a bigger sensor and old lenses micro contrast is reduced and some aberration are more visible. Then I forgot to set an higher value for the clarity on "Fidelity" mode like I did on the EOS 5D Mark III, after this the problem was solved. The result anyway was great, quality and colors are beautiful and using some lenses is a new beautiful experience.
There are also some cons that for me and my job with Canon cameras are not that important as soon I achieved great results in terms of quality. The most debated one is the absence of the second slot for the memory card. I never used the second card and I learned that the main aspect to care about is to never cancel pictures directly from the camera. Body is not stabilized but if you don't do videos is not a big deal and coming from the DLSR world it was not the first thing I was looking for. I had the stabilizer on some lenses but I never noticed the difference too much.
The battery actually drains a lot, obviously way faster than a reflex because. With EVF is like to have the live view constantly active plus the touch screen. Speaking about battery drain, another thing that I don't like is the bluetooth remote instead the good old infrared one. Now the easier way to shoot remotely is downloading on your phone the app Camera Connect. Pretty nice and useful but through this the wireless and bluetooth drain also the battery of the phone. So probably I'll buy a remote with the wire! I don't want to say too much about the touch bar, I didn't do many setting trial, it seems bit difficult to use and a joystick would have been better for sure, but again, space is reduced.
This camera is incredibly customizable and light (the Mark III is so heavy taking it after couple of weeks!), more than every camera I ever tried. I set everything (ISO, aperture, over/underexposure) on buttons and rings in order to have the full control of the camera. There's still something that I have to fix to be completely comfortable with it but its's just matter of time! The few cons are not a problem yet, but eventually I'll let you know!
Finally I want to thank Megumi for being the model during my first trial of this new Canon EOS R! So don't hesitate to check my website and book your portrait session!
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