EOS World Community Ambassador, Kevin Fan, is an avid photographer who indulges in photo outings on weekends when he is free. He started his photography journey because of his love for aviation and was passionate about capturing photos of aircraft in flying displays. He has since moved on to other genres, mainly landscape, travel, macro and monochrome.

My family and I recently embarked on a vacation to Labuan Bajo, situated on the northwestern tip of Flores Island in the Indonesian archipelago. This is also the centre from which travellers plan their tips out to the various islands of the Komodo National Park. To capture the beauty of Komodo Island at its best, I used the Canon EOS R body together with a Canon RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM and a Canon EF-EOS R Mount Adapter.

  Canon EOS R | 1/6317s / F4.0 / ISO 400 | Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM

To begin with, the menu is different from that of the EOS xD and EOS xxD series bodies which I am familiar using. Fortunately, the menu system is easy to get used to. In about an hour or so and I was able to use it without any challenge which was great!

Canon EOS R | 1/32s / F8.0 / ISO 200 | Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM

The body is lightweight and this helps when going for long walks or hikes.

Canon EOS R | 1/10s / F8.0 / ISO 400 | Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM

The low-light performance of the camera is impressive with good high ISO noise control. Dynamic range is also quite good – this is at least one stop better than the current body I am using (which to be fair, is long in the tooth).

Canon EOS R | 20.7s / F4.0 / ISO 3200 | Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM

To be on the safe side, I took shots using the inbuilt High Dynamic Range (HDR) function but found out that this was not necessary in most cases. The results of the in-camera processed HDR shots could be improved in my opinion.

Canon EOS R | 1/149s / F4 / ISO 3200 | Canon RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) was very useful as it shows the exposure of the scene based on current exposure settings and it also helps the user determine an optimal setting before firing the shutter. To conserve power (and also to protect the rear LCD from accidental scratches), I mostly flipped the EVF close and used it only for changing menu settings or reviewing shots.

Canon EOS R | 1/49s / F10.0 / ISO 200 | Canon RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM

Canon EOS R | 1/400s / F8.0 / ISO 200 | Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM

The battery capacity is good for easily at least 400+ shots, considering that the EVF and the LCD screen takes up a lot of power.

Canon EOS R | 1/166s / F8.0 / ISO 400 | Canon RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM

The zoom function can be challenging to use as it is easily triggered. In addition, due to the layout of the buttons on the rear right side of the body, one has to press the playback button twice to disengage in order to properly compose using the EVF.

Canon EOS R | 1/332s / F8.0 / ISO 200 | Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Overall, the camera exceeds my expectations so much so that I’m tempted to get my own set for myself.