Planning to get a new camera? EOS World Council Member Barry Seah, shares with us his experience using the new Canon EOS R on his recent trip to Los Angeles and Seattle. In addition, look out for key tips on how to adjust your camera settings to capture that perfect shot!
I would like to thank Canon for giving me the opportunity to try out the new Canon EOS R – the first full frame mirrorless by Canon. In addition to capturing some stunning shots in Los Angeles and Seattle, I also got to use the EOS R to capture memories of my sister’s wedding.
So let’s dive into my review of the EOS R:
Body and Built
I was provided with the EOS R with the Canon RF24-105mm F/4L IS USM lens. With its robust build, this camera is weather sealed. Therefore, I was able to shoot photos in cold temperatures below 5 degrees and at snowy mountains. The downside about this setup is that it is a little heavy to walk around with, especially when you are walking long distances as well as across mountains and slopes. Guess that’s the trade-off for the quality robust build of the EOS R:
The battery life was impressive despite the freezing temperature. It lasted me throughout the day. The rest of the dials were ok to adapt to, but not the multi-function bar that was highly sensitive. For example, when adjusting your ISO, it will go crazy when you accidentally swipe your nose against it while holding up the camera to your eye. So maybe it just takes a little more getting used to.
As for the lens, it is really silent when focusing and it is decently fast too. It also has a customisable ring. Although I didn’t have the use of it during my trip, I find that it is a useful feature that I might use in future. For example, when adjusting the aperture. I can focus on handling one dial, change the aperture through the ring and just slide back my hand for normal zoom. It might sound complicated but it can easily save microseconds. Last but not least is the wonderful vari-angle touch screen. Not everyone knows about this but it acts as a focal point “mousepad” enabling you to focus faster. Just look in the viewfinder with the screen open and move your finger around it. You will find it!
Image Quality and Tracking
The image quality, tracking and the camera’s low light handling are awesome.
Here are some photos that I took during my trip and I will share my experience shooting each of them here:
You must be wondering why I shot with ISO 800 in daylight. Well, for a start, the location is not as bright as what you see in the picture. It was heavily overcast outside the Airbnb we stayed in L.A and I needed a high shutter speed to have a slightly blurred leaves action captured. The girl featured is my sister’s friend, Marie, who was nice to let me capture her photos and share in this review. I chose not to fully freeze the leaves as it would have looked like she is just smiling with floating leaves which would not have brought any emotion to the image. I was amazed that when I pointed the lens towards her with the EOS R, it immediately detected her face and focused on her. The focus remained on point no matter how many times she threw the leaves.
With the Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD, taking this photo was a breeze. Notice the letter M created with leaves from top view? Travel is about fun. So when you go out and shoot, play with the angles!
Guess what? This shot was not taken with a tripod! The wonderful part about the IS (Image Stabilization) of the Canon RF24-105mm F/4L IS USM is that even with the slow shutter, It still kept the building sharp. This shot was taken around 4:30 PM in Seattle. The sun sets way earlier there than here in Singapore. I shot this in slow shutter to bring the emotion of moving crowd in the area.
Night falls quickly and I was fortunate enough to capture Seattle Fire Department in the City with their fire engine in front. When you travel, keep a lookout for amazing opportunities like this. This was my second shot. I decided to walk back to the same area and capture a better shot. The first shot just featured the building itself, which is rather uninteresting.
Here’s a shot of my sister getting ready for her wedding. I am really happy with the skin tone captured by the EOS R as shown in this photo.
This shot was taken in an extremely low light environment. The church was rather dim so I decided to use flash in this shot. Despite low light conditions, the EOS R still focuses very well. The unfortunate part is that I had to gauge the ambient on my own. When I attached my flash on the EOS R, I was unable to see my ambient conditions and control my flash accordingly.
Yes, ETTL does help! However, as my brother-in-law was wearing black and my sister was wearing white, ETTL sometimes causes the shot to be either overexposed or underexposed. Therefore I usually adjust my flash manually like how I would when I’m shooting in my studio. I agree, in a wedding or an event, manual flash photography can be risky but I find that manual control is the best for me to get my shot lighted how I want it to be.
This shot was taken at Snoqualmie Falls of Seattle. I converted this image to black and white to highlight the textures of the river below the falls. In reality, the falls are much higher than what it seems from the photo. As shown, the EOS R does a wonderful job highlighting the shadow details. I did not have to edit the photo much other than the contrast. After this shot, I ran for shelter as hail started coming down on me.
This is another shot, taken from the top down from the Snoqualmie Pass, which is around 20 minutes away from Snoqualmie Falls.
Last but not least, a panorama shot of Seattle Skyline. This photo was taken at a focal length of 105 mm from the place I was standing from. The Seattle Skyline is rather small so had to zoom in all the way.
So… Here’s my conclusion of the EOS R:
It is a great camera for beginners as it is easier to maintain compared to a traditional DSLR, it serves as a great portrait camera due to its fast focusing capability and works well as a great travel companion thanks to its face detection feature too!