Wisnu H. Yudhanto, is an EOS World Council Member that has honed his photography skills over the years in various events, weddings and portraiture. Photography is his passion and he believes in pursuing new experiences while maintaining a sense of curiosity about the world. Read this article to find out more about his experience with the new Canon EOS R!
I was delighted when Canon Singapore contacted me to try their latest highly advanced product; the new full-frame mirrorless camera – Canon EOS R. The timing was perfect as I had several exciting assignment lined-up at the same time.
When I held this Canon baby in my hand, I had a totally different feeling as I usually work with my DSLR. But the design and the ergonomic body allowed me to learn all the features and buttons in a short length of time. The holy trinity of Photography; aperture, speed and ISO buttons can be easily customised to our liking on the body.
Therefore, I was confident to carry this Canon EOS R to my assignment the next day.
My highly anticipated heavy metal band concert; Judas Priest, was my first real field-test for this camera. Frankly, concert photography, especially with a rock or heavy metal bands, is the ultimate challenge in the world of photography. With limited time, limited access, no command over the actual performance or lighting, it requires us to familiarise with the camera buttons and ‘shoot blindly’, in order to anticipate the fast-changing lightings and situation. As a Canon EOS R newbie, I enjoyed the easy button access and fast-tracking feature.
One point of praise from me is its Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). EVF is key to the user experience. The EVF is like a window on the world for mirrorless camera users, similar to the screen on your smartphone or computer. This means that unlike the DSLR, I can instantly see the condition of the exposure of my frame and quickly change if needed without even needing to lift my eyes from the camera to check.
I was totally in awe when I saw the result on my computer screen during the post-processing. I’m happy to say that the new RF lens, when paired with the EOS R, takes gorgeous photos. The raw files gave me a little amount of adjustment. They look crisp, bright, vibrant but realistic. The dynamic range is up to my liking, it retains good information in the shadows while doing a good job of keeping highlights from being blown out. There were even a few images where I was like, “Wow, I’m not going to touch that at all.”
My next battlefield was a sports assignment and I was in luck again, as it was one of my favourite sports to shoot – rugby! I was instantly impressed with how quickly the EOS R was able to focus on this fast action sport. The native RF-EF adapter that I used on the Canon EF 70-200mm didn’t slow me down at all. And with several tracking focus options to choose, I had no problem getting tack sharp focus in every shot. The big rear LCD also has a touchscreen, which helped me a lot when I was shooting low-angle.
Canon EOS R | EF 70-200mm | f/2.8 | 1/8000 | ISO320
Canon EOS R | EF 70-200mm | f/2.8 | 1/1250 | ISO400
In low-light situations, the EOS R performed better than I expected. The camera maintains to capture a lot of details in the shadow but yet the highlights still make images look natural. The image noise is clean enough for me in most situations. Some of my shots here were taken in dim conditions that it wasn’t very easy to focus, and yet the images captured were bright, tack sharp, saturated and remarkably detailed.
For all of the above reasons, I am happy to have brought home the Canon EOS R along with the newly-released lens. Canon has done a remarkable job with the first iteration of its full-frame mirrorless system. Most of us do photography because we enjoy and love it. And Canon EOS R provides a more enjoyable experience for me.