EOS World Community Ambassador Mark Anthony Lim is a nurse by profession and a passionate photographer in his leisure time. In this article, he shares his experiences shooting the construction of the new Thomson-East Coast MRT line in lieu with Land Transport Authority’s #TELTheFullPicture campaign with the new Canon EOS R!
Firstly, I’d like to thank the people who were involved in the construction of the train stations. I was truly impressed by the way they work to make seamless commuting possible!
Being chosen by EOS World to be one of the 13 photographers for this project was one of my life’s biggest photography experiences. It is indeed a once in a lifetime photo clinic experience with the new Canon EOS R – Canon’s first mirrorless full-frame camera. The photo clinic was divided into four groups and we were assigned to capture the different upcoming train stations. Each group was attached to a professional photographer that guided us during the photo clinic.
I was assigned to capture pictures of Orchard Station together with two other co-photographers. To begin with, we were given a brief and information on the work that was being done which we had to shoot. This enabled us to know what to expect and how we should comply with the safety regulations.
As a first-time user to a brand new camera system, this assignment became a challenge for me as the camera unit was only given on the day of the photo clinic. I read the manual the day before and watched a lot of videos about the Canon EOS R. The professional photographer assigned to us also shared some tips before we proceeded with the photo clinic.
Another challenge we encountered was the environment itself. As a safety protocol, we were required to wear Personal Protective Equipments. That to me was the hardest part of this challenge.
In addition, due to the low-light condition, it became more challenging for us to capture our shots.
Here are some things that I found interesting about the new Canon EOS R while shooting in conditions like these:
I’m currently using the Canon 5D Mark IV and I can’t help myself but to compare its buttons and dials to the Canon EOS R. I believe there’s a reason why Canon decided to change it up. As a first-time user, although I needed some time to get used to it initially, I got used to it rather easily as it was very user-friendly!
Most of my shots were taken at low angles. I tried to shoot as low as possible in order to achieve more dynamic photos. The tilt screen is one of my favourite features of the Canon EOS R. I could easily see what I wanted to shoot without having to lie on the floor.
The Touch AF is a superb feature of the Canon EOS R. Together with the tilt screen function, shooting was easy from both a low or high angle. Working with the Canon EOS R was as easy as 1,2,3! I just needed to point the camera to my subject and simply tap the focus point on the frame. Working with Canon EOS R is as easy as 1,2,3! I just need to point the camera to my subject and simply tap the focus point on the frame.
I believe this electronic viewfinder is a must have for beginners. It will help the user to see what they are capturing with ease. This really helped me during the shoot as the camera lets me know if my settings are properly set. If not, I could adjust the settings directly while looking at it before hitting the shutter button.
Low Light AF Capability
To me, this is the best function that the Canon EOS R has to offer. With its EV -6 low-light capabilities, the camera helped me focus on subjects even in extremely low-light conditions.
RF Lenses / Third Control Ring
I am very happy to say that the new RF lenses are one of the most beautiful creations of Canon. It produces high-quality images with overall sharpness and vibrant colour reproductions that add up to a new revolution of Canon lenses. The RF lenses that I used were mainly the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 USM. Another great innovation which was very useful to me is the addition of a third ring in the RF lenses that I could customise according to my needs. I used this mainly as my ISO control, especially when I was moving from a very low light area to well-lighted area inside the train station.