The image above is from Adorama. I bought my first piece of gear from them in the early to mid 1980’s.
This is not a review of the Canon EOS R. There are plenty of those on YouTube. This is also not about specs. But this post is about my short version take on the Canon EOS R about 30 days into using it.
When the Canon EOS R was first released in late 2018, I did not immediately move over to Canon’s first full frame mirrorless camera. I was disappointed that it did not have dual cards because I had become accustomed to dual cards in my Mark III and Mark IV that were my current cameras when the EOS R was released.
I bought two Canon EOS R’s in July 2019 shortly before going on a shoot in Los Angeles. I traded in both my Mark III and Mark IV and dove into learning the EOS R. I truly put it to the test on a very high pressure photoshoot in Los Angeles. I managed to shoot both stills and grab some video B roll clips for the Fortune 500 client that flew me from Raleigh to Los Angeles.
One of my top personal motivations for moving to the Canon EOS R from the Mark III and Mark IV was FOCUS. I’m talking about using autofocus to get focused on the subject. After 7 years of using the Mark III and 3 years of using the Mark IV, I felt like there were two problems. One, focus points. There are 61 in the Mark III and the Mark IV with a little more room in the Mark IV. However, I couldn’t always get a focus point where I wanted it. Two, grabbing focus. After years of using the Mark III and Mark IV, I felt like I was missing consistently grabbing focus.
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the focusing features on the Canon EOS R. I’m able to move a single point focus to virtually anywhere I need it on the screen which no longer limits me to how I frame up the shot. I’m able to use face and eye detection for portraits which is critical for shallow depth of field. The camera recognizes both the face and one of the eyes. The autofocus puts a focal point right over one of the eyes. In addition to numerous autofocus features, the manual focus feature on the EOS R has me back to becoming a fan of manual focus.
Beyond the focus features, I enjoy numerous other things about the EOS R which would make this post way too long. For me, there are no regrets in making the switch.
If you are a current Canon shooter and especially a Mark IV and/or Mark III shooter, you may want to seriously consider the EOS R. I’ve owned several Canon cameras and the EOS R is by far my favorite so far.
If you are interested in buying a Canon EOS R and/or looking at the specs, head on over to Adorama.