Canon EOS R

The Canon EOS R traveled with me over my lunch today for a long walk around campus. I wasn’t out to actually make usable images, but rather to just see with the camera. I love my Fujifilm XT20 and have had my reservations about getting a Canon mirrorless over a Fuji system. I needed some camera and me time to figure it all out.

Before setting out I had no problems figuring out where the buttons were and what my dials did. Since I’m familiar with Canon cameras, it took me all of two minutes to do the two things everyone should do when they first get a camera:

Turn off all beeping. I’m looking at you focus beeping

Set focus to back button

My only irritation was that I kept forgetting how to switch ISO quickly, but that worked itself out as I used it.

What amazed me the most when I started making images, is that the image in my viewfinder is exactly the image that I captured. I started to keep the flip screen shut unless I needed it to help compose. About half way through my walk I found that I wasn’t even reviewing images in the view finder. I was just trusting the camera to be doing what it showed me. This is something I didn’t experience with my XT20., which I find weird because the image I see in my Fuji is also the one I’m capturing. This might be due to a size difference, as the the Canon viewfinder is big and bright, while the Fuji is tiny in comparison.

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All of these images were created with the Canon EOS R, the EF to R lens Adapter and the Canon 35mm f2 IS lens. The adapter makes the camera slightly bigger than I want, but not having to purchase lenses is going to be completely worth it. The 35 has a vignette at f2 but I don’t mind it. It’s a great light weight alternative to the bigger Canon lenses.

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The biggest issue I had was not being able to actually edit these images at my main work station. I had to wait until I got home to edit them on my personal Adobe accounts. Institutions often don’t have the latest versions of software, and are under different contracts than individual or smaller companies might be. Upgrading can be a long process. I’m not a fan of having to upgrade software every time a new camera comes out.

All of these images were edited in Adobe Lightroom.

On the bright side, I really love this hallway in the UMKC Fine Arts building that houses the UMKC Gallery of Art.

I haven’t used the video functions on it in detail yet, but I do love the quickness at which I can switch to video and back into stills. The video record button is right next to the shutter release. I can switch back and forth without taking the camera from my eye. I’ll most likely dig it, provided I can program what the record button triggers in the terms of video format. That speed is 100% what I need as a multimedia photographer, even if the 4k crops in. I can deal with all things as long as I know about them and am prepared.

So far, I’m impressed with this camera. I’m not in love with it like I was when I first took out the Fujifilm xt20 but I think the Canon EOS R and me can be friends. I hope the friendship lasts awhile.