Canon EOS R
canon eos r

In this blog, I want to talk about switching to Canon EOS R. I have now owned the Canon EOS R for almost a month. This is the camera I choose to make my switch into mirrorless.

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But first the specs.

Sensor: 30.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor

Lens mount: Canon RF mount

Screen: 3.15-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,100,000 dots

Burst shooting: 8fps

Autofocus: 5,655-point AF

Video: 4K

Connectivity: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Battery life:  350/370 shots (EVF/LCD)

Weight: 660g with battery and memory card.

Canon cameras I own.

I first started off with the canon eos 40d. Then I purchased my first professional canon eos 6d. A few months later I purchased the canon eos 5d original. Then I purchased another canon 5d MkII. I was reluctant to sell any of my cameras and at this stage. I had now 4 cameras. After using the 5d MkII for almost a year. I sold it and purchased another canon 6d. Both the canon 6d cameras became my everyday workhorses. As another year past, I sold the canon 40d and I bought a Canon 6d MKII.

Suffering from serious tennis elbow.

I was struggling to hold the Canon 6d cameras and the 70-200 f2.8 lens with full grip for long periods. This made me questions should I be switching to the mirrorless system. Over the course of 2018 into 2019, switching to mirrorless system was all I thought off. In early 2020 I sold two of my Canon 6d camera. Holding onto the canon 6d mkII. And using the proceeds from the sale of the canon 6d cameras to buy the canon eos r. I purchased the Canon eos R, battery grip, and control adapter in one go. Altho it weighs a tiny bit less than the canon 6d. I guess it was just to stay current which fuelled the switch over.

Canon 6d specs vs Canon EOS R

Canon 6D Key Specs

  • Announcement Date: 2013-02-12
  • 20MP – Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 25600 ( expands to 50-102400)
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 3 Fixed Type Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder
  • 4.5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • Built-in GPS
  • 770g. 145 x 111 x 71 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body

Canon R Key Specs

  • Announcement Date: 2018-09-05
  • 30MP – Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 40000 ( expands to 50-102400)
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 3.2″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • 3690k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 8.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 660g. 136 x 98 x 84 mm
  • Weather-Sealed Body

I wanted to be able to use all the lenses I had gathered over the years.Was really delighted that Canon made an adapter for the Ef mount lenses. As I had a ton of lenses I absolutely loved.

Canon EOS R EF to RF adapter
canon eos r adapter

Canon eos R on the way.

I had a nightmare trying to buy this camera from an online shop called Eglobal.eu. I would just say avoid this shop if you want to save yourself a headache. Eventually, I found an amazing shop online called Prima Photo&Video. Super customer service and has a WhatsApp button on their website, in which you can contact the owner directly. And unlike Eglobal Prima Photo&Video will respond. You can find a link to their website by clicking HERE. Prices and customer services at Prima Photo&Video are amazing. So I would rate this shop a full 5 stars.

When the Canon EOS R arrived, As a photographer it is always like Christmas when new gear arrives. My first initial impression was, super quality build. Smooth and angular, the EOS R looks modern yet retains Canon’s distinctive styling, and at first glance. EOS R feels well-made with a very generous grip that makes working with the larger RF lenses or adapted EF lenses relatively easy.

The grip on the EOS R is comfortable in the hand to compare to the Sony a7iii. Measuring 136 x 98 x 84 mm (5.0 x 3.78 x 2.5 in) and weighing 660g (22.93 oz) including the battery, the EOS R body is quite large compared to its mirrorless peers. Having used Canon cameras for most of my photographic career, I have come to appreciate how ergonomically capable and functional their DSLR bodies are.

Setting it up.

To be honest here I needed help setting this up and configuring each button to my style of shooting. This is where I turned to the one and only Jared Polin. Jared has an amazing channel on youtube and goes through the Canon EOS R setup in great detail. You can find a link to the setup by clicking HERE. I would urge you to also subscribe to his channel and stay up to date.

Maiden Voyage.

As soon as I had it set up and batteries charged I was out and about. The EOS R uses a 3.15-inch touchscreen TFT LCD that offers approximately 2.1-million dots of resolution and provides 100% field of view coverage. It didn’t take me long to get use to the touch screen at all. On setup I choose to have the operations of the focus located to the bottom right of the touchscreen.

canon eos r lcd screen
canon eos r lcd screen

This way when I am looking through the viewfinder, simply moving my thumb across the lower right side of the touchscreen focuses super quickly.

The LCD screen is super handy and generous in size. It also has the ability to move in directions all other mirrorless cameras simply cannot. Allowing you to see and focus in difficult situations.

Canon EOS R Touch Bar.

Canon eos r touch bar
Canon eos r touch bar

Really don’t use this touch bar on the Canon EOS R. In Fact I have it turned off. Instead they could have used this space for something else. Some people love it and like me and my big fingers, it just gets in the way. I accidentally keep touching it and whatever function I have assigned to it keeps changing (lol). so I turned it off.

Larger Files.

Having 30MP – Full-frame CMOS Sensor allows for much larger raw files. As all the data is contained within these files. It comes in super handy when editing.

All In All.

To sum up, the Canon EOS R is a superb first attempt by Canon to get into the Mirrorless game. It was a perfect choice for me and not having to fork out thousands to switch everything over. What I mean by that is. Because of the Ef-Rf adapter that canon has included. I don’t have to go out and buy RF lenses straight away. In fact, I don’t know if I will ever need to. So by supplying the adapter Canon was thinking ahead here.

The Canon EOS R feels super in the hand. The eye detection software after the latest firmware upgrade is on par with the Sony Mirrorless system. I doubt you will even notice much between the eye detection on both cameras. The build quality is rugged and weather sealed. It doesn’t look like a small unit nor does it feel like one. The touchscreen is amazing and focusing with it is super easy. As mentioned I added the battery grip and adapter. Even tho on its own without battery grip. The Canon Eos R is comfortable in the hand. I just like the added bonus of 2 batteries and a bigger grip for my big hands.

If you are looking to make the switch and have already Canon EF mount lenses, then this is a no brainer really. You can find amazing prices for this by clicking HERE.

My only problem with the Canon EOS R is the touch bar. Which I switched off so I guess it really isn’t a problem now at all. Actually I am planning on buying a second Canon EOS R to complete my wedding photography bag.

Currently I am shooting with the Canon EOS R on one side of my Harness and the Canon 6D MKII on the other side. Just rather have both the same cameras on each side.

You can read the offical Canon EOS R specs by clicking Here.

All the images taken here at this link are with the Canon EOS R. Check them out click Here.

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