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      Switching to mirrorless with Canon EOS R

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      Yes, I took courage in two hands and I decided to make the switching to mirrorless with the new Canon EOS R. I admit that it was a hard-fought decision, and that already in the past I was tickled by this new technology.

      It is not that I was dissatisfied with the reflex system. Quite the contrary. My 5D Mark III still gave me a lot of satisfaction, and the Canon L series fixed lenses are really excellent. But the idea of changing the way I work, after a few years, worried me a little. By now I knew my 5D, and I could set up any function very quickly, without even looking.

      Initially I considered the Sony system, which is really good and complete, but with which I have not reached the feeling that I have with Canon. Moreover, not to be underestimated, the transition to Sony would have required me a not indifferent outlay. So I was almost ready to postpone the switching to mirrorless and update my kit with the 5D Mark IV, when Canon preceded me. They announced the EOS R.

      I tried it, and I fell in love with it.

      In this article I do not want to review the EOS R, but I will describe my impressions after a month or so of use.

       

      AFTER THE SWITCHING TO MIRRORLESS

      Although the new RF lenses promise amazing performance with the new Canon attack, for the moment I decided to keep all my EF, using the adapter in the package.

      The adapter is of excellent quality, and has proved completely transparent. It has not compromised the ergonomics of the system, without increasing its size and manageability.

      Taking the EOS R is really a pleasure. Despite its small size, in fact, the grip is really comfortable and secure. The index almost automatically finds the shutter button. The thumb is placed at the back of the machine body, where it can move freely in search of the various buttons to adjust the individual settings.

      And it is at this point that I stop. Canon removed the rotating bezel and the mini joystick! Basically the two functions I use the most to choose the point of focus. I decide to finish reading the whole user manual before getting caught up in discomfort. I discover so that each button, and each ring of this camera can be completely customized. But I discover above all that the point of focus can be set by sliding a finger (in my case the thumb) on the LCD, without taking my eyes off the viewfinder. Fantastic.

      The touchscreen LCD display is articulated. I spent more than half an hour taking pictures by placing the camera in the strangest positions, without being able to find one that would keep me from seeing the display.

      The fact that thanks to the touchscreen you can navigate through the menus and adjust all the shooting parameters, made me forget the lack of the ring.

      The menu is identical to that of my 5D Mark III, so I immediately felt comfortable setting the various settings.

      On the back known the presence of a new horizontal bar. I run to read the manual to understand what it is used for and how to use it. Fantastic. This is also completely customizable, and can perform 3 functions, depending on how you touch it. I set finger scrolling ffor the magnification of the focus, and touch right or left to reset some parameters to AUTO.

      Now I’m ready to shoot.

      The electronic viewfinder is a welcome surprise, and does not regret the optical viewfinder. The quality is really good, even in low light and it is possible to overlay the shooting settings, the histogram and even the electronic level.

      Once the plug has been removed from the optics coupling, I notice the presence of a curtain that protects the sensor. This is a really nice little gem from Canon. The curtain closes each time the camera is turned off, and opens as soon as you turn it on again. Nothing really bad.

      Engage the adapter and my EF 85mm f / 1.4. The focus is lightning, and the electronic viewfinder does not regret that of 5D. Among the various autofocus settings, I find interesting the faces detecting with tracking. The system is precise, and is effective enough until the subject moves too fast. In this case it is better to choose AI Servo, which managed to keep my little Silvia running for home over 20 shots. Mind you, it is not a camera for those involved in sports photography. But for wedding photography, he does his job very well.

      Used to shoot with two memory cards, I am initially disappointed by the presence of only one SD card slot. Damn, I’m not backing up in the car anymore. What if a card fails? Well, the risk is not remote, and this lack has a bit displaced me. Fortunately, Canon has implemented a WiFi module, which works even when the camera is off, which allows the transfer of photos to a PC, a smartphone or to a cloud service even while shooting, or if you prefer even later. Well come on, Mum Canon saved herself in a corner.

      And it’s really amazing to see your photos appear on the screen of my iPhone almost in real time.

      I turn off all the lights, and in full darkness the camera focuses! Really impressive. Valuable then the silent shot. And by silent I mean just without any slight noise, and not like the silent shot of the 5D, which was only attenuated. Priests will be happy!

      Canon has reduced the size of the top LCD panel to make room for the shooting mode selection button, which is concentric to the rear control dial.

      And just about the shooting modes, a special mention must be made to the new FV mode. This mode combines the various Av, Tv, M or P, depending on the choice of which shutter parameter must be kept automatic, and which set manually.

      And I must admit that it is now my default, along with M.

      Both intended, which usually shoot at 1600 ISO, and hardly arrival at 3200. However, I still wanted to try to take some shots at very high ISO speeds, just to see how this camera behaved. And I was really impressed with the progress made, making a shot at 40,000 ISO, which did not present too much intrusive grain.

      I have yet to become familiar with this camera, but I must say that I already love it. Switching to mirrorless was not absolutely traumatic as I feared. A practically perfect body, the integration with my lenses, and the countless possible customizations, allowed me to be fully operational right away.

      Defects? The sensor is not stabilized, but it has been replaced with a hybrid system of gyroscopes in the camera body. The single SD slot. Silent shooting not available with the burst. Greater accuracy of face tracking with faster movements. Who knows, maybe some things will have already been improved with the next firmware update.

      The battery can be improved, identical to that of the 5D, which lasts for about 400 shots. Far from the 700 of Sony, certainly. I immediately solved this problem by buying two extra spare batteries.

      Here are some sample shots.

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