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Canon EOS R, reviewed by mdvaden

 
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Jul 07, 2019 15:53 |  #1

My ratings are based around the niche it was designed for and "must have" involves what I must have. Previously I owned or shot with Canon 5D mk ii, 5D mk iii, 5D mk iv and 5DS. Compared to what I paid new for some of those, I felt the EOS R was worth every dime, even underpriced for what it gained for me. It's near-equal with a 5D mk iv minus one card slot. The EOS R lacked a few aspects, but excelled in others like the tilt screen, focus points and effectiveness with certain EF lenses. I found the controls and buttons better than any of the 5D bodies I used. Had there been a joystick, i would find use, but learned focusing on the touchscreen was ideal. The touchbar can be considered neither a plus or a minus. Since it can be turned off, it's more of a plus. I use the bar for ISO, and sometimes Kelvin.

Honestly I can say I wished the EOS R had more, but I still got what I expected and paid for. Amidst a an autumn 2017 cloud of confusion on the internet, what sold me was a review from Travis Harris .... the video linked below. His review also saved me selling my Canon EF 85mm 1.2 ii needlessly.

I have used EF and RF Canon glass, plus a few fairly recent Tamron lenses and they functioned perfectly adapted on the EOS R. The new RF 50mm 1.2 has been as good as the Zeiss Milvus I used to own, but with the added benefit of IS. But the EF glass adapts so good, there's little need to buy more RF glass. Any more RF glass would be a WANT purchase. Ergonomically, the body is excellent to hold. For weddings, it's my main camera with the 5DS used about 40%. The EOS R does what I want enough that I almost dipped into my next-body-fund to get another EOS R for a 3rd body. But I'm holding off a few months until a two-card body becomes available. I don't shoot 4K, but recently saw a Youtube review that virtually crucified crop-4K squabbles, where the man noted the sheer simplicity of picking the right lenses.

In the 8 months I've used the EOS R, I've never seen circles noted by other photographers. I learned it is apparently a firmware issue or problem with 3rd party lenses, and may be available to stop by disabling a lens correction / compensation from the menu. Oh .. the batteries last good. Near equal photos as a 5D mk iii or 5D mk iv. If the EOS R body CANNOT do what a photographer needs, then it's understandable why they would choose another body. Often, I find that the shortcoming is their own deficit. For example, the Fro Knows Photo guy Jared Polin originally nagged about the lack of joystick and means of focusing. Soon after, he did another review explaining he preferred using the screen of the EOS R. A complete reversal after learning and practice.



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Jul 07, 2019 16:37 |  #2

That is the video that actually convinced me to look into the Eos R.


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Jul 07, 2019 19:17 |  #3

jjackflash wrote in post #18889683 (external link)
That is the video that actually convinced me to look into the Eos R.

What surprised me when I first saw Travis Harris video was the degree of difference. Other reviewer's teetering feedback was more from dabbling or lab-like testing the waters. Harris's was the result of someone that unified with the equipment and learned to operate it with some maximum efficiency.

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Jul 08, 2019 20:26 |  #4

Is it just me or can this dude go on and on... geez


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Jul 10, 2019 21:14 |  #5

N2bnfunn wrote in post #18890328 (external link)
Is it just me or can this dude go on and on... geez

Probably just you "dude" ... feel free to move along. This is the review section, not the one-liner lounge.


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Jul 10, 2019 21:36 |  #6

Unfortunately the R just isn't enough camera for me, I hope the next announcement is more up my alley.

Good first offering though from Canon, it's just unfortunate that they are still a bit behind the others.


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Jul 10, 2019 22:25 |  #7

N2bnfunn wrote in post #18890328 (external link)
Is it just me or can this dude go on and on... geez

It seems rather churlish to berate a guy for posting a review in the review section, no less.


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Aug 01, 2019 23:46 as a reply to  @ N2bnfunn's post |  #8

It's just you.


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Aug 01, 2019 23:59 |  #9
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While this is indeed the place to put reviews, I have to confess that I started to play the video but immediately bailed out when I saw it is almost an hour long.

Is there a highlights reel?  :p


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Nov 25, 2019 22:11 |  #10

Spencerphoto wrote in post #18903637 (external link)
While this is indeed the place to put reviews, I have to confess that I started to play the video but immediately bailed out when I saw it is almost an hour long.

Is there a highlights reel?  :p

I think the video linked in the OP was worth watching entirely the first two months it was released, because Travis Harris who recorded it, was revealing abilities of the Canon EOS R that were going under the radar, or where other Youtube reviewers failed to implement some features.

More recent, even real use experiences have spread around blogs, videos and forum, that some of what would be highlights are known or easier to find in shorter segments.


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Dec 01, 2019 20:38 |  #11

It's an outstanding review.


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Dec 04, 2019 09:57 |  #12

Thank you for your review

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Dec 26, 2019 14:25 |  #13

N2bnfunn wrote in post #18890328 (external link)
Is it just me or can this dude go on and on... geez

He didn't even write much. His review is very short...


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Dec 26, 2019 14:33 |  #14

N2bnfunn wrote in post #18890328 (external link)
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Is it just me or can this dude go on and on... geez
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That seems like an unusual thing to say. . When I click on a thread here on the forum, I am hoping that there will be 15 - 30 minutes of reading that I can do there in that thread. . I want a whole lot of commentary, so that my brain has a lot to grab ahold of and think about.

If I clicked on a review thread, and only saw a paragraph or two, that would be extremely disappointing.

Don't you want a whole lot of detailed analysis when you read about a piece of gear? . If not, then why are you even reading reviews?

We read reviews to learn as much as we possibly can about a piece of gear, to expand our knowledge so that we can know how something performs in all kinds of different shooting scenarios. . We want to read about it so we don't waste our money on something, only to find that there are a couple of things it doesn't do very well.

Writing a very detailed review makes all kinds of sense to me.

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Dec 26, 2019 15:51 |  #15
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Tom Reichner wrote in post #18980960 (external link)
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That seems like an unusual thing to say. . When I click on a thread here on the forum, I am hoping that there will be 15 - 30 minutes of reading that I can do there in that thread. . I want a whole lot of commentary, so that my brain has a lot to grab ahold of and think about.

If I clicked on a review thread, and only saw a paragraph or two, that would be extremely disappointing.

Don't you want a whole lot of detailed analysis when you read about a piece of gear? . If not, then why are you even reading reviews?

We read reviews to learn as much as we possibly can about a piece of gear, to expand our knowledge so that we can know how something performs in all kinds of different shooting scenarios. . We want to read about it so we don't waste our money on something, only to find that there are a couple of things it doesn't do very well.

Writing a very detailed review makes all kinds of sense to me.

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It seems clear to me that those commenting about verbosity (including me) were referring to the video review, not the OP's. I can't imagine why a video review would be almost an hour long.


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