The New Canon EOS RAnkit Singh | Canon Photo Mentor

Category: Tips & Tricks | 08 February 2019

“My primary camera for Wedding Photography”

We have all waited for a mirrorless full-frame camera from Canon for a long time. And as an avid user and ardent fan of Canon, so have I. I was so eager to try my hands on the new EOS camera.

There were so many questions on my mind

  • Would it be a replacement to my other Canon DSLRs?
  • Can I use it as my primary camera?
  • Will it make an amazing second camera?
  • Will this mirrorless camera stand up to photography standards set by my existing DSLRs?
  • How will it add to my photography?

With all these simmering thoughts and expectations, I was thrilled to try my hands on the new Canon EOS R.

At weddings, I carry two cameras one with a prime lens to shoot portraits and the other with a wide lens which helps me capture my wide angle shots. There is no time at weddings to shuffle between lenses. Hence, I like to be prepared for various scenarios at all times.

In our arsenal, we have Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III and now, the new EOS R. Earlier, I usually used the EOS 1Dx Mark II as my main camera and the EOS 5D Mark III or Mark IV as my second camera. This changed recently when I got my hands on the new EOS R, full-frame mirrorless camera.

By now, I must have shot about 10 weddings with the combination of EOS R and EOS 1Dx Mark II, and I find myself compelled to use the EOS R as my primary camera. There are so many reasons why!

Dual Pixel CMOS AF – Touch & Drag Focus

EOS R with the touch and drag features has changed my shot composition. Using a joy stick to select my focus point is a thing of the past. Now, I can select the desired auto-focus (AF) point using the LCD touchscreen and instantly shoot my preferred composition.

Touch and Focus on groom

Touch and Drag for easy focus shifting on the bride

DIGIC 8 Processor:  Auto Focus (AF) speed and accuracy

The EOS R is extremely precise at obtaining focus, and is amazing while focusing on moving objects as well. One thing that is a must in wedding photography is SPEED. As a moment is unfolding, you must be able to compose a shot, with the correct focus and the right exposure level. The photo below is an ideal example of accuracy, where the bride is in her veil still the camera has been able to achieve focus perfectly.

EF 85mm F1.2L II USM  1/500 sec, f/2, ISO 640

Low Light Performance: -6EV AF

Another brilliant feature or should I say blessing, is the ability of this camera to shoot in an extreme low light condition.

With the RF 50mm F1.2 lens, I could achieve focus in extreme low light condition, or to put it technically in -6 EV situation, and by far I can say it has not been possible with any of my other lenses. Apt for wedding photography, as there is poor lighting in multiple situations.

RF50mm f/1.2L USM 1/200sec,f/1.2, ISO 100, - 6 EV Focus

30.3MP CMOS full-frame sensor + DIGIC 8:  High Image Quality

Straight out of the camera, the images are richer in color accuracy and sharpness. While some of it has to do with in-built Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO), most of it is dependent on how this camera is balanced for the users. The skin tones and color richness straight out of the camera are delightful.

Many a times, you would not feel the need to edit photos, which is an ideal set-up for me as I can transfer pictures from camera to your phone using Wi-Fi through the Canon Camera Connect app (available for both iOS & Android).

The image below depicts accurate skin tones, richness of colors and accuracy.

RF50mm f/1.2L USM  1/640sec, f/2.0, ISO 400

RF50mm f/1.2L USM  1/1600sec,f/1.2, ISO 400

Ease of Use: Articulating LCD screen

I’m now able to achieve extreme low angles or interesting top down angles with 100% efficiency. This was more of a hit and trial for me earlier, but now it’s not just easy, but also accurate each time. My wedding sets look richer as they have photos clicked from various angles now.

EXIF: RF 28-70 F2 L USM  1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100

Ease of Use:  MF peaking function

One of my favorite features in this camera is the Manual Focus Assist System. Now I can use the manual Focus lenses like the new tilt-shift TS-E50mm f/2.8L Macro lens and achieve focus confidently. Earlier I would struggle and take multiple shots since I was not sure if I landed focus on the subject. But with the new EOS R, I can do this faster and be rest assured that my shots have accurate focus as I envisioned.

TS-E 50mm f/2.8 L  1/5000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250

Overall for me as a photographer, shooting with EOS R is more fun now, as it is much faster & gives great results. I can derive higher accuracy from the number of photos I shoot now. I feel more confident, and have more time to play and experiment with my shots.

If you are keen to get your hands on your first full-frame mirrorless camera, look no further, this is a winner and you will achieve brilliant results from it. If you are considering EOS R as your new secondary camera, go ahead and buy it without a doubt. I can assure you, that you would be compelled to make it your primary camera soon.


Ankit Singh

Ankit Singh is a Bangalore based wedding and lifestyle photographer, who has shot over 250 weddings all over India and outside India. Besides weddings, Ankit loves shooting still life for his garment, food, product clients. He trained formally with ICP New York for lighting and uses that advantage for still life and wedding photography.

Ankit has been a Canon fan for over a decade and a Canon Photo mentor for 4 years.