Canon EOS R first thoughts. Is it worth buying? Are you disappointed? Mirrorless 4K Full Frame Digital Camera 2018 Photography Talk

After all the rumours and the long wait, Canon has finally released the first
Mirrorless Full-Frame Camera joining the party with Sony and now also Nikon

Canon EOS R Nikon Sony Mirrorless 4K Digital camera review 2018

however, here I will talk mainly about Canon, particularly because I am a Canon shooter. Therefore the question is……is it worth buying that camera?  Let me give you my thoughts about it. As you probably know I like to shoot landscapes, outdoor lifestyles and activities, such as seen in the video you see below.  In this video I’m on a hike where the problem is the haze, and as the clouds come and go, I thought I would take the opportunity to give you my thoughts about this new camera release.

Canon EOS R Mirrorless 4K Digital camera review 2018
This long-awaited camera, has been quite a talking point for quite some time now, such as “when are Canon going to come out with a mirrorless full-frame?” and I think people started to get impatient, especially when you don’t want to have to switch brands, such as Sony, who had already updated their models.   Once you have a set of lenses and accessories compatible to a certain brand it’s quite difficult to make a switch and you know of course, whether you are an amateur or a professional photograher it is always good to be up on the game with the latest model of camera to come out, but I feel that sometimes, these manufacturers take us for a bit of a ride, because when you spend the sort of money we need to spend, they give you something, but certainly don’t give you everything, so then you always have to come up with compromises. I am very practical and when I want to upgrade or change camera and equipment I look at what that new equipment is going give me that it doesn’t let me do now.

Digital Camera Mirrorless Sensor Size Full Frame Aps-C Micro 4-3 1inch sensors photography

Yes, they have finally put a full-frame sensor into a mirrorless body, but what would you expect?
Why would you get a mirrorless rather than a DSLR?
Maybe you don’t want to have the mirror flicking up, or you would expect the camera to be of a smaller compact body or faster shutter speed (only 7 frames per second that goes down only to 5 frames per second, if you don’t use servo focus)? Not great, if you know you can buy one of those Micro Four Thirds cameras that can go up to 15 frames per second.

The second big mistake or should I say lack of specs, is just the one SD card slot which for any photographer that has some responsibility whether it be a wedding or any sort of shoot, two card slots are of great importance.  Whether to back up your work or if you want to shoot in RAW or JPEG, video etc.

Image courtesy of CameraMemorySpeed.com
Single SD card slot canon – Image courtesy of CameraMemorySpeed.com

The third problem is the lack of in-body in-built sensor stabilisation.  I have a little camera, that I think, is one of the most underrated cameras out there, and it’s got five axes image stabilization with an aps-c sensor.
You really see good image quality when you are using aps-c and full frame sensor cameras.  If the light is good, then you could go down to micro four-thirds, to a 1-inch sensor or even a mobile phone sometimes produces good photos.  It’s then, depending on what you evaluate as being a good photo. I love the Micro Four Thirds cameras as they have a multitude of specifications that you might need, but unfortunately, they can lose image quality, particularly in certain light conditions, like the atmospheric day today, you start to see more noise in the image and lack of details in the clouds. This is where you can see the quality from the Aps-C sensor or the Full-frame.  Maybe it just requires a bit more post-processing, but if I can do less of that, the better. That’s why I like Canon, because I like the colours that come straight out of the camera, there’s very little post-processing to do and the files are beautiful and ready to go.

Hiking mountains at sunset - Fabulous Outdoors
Hiking mountains at sunset – Fabulous Outdoors

Another problem of this new camera, is that Canon has now decided after so many years, to change the lens mount, so you now need an adapter to be able to fit on the camera all the lenses that you’ve collected over the years.  Whether it is an EF lens or an EF-s lens, it is an extra piece of kit that you need to buy and to carry along with you.  Less is always more.

Canon EOS R Lens Mount Adapter Mirrorless Digital Camera 4K 2018 Photography Thoughts Review

Another thing they’ve given the illusion of is having a good 4k, but this 4k gets so cropped that you either have to use a big wide-angle lens to compensate that, but then that gets cropped anyway so.. what’s the point? A good thing about 4k is to be able to extract some good still images from each frame of your video footage, whilst retaining all of the details in your images.  Some issues with using 4k is that all the technology is not quite up to the game and so the files become really heavy.  If you try to upload a video on YouTube in 4k, it can take quite an age and everything slows down.

One good thing people have been asking for, is the fully-articulated screen in a full frame body camera, as this was only seen in the 70d and then the 80d.

If you want to move to a mirrorless camera, and spend half the money, then take a look at the Canon EOS M5.  It’s got a compact body (that’s one of the reasons why you want a mirrorless camera), it’s got a flippable screen and 5-axes in-body image stabilisation.  This means that I can shoot using lenses that are not stabilised, as the camera automatically stabilise them and if the lens is stabilised, then you get a double stabilisation effect. That means that you can really shoot at a much slower shutter speed and still get sharp images.
The EOS M5 has got a very good touch screen (the touch screen of Canon is second to none), it’s fantastic and really responsive. It’s got Wi-Fi connectivity and has everything that you need to shoot good photography with 24.5 megapixel images, RAW files and it costs less than half of the price of the new EOS R!
So let me let me hear in the comments below your thoughts, if you think this new camera EOS R from Canon is worth buying.  I personally don’t think so, but I want to hear your thoughts.
Until next time this is Fabo from Fabulous Outdoors ..see you next time!
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Hiker's Landscape View

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It’s Spring your favourite season to shoot landscapes? Fabulous Outdoors

It’s been a very temperamental winter over the European Alps, lots of snow has fallen, followed by rapid temperature change. Suddenly Spring arrives with it’s beautiful clear skies, white clouds blown by the wind over the mountains, stunning sunrises and sunsets to be photographed.
It’s definitely my favourite season to shoot landscapes, but I also love Spring for the awakening of nature. Birds happily singing and busy flying to feed their little ones calling for food from their nest and other animals running around with their new borns. Sunrises and sunsets are pretty good to be captured all year round indeed, but in the Alps or in their proximity, you can still get the snow on the peaks in contrast with the green landscape at a lower altitude. At the same time, you don’t have to freeze yourself as you do in wintertime going up before the sunrise to set your gear for the shoot.

Snow over mountain peaks Spring landscape - Fabulous Outdoors
Snow over mountain peaks Spring landscape – Fabulous Outdoors

For this particular shoot, we were out for one of my photo-walks around the lakes as the sun was about to set creating these beautiful reflections in the water.

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The Mountain Wildlife of the Gran Paradiso National Park – #FabulousOutdoors

Wildlife Documentary filmed at the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso – Grand Paradis National Park – Fabulous Outdoor Photography
Footage of the wild animals living in the mountains, including mountain goats, alpine ibex, marmots, deer..

Alpine Ibex at sunset in the Gran Paradiso National Pak - Fabulous Outdoors

In the month of May, when the seasons are transitioning and the snow is slowly melting away, the mountains come alive. Some of these animals have been sleeping for most of the winter, like the marmots, and start foraging for food. The alpine ibex and the mountain goats begin to moult, which is why you'll often see them scratching their fur with their horns or rubbing against trees or rocks.

Visiting the Gran Paradiso National Park is a great opportunity not only to go for a beautiful mountain hike, but also for the amazing encounters with this lovely wild creatures.

A Marmot Peeping Out Of Its Hole in the Gran Paradiso National Park - Fabulous Outdoors

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Cycling Tour Guide – Annecy Lake – Cycling Tips for Beginners

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Cycling Tours Guide – Annecy Lake France by Fabo
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Cycling Tips for beginners: Climbing Tips – Nutrition Advice.
Annecy Lake is one of the best places for cycling in Europe, whether it is for a family cycling holiday, for a training camp or just for touring by bicycle.

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It is a great place for getting back on the bike after the winter months, as there is a fantastic cycling path that goes all the way down to Albertville, about 35 Km long, and back, pretty much all flat terrain amongst beautiful countryside.
The lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains, so for the more advanced cyclists or for those passionate about climbing, there’s a lot to do.
The cyclepath has even got its dedicated tunnel to cycle through, which was built for the old train line, hence the old train in exposition along the way.
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The scenery that you get whilst climbing are simply stunning. Wherever there are lakes surrounded by mountains, it’s a cyclist’s dream, and Annecy Lake with its beautiful surroundings is one of those special places.
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In this video, as climbing tip for beginners, we spoke about the cyclist’s position whilst cycling uphill, seated or standing was the question. The answer is, a bit of both: every now and again, the cyclist must get up on the pedals, so as to give a rest to the major muscle groups, to gear down is very important and efficient, also for sprinting. As per nutrition advice, what food to eat and to take with you out cycling: we recommend to eat fruits, particularly bananas, dates, dried fruits, but also some juicy fruits that, together with lots of water, will contribute in hydrating the body.
Hydration is a very important factor to consider when exercising outdoors, and particularly when cycling long distances or riding uphill.
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Annecy Le View is also a photographer’s dream, so I had to hang out in the evening to take some night photos with the Canon 600D, of which I’ve included some in the video and I’ll post some more here on the blog by clicking here:Annecy Le View ..a photographer’s dream location

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