01 April 2019

Canon EOS R Field Testing Courtesy of Canon South Africa

Canon EOS R Mirrorless Full-Frame Evaluation and Field Testing at Woodbridge Island
Canon EOS R Mirrorless Full-Frame Evaluation and Field Testing at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (and surrounds).

I'm pleased to announce that I am working in association with Canon South Africa in field testing the relatively new Canon EOS R that was launched on 5 September 2018.

Some of the objectives of working with the EOS R for a few weeks will be the field assessment of the EOS R Autofocus performance and compatibility with current EF lenses (via Mount Adapter EF-EOS R) across different genres and light conditions.

Canon South Africa supplied me with the EOS R (with Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, two professional EF lenses and the Canon Extender EF 1.4x III). I will also be using my own consumer and professional EF lenses covering the focal ranges most of us use: 50mm / 85mm / 100mm / 16-35mm / 24-70mm / 70-200mm / 70-300mm / 100-400mm / 400mm.

Canon EOS R was launched with four RF lenses for its newly designed RF mount. With the various lens adapters the EOS R is compatible with all current Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

Canon EF Lenses that I will be testing with the Canon EOS R: 
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM standard telephoto lens
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM standard telephoto lens
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens ultra-wide zoom lens
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens standard zoom lens
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro prime lens
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens (Canon SA)
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom lens
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens (Canon SA)  
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super telephoto prime lens

Canon Extender / Close-Up lens / Extension Tube
  • Canon Extender EF 1.4x III (Canon SA)
  • Canon 500D 58mm Close-Up Lens
  • Canon EX25 II Extension Tube

Canon Speedlite flash testing
I am keen to see how the EOS R will be perform with some of my Canon Speedlite flashes. Definitely the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT / 430EX II flashes and should there be time, the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX (paired with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens).

The Canon EOS R (30.3 Megapixel / DIGIC 8 image processor) is Canon's first mirrorless Full-Frame body followed by the Canon EOS RP (26.2 Megapixel / DIDIC 8 image processor) that was launched on 13 February 2019.

In a few week I will start publishing the test shoots (over a period of time) with images, EXIF data and my personal experiences / thoughts of my time with the Canon EOS R and the various lenses.

Post-Processing of images
All RAW mages will be post-processed with the recently updated Canon Digital Photo Professional  Version 4.10.0 and Adobe Lightroom CC Version 8.2 (in Windows 10 Professional). Canon Digital Photo Professional Version 4.10.0 available from here. More about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Ver 8.2 here.

Please note: Canon EOS R is Canon CR3 RAW enabled and the file format may not be compatible with older versions of Canon DPP and Lightroom.

Thank you to Canon South Africa and Cameratek
Special thanks to Justin Fuchs, Business Development Manager, Canon South Africa and Cameratek, an authorized Canon Agency in Cape Town, who organised and made available the Canon EOS R (with mount adapter EF--EOS R Kit), Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens and Canon Extender EF 1.4x III.

Canon EOS R Specifications / Features 
  • 30.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • RF Mount Compatible with RF Lenses and EF / EF-S Lenses
  • Built-in EVF with 3.69 Million Dots, Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO range of 100-40,000, expandable to 102,400
  • USB 3.1 in-camera charging support
  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi®
  • Single UHS-II SD card slot
  • CR3 (RAW / C-RAW) and Dual Pixel RAW Support
  • Dust and weather resistant

More Canon EOS R Information / Resources>>

Image: Grey heron at sunrise - low light testing with Canon EOS R / Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens and Extender EF 1.4x III (and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R).

With Canon EOS R / Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens and Extender EF 1.4x III (and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R)
Canon EOS R  :   Low Light Photography at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town