Yesterday afternoon it finally happened - the dhl-guy rang the bell and brought my eagerly awaited new Canon EOS R5. Unfortunately, I don’t have time for photo excursions at the moment, so I could test the new beauty “inhouse” only for a short time.
I had ordered the EF - RF adapter in simple version with the body, because I want to use my existing EF lenses at first and will continue to use my EOS 5DS R as a second body.
My first impressions
The camera is, as we are used to from Canon with the single digit bodies, excellently built and it is very comfortable in one’ s hand. All the controls you’ re familiar with from the previous 5-series bodies are present. In addition, instead of the mode dial, there is now a freely assignable third setting ring, so that the aperture, shutter speed and ISO can now be set without the need for annoying switching.
The electronic viewfinder is bright and clear, and even better than the one in the Sony a7R III I used before. The monitor has a higher resolution as well and is now fully articulated. It can also be operated by fingertip, making menu settings much faster and more convenient than before. By the way, my Sony a7R III couldn’t do that yet and, as far as I know, the current 7R IV can’t do that either.
The autofocus feels at least as fast with my existing EF lenses as with my 5DS R. My Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports* also seems to work as usual. For the first test shots with the eye autofocus, my daughter and our house cat Tom had to pose and I am very impressed with the performance, which is again much better than with my Sony a7R III before.
I have now worked through the very extensive menu and optimized the settings for my purposes - but there will certainly be more to come in the future. I haven’t really dealt with the movie modes yet - I had already difficulties to switch to the movie mode at all in order to set the movie options.
Now I put the switching to/ from foto to movie mode on the m-Fn key and recorded a short test video in 4k. For further experiments, I am still waiting for the arrival of my first CFexpress card.
By the way: my existing LP-E6N batteries* also fit into the camera and can be charged in it via USB-C without any problems. As a charger I now use the USB C charger Anker PowerPort 5-Port USB C 60W*, it works fine. It also has four additional USB outputs, so that you can charge your mobile phone and tablet at the same time - ideal for travelling!
Now, I am curious to see how the new camera will perform in the field. I hope to find time next weekend to take some real pictures.