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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

My first mirrorless camera - Canon EOS R3

Over three years after the announcement of the Canon EOS R camera, I have decided to buy my first mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS R3.  My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, using Canon equipment for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and this blog. 

Canon invited me to a special showing of the EOS R back in October 2018 but the camera's performance was underwhelming. I have held off buying a mirrorless camera until the technology has matured enough to give me performance at least comparable to my EOS-1D X Mark III body.

I am beginning to work with the R3 and trying to separate hype from facts. Went to a couple of local parks and Central California for some wildlife testing. So far, I am slightly impressed but not wowed. The EVF cannot match the OVF on the EOS-1D X Mark III for speed and accuracy. The Electronic Shutter performs slightly better than the Mechanical Shutter on the Mark III. The AF tracking, especially in Animal Mode is impressive but the Eye AF is over hyped and unimpressive. 

Coming from decades of DSLR use, I am prepared to give the new technology some time. After I have taken the camera out for a few real world wildlife photo shoots, I will write a review on it. Stay in touch and check back often. The R3 mates well with the RF 100-500mm lens. I will use the new camera/lens combination  and compare it to the EOS-1D X Mark III with EF 100-400mm II combo. They are currently my workhorse.   

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