My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years. You can follow my travels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com
Throughout the decades, I have owned and/or used all the EOS camera lines. I bought my first EOS 1 back in 1989 as my main camera and have upgraded to every model since. Now the EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R3 are my primary bodies and the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV are my backup cameras. Occasionally, I use the EOS-7D Mark II for far away wildlife shots.
As my readers know, I have waited for almost three years before I purchased my first mirrorless camera, the EOS R3. When the EOS R was first introduced, I was invited to a VIP preview but found the camera wanting. The EOS R3 is a great improvement over the original EOS R and I am trying to get used to it as one of my two primary wildlife centric cameras.
My biggest dislike of mirrorless camera is their small ergonomic size, limited battery life and 'slow' EVF as compared to the real time sensation of SLR cameras. The EOS R3 eliminated many of my concerns with mirrorless camera but it's still not at the EOS 1 level.
The upcoming EOS R1 with its expected 40+ MP (global?) sensor and Quad Pixel AF should hopefully make Canon's transition from a DSLR powerhouse to a first-in-class mirrorless camera company a reality. I am anxiously waiting to see some prototypes out in the wild and plan to place my pre-order as soon as it's available.
The second mirrorless body that may interest me will be the EOS R7, a APS-C camera. It should have the same 1.6X crop factor that all Canon APS-C cameras. This new body will be similar to the EOS R6 but designed for wildlife photographers who like to have the extra reach under certain circumstances. The EOS R7 is rumored to come with the following features :
- Dimension and weight similar to EOS R6
- Low 30+MP dual pixel CMOS sensor
- Digic X processor
- CFexpress and SD memory card slots
- May use the same battery grip BG-R10 as the EOS R6
- May use the same LP-E6NH battery as the EOS R6.
- IBIS and AF similar to EOS R6
- 4K @ 60 fps, 1080p @ 240 fps, C-Log 3
- List price similar to EOS R6
I have purchased the RF 100-500mm and RF 24-240mm lenses because they are not available in the EF format. Canon is releasing many EF lens in the RF format. My complement of EF lenses have served me well and I do not need too many additional lenses to clutter my equipment bags.
Stay tune as I get the latest leaks and information concerning the upcoming EOS R1 and EOS R7. Both cameras' prototypes should be out in the wild now for field testing. It is possible to have a development announcement in the second half of 2022 for the EOS R1 and possible limited delivery in early 2023. The EOS R7 may be announced before the end of the second quarter of 2022.