Canon EOS R with the 24-105mm f4 lens
Two weeks after Nikon’s announcement of their full frame mirrorless cameras, it was Canon’s turn. Canon is the volume and revenue leader in the camera industry. And, as a leader, they tend to be conservative in their approach. Their new full frame mirrorless, the EOS R, is pretty much what I expected. A solid implementation without any ground breaking features. The good news is the EOS R, is no EOS M, Canon’s first foray into mirrorless back in 2012. The EOS M, with a smaller APS-C sensor, has the distinction of being the worst mirrorless camera ever introduced, in my humble opinion.
Since then, Canon has made steady improvements to the EOS M line and while still behind the other mirrorless players, it’s now a solid camera. Time will tell if Canon remains serous about the M. Nikon killed their Nikon 1 mirrorless. Let’s see how committed Canon is to their non-full frame mirrorless.
With excellent support for the EOS lenses, the R should keep most Canon shooters happy. For me however, an experienced mirrorless shooter, I was disappointed that the EOS R does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS). I use this feature extensively in my photography. If I could add IBIS support to my existing Canon glass, the EOS R would be compelling. Without it, however, the EOS R is just Meh.
I suppose $2299 is a reasonable price given its features. It sits in between the Nikon Z6 and Z7 pricing. But the Canon kit with the 24-105mm at $3399 is above my psychological threshold. The EVF should make it more pleasurable to shoot over my Canon 6D DSLR, but I’m not convinced it’s worth the price. Especially if there’s no IBIS.
Because I have a bunch of Canon lenses, it makes sense for me to go with Canon but the Nikon Z6 seems more compelling to me. I expect the user interface and haptics of either the Canon or Nikon to be superior to Sony. I’ll know for sure when I test it, in hand.
I suspect I won’t buy the Canon or the Nikon, anytime soon, however. For now, I don’t need their capabilities. I’ve shot long enough that I know that there’s nothing special about “full frame”. It’s merely a larger sensor. Sure, it has higher image quality and handles low light better, but there’s nothing magical about it. It’s simple physics. As the sensor increases in size, the image quality increases. Unfortunately, that also means the camera body and in particular, the lens become proportionately bigger.
Is the larger lens and camera combo worth it to you? That all depends on your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of photos you are going to take, you truly won’t know what kind of camera is the best for you. For my style of photography and for my travels, small, light and versatile is the name of the game.
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