Finally I got my hands on the Canon R5
Updated: Sep 22, 2020
What better way to start a blog than with reviewing some gear. The review will be solely from my perspective and my needs, and if that resonates with someone else out there, great to be of service! This has been a long wait....a really long wait. Right from when I bought the Canon 5D Mark IV and later as a patch for waiting for better times, the Canon R. Who would've thought that with the R5 Canon would pack the camera with everything they said they would. Kind of amazing. I used to watch a lot of YouTube videos about all the cameras and at one point you kind of learn to read between the titles. Everyone expresses the same opinion, only labeling it differently. Now I watch a few videos from creators that I know will put in very little bs and will be as true as they can. I respect that. Regardless though, I was gonna buy the R5 anyway. The overheating problems didn't matter too me that much, although I do some video content as well, this would not have been a deal breaker. Getting this piece of equipment in my hand feels truly great! Comparing it to the R, which was my daily driver, it is bigger and heavier. But that is not a complaint in any way, because obviously this is a camera from a different category and to pack everything in what Canon did, it simply has to be a larger and heavier body. At the same time it's not as big as the 5D Mark IV, but it does have all the regular knobs, buttons and joysticks that we all so enjoy. I'm a pretty big dude so having a slightly larger grip on the camera is a benefit to me. I fiddled around the menus to set everything up as I'm used to and also to check out the new stuff. I reconfigured what the dials do by default, because the R didn't have all those dials but the 5D did, because my main shooting cameras will be the R and the R5, I wanted to match them as much as possible, so that when I'm doing concert shoots and swapping cameras, I don't have to think twice. One thing that was frustrating about the R, was that when you turn off the camera, it would always reset the focus of the lens to infinity. Why? I have no clue. That becomes incredibly annoying when you set your cameras for an interview shoot and set your focus on where the subject will be, but then go on a break and turn the camera off, come back, you have to refocus again. It's also annoying if you're doing still life shoots. Same problem. I'm just a guy who doesn't see any reason to leave the camera on even though it does have the auto off feature that I've set to one minute, but hey, I love conserving power. I don't know if it's just me or most folks, but when you get a new camera you go through the menus, you find things and set everything up and then pretty much leave it as is. Browsing through the menus and being a bit wiser (finally!), I noticed an interesting title RETRACT LENS ON POWER OFF. You guessed it, that's the magic phrase for having the focus stay put when you turn off the camera. I'm just glad I solved it. Told it to a friend as well, who recently got the R and he was ecstatic. The IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) is as amazing as people are saying it is and combined with my SH (SteadyHand) feature, the performance is mind blowing! I think that's about it for my first feel of the camera and a couple of days into use. I definitely want to share my experience on that as well, so stay tuned!!