The Canon EOS R5 with 50mm and 24-105mm RF Lenses

The EOS R5 – The Best Canon Camera To Date – Period (Podcast 714)

Having used the Canon EOS R5 for a week now, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it's the best camera that Canon has ever made, period.

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16 Comments
  • John Gambriel
    Posted at 00:38h, 15 August Reply

    Very helpful and informative…Now, if I can just GET my R5…I am chomping at the bit to put this camera through its paces. Currently shooting a Canon 7DM2, so I have been longing for this upgrade for quite a while. Almost 100% Wildlife (usually from a kayak) so the animal eye AF is extremely attractive. Thanks again…

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:45h, 15 August Reply

      Thanks John! I’m pleased you found this useful. I hope you get your R5 soon. You have certainly given the 7D2 a good run for your money. Well done! You will be amazed by the R5. I did own a 7D2 for a while, so I can say for sure, they are worlds apart!

  • Simon Vail
    Posted at 01:19h, 15 August Reply

    Hello Martin, thanks for the comprehensive review. May I ask if you feel can use the camera in the snowy and wet conditions you are often seen in? I’m thinking about that tilting LCD screen. Secondly, could you tell me if you can ‘fine tune’ the shutter to match flickering back ground screens seen at sports grounds and in theatres where I work (or hope to work when Covid ends). The fine tuning should allow one to match the frequency of flickering background or video walls. Regards Simon Vail

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 01:28h, 15 August Reply

      Hi Simon,

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

      I am confident that the EOS R5 will at least have better weather-sealing than the EOS R, which fogged up in wet conditions. The diagrams of the weather-sealing that Canon is showing looks substantially more than the EOS R. I won’t know for sure until the winter comes again, but I’m thinking it will be much better.

      I don’t believe the anti-flicker can be manually fine-tuned, but the camera does try to detect the amount of flicker and automatically correct it. If you can download a copy of the manual, check page 164. It has some details about the feature.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Holly S
    Posted at 01:33h, 15 August Reply

    Great review Martin! I look forward to watching your settings video once I have my R6 in hand, assuming that many (if not all) settings will be the same. Look forward to hearing more about your experience with the camera!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:05h, 15 August Reply

      Thanks, Holly! I hope you find it useful.

  • Mike Cristina
    Posted at 06:49h, 15 August Reply

    hi Martin,
    Thanks for the info. Can you do a post on using the r5 with ef lenses and extenders?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:12h, 15 August Reply

      Hi Mike,

      I did a post here https://mbp.ac/674 showing the autofocus with extenders and EF lenses, and I compared the EF and RF 24-105mm f/4 lenses here: https://mbp.ac/671

      I also compared prints from the 5Ds R and the EOS R to see the difference and used both EF and RF lenses for that, which you can see here: https://mbp.ac/660

      But, I have now sold my EF Extenders, and have the new RF Extenders, but no lens that works with them yet. I’m waiting for the 100-500mm in September. Until then I can use the 100-400mm via the Control Ring Adapter, and it works great, but no Extenders. All of my Winter Wildlife work in 2019 and 2020 was shot with EF 100-400mm or the 200-400mm with a combination of Extenders, but that was all obviously with the EOS R, not R5.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Ari Heino
    Posted at 04:44h, 17 August Reply

    Hi Martin,

    Good to hear you’re happy with the R5. I’m also switching from the original R, but I pre-ordered the R6 instead of R5. I will use it mainly for bird photography as I have been using the R. My main worry, and I’m sure many others are wondering about this as well, is how much cropping will 20 megapixels allow compared to 45 megapixels of R5. I find myself nearly always cropping when birds are the target, and the R has been just great in that sense. Is this something you could share your experiences about or maybe somehow show it for us who are wondering about this? Thank you and keep up the good work!

    Best regards,
    Ari

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:30h, 17 August Reply

      Hi Ari,

      That’s a tough one. Cropping on 20-megapixel files doesn’t leave you much to play with, but it depends on what you want to do with the images. If you don’t sell or print your work, i.e. your main outlet is the Web, then cropping in on a 20-megapixel file is OK, but otherwise, I would definitely recommend the R5 over the R6, just to give yourself some extra wiggle-room.

      Sorry if that’s not what you wanted to hear. 🙂

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Ari Heino
    Posted at 00:23h, 18 August Reply

    Thanks Martin,

    Not at all, this was more or less my understanding. I’m just an amateur so Web and mainly Instagram only :). My local dealer in Helsinki told me not 2 weeks ago that they received seven R5s, have 50 pre-orders and no idea when and how many Canon will be sending…So the idea is to start with R6 and then switch to R5 if it turns out 20 megapixels don’t cut it. Of course it’s an additional swap which is never good money wise, but let’s see. Anyways, I’m hoping someone will actually do this kind of comparison cause it would be really interesting to see the difference.

    And of course to make it more complex, there’s the issue of lenses (And their cost) in play as well. R6 and longer reach needed vs R5 and less reach needed :).

    But isn’t it great that Canon now has these options available in their mirrorless line-up!

    Cheers,
    Ari

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 16:29h, 18 August Reply

      Hi Ari,

      Yes, I’d heard the same, about many stores not getting much stock. I heard somewhere the whole of Berlin only got 5 R5 bodies in the first shipment! The store I use in Tokyo usually gets more too, but I had to weight an extra week. Luckily they are coming in again now, but still in small lots and there is still a backlog.

      Here is something to think about with your cropping dilemma… The R6 sensor will give you 5472 x 3648 pixels. For Instagram, you are probably uploading images at around 2000 pixels on the long edge, maybe a little smaller. If 2000 is enough for most of your output, then by dividing 5472 by 2000 gives you 2.736, meaning you could crop into your image by 2.7 x and still have a 2000 pixel long image. The R5 on the other hand, has 8192 pixels on the long edge, meaning I could crop in by just over 4X. This may, or may not, sound like a big difference, and indeed it might not be easy to imagine how much that is in real cropping terms. I’ll see if I can put together a post to illustrate this better for you, and maybe include a few calculated focal lengths as well, to see if that helps.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Glenn Smith
    Posted at 21:00h, 25 August Reply

    G’day Martin, I’ve had my R5 for three weeks now, only last week my 800f11 came in, So spent last Saturday birding with the R5 and 800f11, the first time in ages I went out without a tripod. Shooting in both bright light and in some cases low light all handheld, Using ISO 10,000 I am getting acceptable images in low light handheld at 800mm. I’m used to shooting a sigma 150-600mm sports lens, somewhat heave but nice image quality, but this was so light, the image quality is great of cause you miss the smaller apertures, but for the size weight and price, its one to consider especially for travel. I’m looking forward to the 100-500 coming out at the end of next month. I tried the 100mm f2,8L Macro lens and focus stacked some mushrooms with lighting and the amount of detail in a twenty shot focus stack was something else. The animal eye detect for birds in flight works a treat, I tried that on the darting swallows and got a far better hit rate than I use to get. Like your self, I mainly shoot stills with the occasional video so no issues with overheating for me, I was one of the lucky ones down here how got one early so got a bonus battery with mine, with a full day shooting the second battery came in handy but only just nearly lasted the whole day on a fresh battery, so a second battery would be recommended. All up very happy with it, the R5 with 800mm f11 combined is still lighter than the Sigma 150-600mm sports and not carrying a tripod all day as well meant I wasn’t as tired at the end of the day walking about. All up big thumbs up for me here as well for the R5.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:06h, 28 August Reply

      Hi Glenn,

      Thanks for the report! You know, I’m not all that interested in the RF super-telephotos. I had my fill of prime lenses with the 600mm. The size and weight is attractive, but as I can get out to 1000mm with the 100-500mm and 2X Extender, I think I’m covered.

      Good to hear about your battery use too. I noticed mine running down quite quickly. I bought two extra with the R5, and I’ll probably get at least one more with my second R5 when that comes in, but still, it’s good to know that you’re getting almost a day out of one battery. I’m hoping to brave the Tokyo heat today for a while with the 100-500mm to see what I can get.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

  • Freda Hocking
    Posted at 00:25h, 20 January Reply

    Hello Martin
    I hope all is well with you and you’re staying healthy.
    Denis bought me the Canon R5 for Christmas (lucky lady!). I haven’t used it to date and I hate setting up new cameras and I’m sure I saw you had written a blog on how you set your up but I can’t find it on your website. Was I imagining it?

    Many thanks and best wishes
    Freda Hocking

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:57h, 21 January Reply

      Hi Fre,

      Lucky you! Congratulations on the new camera.

      You weren’t imaging that, but it’s not a separate post. Look above, towards the end of this post. There is a video embedded under the Sharing My Settings section.

      I hope all is well.

      Regards,
      Martin.

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