EOS 80D Travel Photography Review: New Zealand

A large number of travel photographs feature scenic landscapes and natural surroundings as perceived by the photographer. The EOS 80D is one such camera model that captures images exactly as the user wants to capture them . Here, I present various New Zealand landscapes captured by the newly-released EOS 80D. These photos depict portions of sprawling landscapes—fragments of nature as beautiful as they are true to life. (Photos & Text by: Ryosuke Takahashi)

EOS 80D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM/ FL: 18mm (29mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/8, 1/640 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 200/ WB: Auto/ Location: Wellington


EOS 80D – the best companion for travel photography

EOS 80D/ EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 10mm(16mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/8, 1/2,000 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 400/ WB: Auto/ Location: New Brighton


This visit to New Zealand was my first in 5 years—which is also a significant span of time in the history of the EOS Series. In fact, the EOS 80D is equipped with special features that did not even exist just 5 years ago.
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF, in combination with the image plane phase difference detection AF  technology, almost solves the weakness of Live View shooting. As it is, Live View mode no longer plays second fiddle to  viewfinder shooting.  Precisely because you can choose a shooting style with no worries about limitations, there is great potential for a much wider variety of travel photographs to be taken with this camera.

By using the Picture Style [Fine Detail] feature that allows the user to take photographs that depict beyond what the camera’s pixel count suggests it can, I enjoyed an image quality well beyond that offered by traditional middle-tier cameras. In addition, in the past 5 years, the EF-S lens has also been significantly enhanced. As a professional photographer, I find the APS-C format a natural choice of primary equipment, as its angle of view has no blind spots.

EOS 80D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM/ FL: 62mm (99mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE  (f/8, 3 sec, EV-1.7)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto/ Location: Devonport


What stood out to me after traveling with the EOS 80D for 10 days was the lightness and responsiveness of the camera system, which produces extremely clear photographs. As an example of the lens, the latest EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is the best match as an EOS 80D kit lens in terms of size, and it performs well above its price point.  Furthermore, the range of the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1  (sold separately) surprised me, performing well in both videos and still images. The camera’s internal distortion correction feature was very effective in capturing a straight horizon line in beach or seaside photographs.  The use of the   Large Zone AF greatly increased shutter opportunities, expanding my options to document my travels.

EOS 80D/ EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM/ FL: 24mm (38mm equivalent)/Aperture-priority AE (f/4.5, 1/80 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto/ Location: Devonport


In travel photographs where the focus is on is capturing casual moments, a camera with high mobility is desired. The size of the EOS 80D is optimal, and it feels like there is no useless weight. In addition to the sense of stability of the optical viewfinder, which allows about 100% of the field of view to be captured, there is something indescribably wonderful about it. The camera is quiet with minimal machine noise, ideal for indoor shooting in places such as famous buildings.   I also want to add that the Creative filter and HDR mode provide many possibilities for unique photographs.

When photographing the landscapes and scenery of New Zealand, I recommend embracing the feeling of a relaxing flow of time to capture the serene beauty of the surroundings. If I were to go on a personal trip to New Zealand someday, I would like to do a long stay in Auckland and Wellington. At such a time, the EOS 80D would be an obvious choice of companion on my travels.

EOS 80D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM/ FL: 74mm (118mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/400 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto/ Location: Lyttelton


EOS 80D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM/ FL: 74mm (118mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5, 1/100 sec, EV-0.7)/ ISO 500/ WB: Auto/ Location: Wellington


EOS 80D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM/ FL: 18mm(29mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE(f/5.6, 1/40 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 2500/ WB: Auto/ Location: Christchurch


EOS 80D/ EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM/ FL: 244mm (390mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/8, 1/800 sec, EV-0.3)/ ISO 200/ WB: Auto/ Location: Auckland


EOS 80D/ EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM/ FL: 300mm (480mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/800 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto/ Location: Devonport


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Ryosuke Takahashi


Born in Aichi in 1960, Takahashi started his freelance career in 1987 after working with an advertising photo studio and a publishing house. Photographing for major magazines, he has travelled to many parts of the world from his bases in Japan and China. Takahashi is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS).


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As always a beautifully written article...I am having a Canon 80D and it's an amazing camera..I am curious about one thing that people says that an EF lens cannot perform with APS-C camera at that level it performs with Full Frame Camera...I can understand the cropping factor thing...but I wonder what would be difference in image quality! So I request if it is possible to write an article comparing the image quality between Canon 80D+70-200 F/4 L IS and 5D Mark III+, it would be very helpful...

Thank you for your complements on our article. Regarding your question, using an EF lens on an APS-C camera has its pros and cons. As you may know, the optimal quality of an image typically falls around the center area, since the edges/corners are usually more prone to distortions, aberrations and softness. This is the typical characteristic of a lens. On an APS-C camera, since you only uses the middle portion of the lens, you will be enjoying the part of an image that has the best quality. However, the downside is you loses the true “wide angle” view (e.g., a 16mm EL lens will give around 26mm on APS-C camera). Of course, if you compare an APS-C image with a full-frame image taken with the same lens and focal length, the latter will still perform better in terms of details and noise due to the larger pixel size. We will keep in mind your suggestion for an article and might just do so in the future.

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