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Hands-On Review: Why the EOS R is a Good Addition to My Travel Photography Kit

While travelling almost 12,000 kilometers and photographing non-stop for 20 days, I had the joy of testing the EOS R during a recent trip to the United States. After visiting iconic locations namely Death Valley, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of the Eastern Sierra, Mono Lake plus Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks, this is my experience with Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera.

Built for Travel and Outdoors

From the scorching heat of Death Valley to the freezing temperatures of Grand Teton National Park and everywhere in between, the EOS R performed without any problems. Thanks to its dust and drip-resistant weather sealing, the camera was able to operate in temperatures from as high as 42 degrees Celsius in Death Valley to as low as -6 degrees Celsius in Grand Teton.

Sand dunes of Death Valley National Park
EOS R, RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8, 24mm, 10sec, ISO800
Sand dunes of Death Valley National Park

Salt flats in Badwater Basin

EOS R, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/8, 24mm, 10sec, ISO2000
Salt flats in Badwater Basin 

Flexibility on the Field

The camera features a Vari-angle LCD screen that lets me shoot from different angles, whether I’m positioning the camera above the ground or at ground level. It’s especially handy for shooting low-angle perspectives as shown in the next image. 

Even when shooting from a lower angle, the screen enables me to view my composition and exposure correctly to capture the shot. This is illustrated perfectly through vertical shots, as most cameras would have screens that can tilt for horizontal shots. With the touch shutter function, I’m able to capture the shot easily by just tapping the screen.  

Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park

EOS R, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/11, 20mm, 5sec, ISO200
Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park

If you are out on the field and need to swap lens in between shots, there is a higher chance of getting your camera’s sensors dirty, especially when using a mirrorless camera. What I like about the EOS R is that its sensor is protected from dust with a shutter curtain that automatically comes down when I turned it off, giving me peace of mind when changing lens. 

Lenticular clouds above western slope of the Sierra Nevada
EOS R, RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11, 65mm, 15sec, ISO200
Lenticular clouds above western slope of the Sierra Nevada

Learn how the EOS R stacks up when it comes to focusing performance and functionality in 8 EOS R Focusing Features We Can’t Wait to Try.

Convenience of Customisation 

I love how the EOS R System is designed to complement and yet redefine the boundaries of photography. With the Canon EF-EOS R Mount Adapter, it gives me the flexibility of using EF or EF-S lens with the EOS R. While using the adapter, I noticed it didn’t affect the AF speed and image quality, proving Canon’s well-thought design.

Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park
EOS R, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/11, 24mm, 1/20sec, ISO200
Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park

Using the EF-EOS R Control Ring Mount Adapter takes customisation of settings to a new level. The addition of the control ring brings new ways to optimise your shooting workflow. I used the control ring to adjust my shutter speed when shooting landscapes and then switch it to control my aperture when shooting travel images. 

Glacier National Park
EOS R, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/20, 16mm, 1/25sec, ISO50
Glacier National Park 

Discover how the EOS R adapts with your shooting style in Discover 3 Features on the EOS R that will Change the Way You Shoot.

(R)evolutionise the Way You Photograph

After having tested the EOS R in tough environments, the camera has proven itself to be capable of going head-to-head with my existing gear. Thanks to its ergonomic design and resistant to dust and drip, it would be a welcome addition to my equipment. 

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of the Eastern Sierra
EOS R, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/2.8, 16mm, 30sec, ISO2000
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of the Eastern Sierra

While the camera suits any photography genre, travel and landscape photographers will appreciate its ergonomic feel and customisable settings. With Canon’s development geared into the mirrorless system and RF lenses, the EOS R will revolutionise the way you photograph. 

Grand Teton National Park
EOS R, RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8, 24mm, 10sec, ISO800
Grand Teton National Park

If you love travel photography, find out how the EOS R fared with 24 hours in Seoul: 10 Captivating Photos Shot with the EOS R.

 

Learn more about the EOS R:
Reimagine Optical Excellence with EOS R
An Interview with the Developers: Introducing Canon's First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, EOS R
An Immersive Shooting Experience Awaits with the All-New EOS R

 

 


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Edwin Martinez

Edwin Martinez

Travel and Nature Photographer

When one speaks of travel and landscape photography at its apex, his name quickly comes to mind. Well known locally and gaining recognition abroad for his ethereal landscape images, his works exemplify landscape photography as a fine art.

A former medical and corporate professional, Edwin has found his niche and true calling in landscape photography. Still imbibed with the commitment and dedication for always achieving his best, these qualities are now his staples, whether he is shooting for clients or himself, mentoring photographers that join him in the tours that he guides in Iceland, Norway, Canada, the American west and other parts of the world or teaching in workshops under Wide Horizon Photo Adventure (https://www.facebook.com/WideHorizonPhotoAdventure)


Edwin’s excellence has been recognized by brands that support his projects. By virtue of his acknowledged skill and influence, he has been tapped to field test and help in the launch of a number of new photography gear.  His works have graced both local and overseas publications and websites. Edwin’s images surely speak the language that draws attention and leaves an indelible mark of excellence.

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