It's fair to say that the Canon EOS R has had mixed reviews since its release earlier this year, and finding a balanced argument either way hasn't been easy. That's why this video from Steve Huff is refreshing in its honesty and objectivity and might just give you a different view on the EOS R.
Steve Huff is a self-confessed camera nut. He absolutely loves his gear, and through the course of this video, it's clear he owns a lot. He refers to his use and ownership of Sony, Olympus, Fuji X, Leica, and Hasselblad among others, so right off the bat, there's an air of objectivity in the way he presents his views. He also does it in a conversational style that is not technical at all, so you can really relate to what he's saying without feeling overwhelmed by any technical jargon.
In this video, he outlines 20 reasons he went out and bought the Canon EOS R. He also offers five things he really dislikes about the EOS R and the mistakes that Canon made with its release. One positive that really stood out for me, which I hadn't put a lot of time and research into, was the adapters that were released with the EOS R. Huff discusses the variety of native Canon adapters available for legacy lenses, including an adapter with a variable ND filter and an adapter with a CP filter you can easily drop in. This means you don't have to put holders on the front of your lenses or buy lens rings for all your different sized lenses in order to fit filters. You just slide the filter straight into the adapter and go from there. It's especially good for lenses where you can't put filters on the front, like the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L.
Another positive that really pricked my ears up is the EOS R's compatibility with Canon EF-S lenses, which are designed for APS-C format cameras. When you use those lenses, the EOS R automatically switches to APS-C mode. This is very promising, because I currently shoot with both the 5D Mark IV and the 7D Mark II depending on circumstances. With the EOS R's capability to shoot in both modes with both sets of lenses, it potentially means I will no longer need two bodies. It also means I get to use some lenses that have been gathering dust since I switched over to the 5D Mark IV.
He pulls no punches with his dislikes either.That's evident when he's talking about the lack of in-body image stabilization (IBIS). He's unequivocal in his view that Canon should have included it. Sony has it, Olympus has it, Panasonic has it, and there's no reason that Canon should not have included it. Sure, it may be a relatively recent thing, but people want it, the technology's there, and Canon should have put it in the EOS R.
If you want a really good, balanced view from a user and owner of the Canon EOS R, then I highly recommend giving this video a thorough viewing. And once you have, I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Do you agree with him or are there other things you think he might have overlooked that you've experienced in your use of the EOS R? Comment below.