Wildlife with the R3

Joe Subolefsky

EOS M6 Mark II
Sep 8, 2019
51
273
I had some off time between workshops, so I headed out to scout and try out the new R3 thanks to Chas Glatzer and CanonUSA. The focus and low light performance is quite amazing. It took a bit adjusting to the eye controlled focus tracking, but I'm growing to like it more and more.

Will it replace my R5 as my main body for wildlife? I doubt it. I’ve become spoiled by the R5's detail and cropabilty.

That said, in low light (it’s definitely the cleanest high ISO files of any camera I’ve shot) or where I need 30fps the R3 would get the nod. They are two different tools, one not better than the other.
 

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john1970

EOS R5
CR Pro
Dec 27, 2015
436
524
Northeastern US
Interesting perspective. For me I tend to enjoy wildlife action photography (birds landing, birds tacking off, bears chasing fish, etc.) the most. I am torn if I should keep my R5 or trade it in and have two R3s so ergonomics and button placement are identical for muscle memory reasons. Maybe hang onto R5 since value likely will not depreciate any more until a R5 Mk2 is released.
 

bernie_king

EOS 90D
Jun 30, 2014
115
152
I'm for sure keeping an R5. I'm just thinking that the R3 will be better for fast moving subjects. How was focus acquisition with the R3? Did you feel like the AF was better? I know Charles has the RF 600 f4, did you have a chance to use it? Was it faster on the R3?
 

john1970

EOS R5
CR Pro
Dec 27, 2015
436
524
Northeastern US
I'm for sure keeping an R5. I'm just thinking that the R3 will be better for fast moving subjects. How was focus acquisition with the R3? Did you feel like the AF was better? I know Charles has the RF 600 f4, did you have a chance to use it? Was it faster on the R3?
Thank you for the perspective and those are very good questions. I own a RF400 mm f2.8 and am also curious if the AF is faster on a R3 than a R5. According to Canon Asia the R3 does 60 AF calculations / sec while the R5 does 20 AF calculations / sec. Would be nice to know if it translates into real world benefits.
More then 50% of my work is with birds and I’m definitely keeping an R5.
Thank you for the feedback.
 

Joe Subolefsky

EOS M6 Mark II
Sep 8, 2019
51
273
I was using it with my 600III and RF 1-500 the accusation speed seemed the same as the R5 but stickier if that makes sense.
 

john1970

EOS R5
CR Pro
Dec 27, 2015
436
524
Northeastern US
I was using it with my 600III and RF 1-500 the accusation speed seemed the same as the R5 but stickier if that makes sense.
Hi Joe,

Yes your observations make sense. Having a AF that is sticker than the R5 will be beneficial to me so thank you for sharing. I have gone on workshops with Chaz in the past and hope to go again in 2022 if the Covid pandemic continues to lessen its grip.
 

bernie_king

EOS 90D
Jun 30, 2014
115
152
I was using it with my 600III and RF 1-500 the accusation speed seemed the same as the R5 but stickier if that makes sense.
That's a bit disappointing. My R5 can be frustrating on initial lock if the subject is defocused. I was hoping the R3 would be better. May have to rethink. I have missed shots of diving raptors bc the R5 couldn't get that initial lock fast enough.
 

Joe Subolefsky

EOS M6 Mark II
Sep 8, 2019
51
273
That's a bit disappointing. My R5 can be frustrating on initial lock if the subject is defocused. I was hoping the R3 would be better. May have to rethink. I have missed shots of diving raptors bc the R5 couldn't get that initial lock fast enough.
I doubt you will be disappointed. I never experienced the defocused issue with the R3 but I am familiar with it and the R5.
 

bernie_king

EOS 90D
Jun 30, 2014
115
152
I doubt you will be disappointed. I never experienced the defocused issue with the R3 but I am familiar with it and the R5.
Thanks for the follow-up, and that's good news. Chas posted some photos on Facebook this morning at high-ISO and I will say that I'm impressed. I'm really hoping that this will be a compliment to my R5 when I need speed and in bad light.
 

Joe Subolefsky

EOS M6 Mark II
Sep 8, 2019
51
273
Hi Joe,

Yes your observations make sense. Having a AF that is sticker than the R5 will be beneficial to me so thank you for sharing. I have gone on workshops with Chaz in the past and hope to go again in 2022 if the Covid pandemic continues to lessen its grip.
Hi, John.
I’m leading some workshops for Chas so maybe our paths will cross in the future.
 
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