Jared Polin AKA FroKnowsPhoto had a chance to visit New Orleans on Canon's dime to get some hands-on time with the Canon EOS RP, Canon's latest full frame camera.
This isn't a full review, but it is a hands-on photo shoot and a good one at that. Jared had my favorite review of the EOS R, and this review of the EOS RP should answer most of your questions.
Jared also gives his impressions of the 6 new RF mount lenses announced to be in development here.
Preorder the Canon EOS RP
- Canon EOS RP Body w/EG-E1 Extension Grip & Canon Mount Adapter $1299
- Canon EOS RP w/EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EG-E1 Extension Grip & Canon Mount Adapter $1699
- Canon EOS RP w/RF 24-105mm f/4L IS, EG-E1 Extension Grip & Canon Mount Adapter $2199
Which is not the target demo for an entry-level full frame mirrorless photo camera, many of whom may not even have 4K TV's or monitors to display 4K content on, let alone a workflow to edit it.
Tempted, but again nothing screams at me that I must have this camera. Probably just sit on my 80D for a while longer and continue the long wait.
The video crippling in this camera is embarrassing for any ILC, entry level or otherwise.
You want great video, buy one of their C series.
I thought Jared did a great job in the video. It is very informative for the amount of time he had with it. He was very fair too.
Initially I quite disliked "Fro Knows Photos" videos because of his body language (not that I'm biased against him, just a personal preference how I prefer any review / discussion video to be). However there are also aspects of his reviews that I have grown to appreciate. Jared makes a number of valid points in most of his recent reviews. He comes across as fairly impartial to brands, which is important. He's far from the worst of reviewers.
Having written that, I actually enjoy reading, listening and/or watching a variety of reviews of 'new gear' to decide if/how interested I may be in that. Then, I venture into a few bricks and mortar stores in my city and try them out over time (usually a few weeks) - to decide if I might purchase them. I have done this with most of my gear for more than 18 years.
Soon after the EOS R was launched, I used it a few times, and tried it out in store. It is not the camera for me. Neither do I expect the EOS RP to be, though from a value for money position, the EOS RP seems much better. Each the R and the RP have their decent selling points as Canon's early models into the FF mirrorless market. I expect a more professional model to be one that brings me over to FF mirrorless.
I have a number of Canon APS-C DSLRs, lots of lenses, including L glass - as well as accessories (e.g. Speedlite flashes, tripods, etc). I also own a M5 and have 4 EF-M lenses, which make a great lightweight / travel option. The fact that my EF and EF-S lenses (as well as my accessories) will work on Canon FF mirrorless bodies is very important for me. Indeed, that all my Canon glass and accessories work on my M5 is also relatively handy! Having written that, I do expect in time after owning the right Canon FF Mirrorless camera, I will buy some of their amazing RF glass too.
It's an extremely good time and so exciting to be a photographer right now. I am looking forward to what Canon has to offer in the next FF mirrorless camera.
Ladies & Gentlemen, Introducing the new "EOS RiP" Pro version !~
Why though? Video must be important to you, I get that. It's not important to me and I'm not saying my viewpoint holds. But video 1. Isn't free 2. Isn't photography. The stills capability of most video cameras are extremely rudimentary when compared to a dedicated stills camera that has a little bit of video.
Really, the market will decide. If Sony creams Canon over the next 18 - 24 months in full frame mirrorless and it's because their video capabilities are superior, it will come. But it's sure not going to come in an RP-level body - I don't think that's embarrassing at all, because if you want to spend $1200 on a video camera you can do that, and do a lot better than what a Sony full frame mirrorless does, too.
I'm wanting to order it for travel, but having 3 FF bodies doesn't make a lot of sense, so I'd want to sell one of them. I may buy one anyway and see how I like it. Adorama has a 30 Day trial period in case it really doesn't suit you, and you can increase that to 60 days with their optional plan.
I see no advantage to buying the RF kit, you can get the free EF adapter and grip with the base camera and buy the RF 24-105 for $200 off.
Jack may be in the market for a an EOS R ;)
Kids are getting older and family travels are taking us to some amazing places. Our old gear was getting a bit beat up (all in one Sigma 18-300 3.5-6.3 Macro and Rebel body). With upcoming plans, it was time to upgrade.
After the holidays, for a bit over $2,000 all in, we were able to pick up an RP with the 24-240, the 35 f1.8 macro, and Canon was even giving away their Pixma Pro10 printer.
We’re taking advantage of the new equipment and taking the time to learn a lot more about photography and I’m committed to staying off auto. With a Disney trip and a road trip to the Canadian Rockies and Pacific NW, we hope to have better vacation photos than ever.
I’m loving the RP. Has a host of features the Rebel didn’t have. It’s inspired me to learn a lot more about photography. Video isn’t a priority. We’ll use it, but don’t have 4K TV and aren’t into post production. Just capture what happened for memories, not public consumption.
The RP even has me reading and responding in a photography forum for the first time ever!