The 5diii vs EOS R: No Comparison

Switching to the EOS R? Here’s my take on it. The Canon 5Diii really does feel like “home”. Well, at least it did. I recently switch from the the Canon 5Diii to Canon’s first-ever full frame mirrorless mini-monster, the EOS R. I got the 5Diii while it was still the flagship camera from Canon and if I had to, I’d still shoot with it. Switching to the EOS R from the 5Diii was frightening and came with a few challenges. I don’t regret it though. This camera has been one of the smoothest transitions for me as far as camera gear is concerned. So, here’s why I switched from the 5Diii to the EOS R.

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Underrated and Pre-Hated

Despite the amazing image quality of this camera, It didn’t have a great debut. YouTubers, Bloggers, and even myself, jumped straight into bashing the camera due to the lack of 120FPS and the lack of 4k at 60FPS. In addition to those “flaws”, the newly designed lens mount that now takes an adapter. Which is a must if you want to use your EF glass, especially those pricey L Series lenses. Spoiler alert: the lens mount works GREAT. I’d go as far to say that my auto focus is actually FASTER with the adapter than natively on the 5diii. I am a little upset about the single card slot option though.

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Canon’s EOS R Has the Best Low Light Performance

Unless there is a camera out there that I’ve yet to discover, this is Canon’s best low light performer. As of right now, July 1st 2019, Canon doesn’t make a camera that can shoot in low light as well as this one. The 5Div is close, but I still feel like the EOS R can eat it’s lunch. Ironically, the EOS R has the same sensor in it as the 5Div, which is a little confusing to me.

This opens up the door for trying new things in low light. Especially as a wedding photographer, you never really know what you’re walking into with lighting. Have a camera with such a great low-light sensor will put you at ease.

The Touchscreen

I have a love-hate relationship with touch screen cameras. This one quickly became a part of my DNA. The hardest part for me to get used to when switching to the EOS R was using the screen as opposed to the joystick that the 5Diii had. Even though I wish Canon would bring back the joystick, they’ve won me over with this feature. This is just a learning curve when switching from the 5diii to the EOS R. One little quirk I haven’t quite figured out is how to stop accidentally activating the touch-shutter feature. This is mostly user-error, but I hate that it’s on the main display menu.

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A Love-Hate Relationship with EVFs

I have a confession to make. At only 28 years old, I feel like an old man. I personally hate EVFs. Well, in low-light or off-camera lighting situations at least. If you’re not familiar with EVFs, this stands for electronic viewfinder. Basically, rather than a traditional DSLR’s mirror that reflects from the lens to the viewfinder, the camera generates an images based on exposure settings, all electronic.

This is great, don’t get me wrong. As a matter and fact, it’s actually very beneficial in the way that shoot. The only problem is when flashes are involved. I always shoot to have my white balance right in-camera as well as exposure, so looking through and image that looks completely different from when I snap is more a distraction than a feature. This has always been a problem with flashes and live mode or Electronic View Finders. Can we find a fix for this? Anybody?

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The Surprisingly Sharper Images Are A Must

I didn’t think sharper images where going to be a part of my fantastic experience with this camera. However, my images are so much sharper with the EOS R than they were with the 5Diii. This confuses me, maybe it’s the huge 30.3 megapixel sensor. Either way, I’m thrilled about it. Despite the argument that megapixels don’t make for necessarily better images, this is the only logical explanation I have for this. The paragraph below will also shed some light on this phenomenon. This is another huge reason why I switched from the 5diii to the EOS R.

Why I Switched From The 5Diii to the EOS R

Switching to the EOS R for the Unmatched Autofocus

One deal-maker feature when switching to the EOS R is the autofocus is like something you would expect out of the 1DXii. The high-speed shutter moves ridiculously fast. The face tracking is scary accurate, and focus dragging isn’t talked about near enough.

The high-speed shutter is so great for weddings. Now, I’m a firm believer in slowing down and “waiting out a shot” but sometimes you have to blast away in hopes that you get something in-focus. Moments happen fast. Especially the first kiss and the exit.

Being a former 5Diii user, face tracking is something unfamiliar to a guy like me. It took a little bit to adjust to this (I’m not going to talk about the lack of the joystick on the EOSR right here). I was expecting this feature to be more for video but it’s really impressed me with photo as well. I shot a whole wedding with this focus mode once, other than detail shots. To my surprise, it went great.

Focus dragging. Now, this is a game-changer. Not even sure that this is what this is called, as there is a feature in the camera that allows to hold and drag AF Points. That’s not what this is. What I’m calling focus dragging is using the AF point in the center, then holding the shutter to recompose (similar to back-button focus). This is very smooth and has become my default when focusing a shot quickly.

Touch screen focus is great and all, but I feel like the points mentioned above are a great addition to your tool belt. So, with a lack of a joystick, the EOS R is still far greater in the world of autofocus. If you’re on the fence about switching from the EOS R, this is enough to justify it alone.

The 5Diii Is Terribly Dated

Despite the 5Diii being my first love, it’s terribly dated. I loved the joystick, and miss it terribly. However, the lack of touchscreen features, the horrible lack of video functionality. With a lack of 60FPS, terrible video compression, and no auto-focus, this camera was never a good idea for videographers. The image quality is still something that could be held up against most cameras. My camera specifically had a ton of problems due to wear and tear. It was far beyond time to sell it. My grip had peeled completely off, joystick has been replaced three times, and Canon has had to repair some internal elements on several occasions. This camera was a workhorse, but it was time to retire it. So, this is the biggest reason for switching to the EOS R.

The Upgraded Battery Grip

Battery grips are a constant battle for me. I’ve had name-brand, I’ve had the off-brand, I’ve had it all. They all respond differently and sometimes they have crazy issues that take-over your camera and cause it to act completely stupid. The new battery grip for the EOS R is a much needed improvement that doesn’t only allow for a better grip, more battery power, and additional buttons for ease-of-access. Better yet, it offers a USB charging cable and charger. This may not seem like much, but I’ve gotten spoiled to using to just plugging my camera in at my desk and letting it charge both batteries while I dump cards and edit images. Switching to the EOS R suddenly is that much better.

Why I Switched From The 5Diii to the EOS R

The Real Reason Why I switched from the 5Diii to the EOS R.

So this is why I switched from the 5Diii to the EOS R. It’s better. Yep, it’s really that simple. I could go in to the complex reasons I feel that the EOS R superior to it’s bulky forefather, but chances are you’ve read that part already if you’ve made it to this paragraph. The EOS R gives me the look that I’m striving for with ZakkShane photo. It really is an incredible camera in the EOS line. I’m highly considering buy another one to compliment the current one.


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