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Old 04-16-2019   #1
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Default Get EOS R or 5Dmk4

Hello, I am in the market for a new camera. I am a long time user of the DSLR 50D. My main interest is getting a full frame camera. The only glass I have is the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.

At first I was planning on just getting the 6Dmk2. But after looking over reviews and what not, I think I am willing to pay more for the 5Dmk4 or the EOS R. But now I don't know which one is right for me. The 5Dmk4 has a good reputation but has been out for a while. The EOS R looks solid, but now I am reading that one will be replaced within a year with IBIS and other improvements. I also know I can use the adapter and still keep my L lens I have already.

Is the EOS R and lenses made with RF mount the future of Canon? Or will Canon keep making EF lenses for DSLRs? I would like to get something now, since I have a lot of travel plans for this summer. Waiting for new models isn't of interest because I don't think I will be willing to pay for what they bring out next. I mainly shoot landscape and day to day family pictures.

Can anyone suggest if I should get the 5Dmk4 or the EOS R based on their experience? I keep watching reviews but I feel like I'm 50/50 still.

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Old 05-18-2019   #2
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I was on the fence trying to decide if I should upgrade to a 5D MkIV or go the mirrorless route with the EOS R. I read many articles and forums and saw many, many negative comments about the R. The comments are ultimately based on a certain set of user expectations. If objective, you can match your skill set, expectations, and needs to the right equipment regardless of public commentary. Reviews are a good thing, but must be interpreted based on your needs. It's anyone's guess about what Canon might do and when. If options and features are added to a next gen R camera, the cost will certainly increase. I've heard that the next versions will be announced sometime in 2020 and be more directed towards professional photographers ($$$). For me, the R hits a sweet spot for technology, functionality, performance, and cost. I decided it was time to move on from my 5D MkI so I ordered an R. Good luck to you!


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As new cameras from Canon will show up in 2020 I simply wait and see what’s happening.

Still happy with my Canon 5D Mark II so far ...

Sorry for my “not so useful” advice.
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I have an EOS M3 and am generally happy with it, which, being a mirrorless camera, has its shortcomings, some of which are in common with the EOS R series. I bought an optional EVF for mine that fits into the accessory shoe as well as an extra battery, which I almost always do anyway regardless of the projected life of the battery. The battery life is shorter for a mirrorless camera, since the camera has to be on before you can do anything with it, including manual focusing or viewing.

Nevertheless, I have had no trouble getting my battery to last through a shooting session. The contrast detection autofocus is slower than the phase detection typical in a dSLR, but generally more accurate. I have fewer misfocused shots with my M3 than I had with my 40D. The optional EVF also allows me to brace the camera against my forehead as I usually do with a dSLR. The slower operation makes it a compromise choice at best for sports and action photography, but the live camera pitch/roll indicator/level is a big help in keeping my verticals vertical and horizontals horizontal. I am also in love with the camera's live histogram, which would be difficult to have with an optical viewfinder. I haven't really even picked up my dSLR since I got the M3, but I don't do a lot of fast-action shooting either.


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