Elf Concentration

Christmas is just around the corner and the traditional Christmas fair in Aalborg is packed with visitors.
This guy/elf is there every year to entertain the visitors. He’s a bit sarcastic and dry witted, but it is a good thing that not all entertainment around christmas is sugar coated.

This was the first chance to really test the EOS R at mixed low light environments. Overall it did great.
In most cases it were better and faster at acquiring focus compared to my 6D, or at least as good.
But I noticed that when it struggled it was more likely to just give up, where the 6D would keep at it and usually ended up hitting focus.
Still, the flexibility of the many many focus point, compared to the 11 (and in low light: 1) focus points of the 6D, means that I would prefer the R.

And who knows.. on the 6D I usually would focus/recompose..
If I did that on the R, maybe it would do even better?

The EOS R makes my EF lenses shine

Now that I have really started to dig into the features and capabilities of the EOS R, I am surprised again and again about how much difference the Dual Pixel Autofocus system makes, compared to having a separate autofocus sensor like I had in my EOS 6D.

It is not that the 6D were bad or had trouble focusing. Far from. It was really good at focusing, even in bad light.
But I had to micro adjust every single one of my lenses to get the most out of them. And sometimes, no matter how much you adjusted, there would still be times where the focus seemed a bit off.

My Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is the perfect example. It is a lens that is notoriously known for being hard to adjust correctly.
On some lenses, mine included, you would be challenged to find a micro adjustment that were spot on, both when focusing close to infinity and close to the near limit.

A whole new lens

I actually managed to adjust it to a point where both ends were acceptable, but from time to time it would just miss focus.

On the R, it is like having a whole new lens. It is sharp at all distances, focus is spot on every time. And I didn’t even have to micro adjust.
You can’t even do that on the R because It uses the image sensor to focus, instead of a separate sensor.

This is perhaps one of the most overlooked advantages of this new mirrorless prodigy.
It wasn’t a feature I had given much though before buying the R, but it really is a big deal.
Not only can I use all my EF lenses (and even EF-S lenses) using an adapter, but I can use them with better or as good results as I have been used to on my native EF Mount 6D.

The image in this post is taken with the EOS R and Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

Fenced out of the light

I am still getting to know my new EOS R. It is a truly amazing camera, but it behaves different from the various DSLR EOS’es I have been using for the last many years. It’s not that it does things in a weird way. It is more that I have to operate it in another way. Things are starting to click (no pun intended), and the pictures it produces are really good.
Here it is used with my good old Sigma 50mm f/1.4. The two combined works really well together.