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Gary says: "I LOVE my CANON R5"

Gary is a photojournalist and PAUL’S PHOTO customer. His still and video images have been featured in the Los Angeles media for decades. He recently upgraded to Canon full-frame mirrorless and couldn’t be happier!

I finally received my Canon R5 and 100-500mm lens. I was not disappointed. In my personal photography I shoot fast action, mostly military aviation and the space program. My requirements were high resolution, fast and accurate focusing while shooting bursts of images. I mostly shoot hand held all day long so the light weight body and lens was really important. The military jets travel up to 700 miles per hour. When they approach the runway for a landing they fly about 300 miles per hour.

How I Use It:

Canon R5 and the RF 100-500mm lens is my primary setup. The lens lives on my camera since the day I got it. The stabilization helps create amazing sharp images. The light weight allows me to follow the action handheld. The 45 megapixel resolution allow me to crop a bit and still get have awesome images. I wanted to see how far I could go and was able to see the pilots wristwatch clearly in the image.

The Autofocus:

The autofocus is incredible. It locks onto the subject and won’t let go. This is good considering shooting very fast things while handheld. Even when atmospheric disturbance is a problem, water vapor and heat waves, the focus is as sharp is it can be.


                                                                The Image:

I shoot raw format. I get a decent burst of images in raw. On overcast days when the lighting is very flat, I am able to pull amazing details from the images. Even in hard backlight the images are good. The Images of by Biplanes were fully backlit. Images of the F-18’s were coming out of the fog in overcast conditions.

A Pleasant Surprise:

While waiting for the jets. i was shooting the egrets hunting for breakfast. i was using animal eye focus which works really well. Suddenly a jet popped up and i pointed at it. The eye focus locked onto the jet like a bird. It locked focus on the pilots helmet like a birds eye. I have been using animal eye focus ever since then.

My Shoot Settings:

I set my camera to Manual 1/2000 of a second, f8.0, Auto ISO, SERVO focus, auto focus EYE, subject to detect ANIMALS, H drive mode, White Balance DAYLIGHT or CLOUDY, Evaluative metering with +2/3 exposure compensation, Raw images, Picture style FINE DET.

My Gear:

Canon R5, RF 100-500mm lens, 4 batteries, 2 Hoodman Steel CFe 128gb Cards, 2 Delkin Black 128gb SDXC Uhs-ii cards. Mindshift Photocross 13 sling bag.