I had an opportunity to test the Canon R5’s autofocus with firmware v1.5 at high ISO at the weekend, a local football match under floodlights seemed like the ideal test!
Liskeard AFC vs Falmouth Town.
With a 3pm kick-off the light soon faded and at halftime the flood lights came on!
The R5 performed superbly with the focus being super fast and snappy. Yes I missed a few shots where the autofocus locked onto the wrong player but the amount of keeps was excellent.
As the light faded the ISO started to climb, in fact the EF 100-400 got swapped out for the RF 70-200 F2.8 really early on. Below is the last shot taken with the EF 100-400, it was only 10 minutes into the game! the light was so hit and miss, one minute it was bright (as below) then the next…
The 2 stops of extra light from the F2.8 made a massive difference.
At high ISO the image shows excellent detail and is more than usable.
The shot below was taken at 4:43PM. The floodlights were patchy to say the least!
The RF70-200 F2.8 was lightning fast at focusing on the extremely fast action and noticeably faster than the EF 100-400 L II. The R5 was set to setup 4 for autofocus with eye detect switched on.
As it was fast action and under lights the mechanical shutter was used to prevent banding and rolling shutter, the camera settings were fixed in Manual mode 1/1250sec F2.8 with Auto ISO.
The mechanical 12fps was fast enough to catch the action and the focus was up to the task of keeping this sharp, even with the rain coming down!
Overall I was super impressed with the Canon R5 on Version 1.5.
On Sunday the 19th September 2021 I attended Pawton Gate Farm Clay Pigeon Shooting range. The event was a ladies introduction session. Each attendee had 25 shots, 5 shots at 5 different clay traps, from high in the sky to a rabbit runner on the ground.
I was amazed to see the lead shot could actually be seen in some of the images!
Had some good fun with the Band Colour TV last night, the location for the photoshoot was the Cheesewring on Bodmin Moor.
The brief was to capture a selection of images which could be used for the marketing and help promote the new single “Charlie” due for release on the 24th of September.
Two locations were planned. Keeping the kit to a minimum was important as both locations were quite remote and require a good walk on uneven ground to get too.
Bag packed with two bodies, R5 and 5D Mk2, an RF and EF 24-105 F4 L, RF 70-200 F2.8, EF16-35 F4 with RF adapter. Lighting was taken care of with two Yongnuo YN660 flash guns and remote trigger. Modifiers 150cm Octa, 60cm square popup soft-box, 90cm 3in1 reflector and light stand. I also packed a few LED light panels to help with the journey back when it was dark.
The trusty Canon R5 performed incredibly well making focus in very low light easy. I used the Canon RF24-105 F4 L for the wide shots, the RF 70-200 F2.8 for pretty much everything else.
I used a 150cm Octa with a remote flash triggered to paint the light on the lads in the dark shots, also to control the light in the day shots.
The images have had very little work done on them other than colour tone, levels and a little tough-up. No sky replacement has been done, I used a slow shutter speed to retain the detail in the sky and used the flash to ensure the main image was tack sharp.
You can find out more about the band Colour TV on their Instagram. Link Here…
The 24th June saw me shooting a music Gig in the Underground in Plymouth.
It was the first Live gig i’ve shoot with the Canon R5 and 24-105mm F4 L lens, I also had the 50mm F1.8 but found the R5 did not need the extra light, i was quite excited to see the results! I should not have worried because the images were amazing, the low light performance of that camera is simply incredible!
Some of these shots were taken at ISO12800! The camera was set to full manual to ensure control of the exposure.
Front to back! My trust Canon 5D Mk2 with 24-105mm F4 L lens, this has been the main work horse for so long but now used as a backup.
The Newbee on the block! the absolutely incredible Canon R5 with RF24-105 F4 L lens! sometimes things do not live up to expectations… this camera goes over and above what I expected! Paired to the RF 70-200 F2.8 it’s simply just stunning!
And rounding up the trio, at the back the Panasonic GH5 with 12-60mm lens. The versatility of this camera is superb, easy of use and video quality as amazing!