A little over three and a half years ago I made a video showing users how to do a simple set-up to transmit images directly from the Canon EOS 5D MkIV camera using the built-in FTP feature. Recently a chap who saw that video asked if I could do the same with the EOS R5. At that time I didn’t have access to an R5 so I made a note to get around to it ‘one day’.
Last week I needed to get my hands on one to make sure that it was able to transmit into a server that some of the photographers that I work with use. Thanks to Canon UK and CPS (Canon Professional Services) I have had the camera for a few days, ironed out any issues we had and so I thought that I’d go ahead and make a quick walk-through tutorial and comparison video.
The video is now on YouTube and you can use this link to watch it. Spoiler alert; it’s easier than the 5D MkIV to set up and Canon have clearly listened to the suggestions made by my colleagues (and me) and implemented them.
I haven’t had much time to actually shoot with the R5 but from what I have seen it’s a wonderful camera. The controls and menus are similar enough to recent Canon DSLRs that it is a breeze to just pick up and use. The file size is massive and the image quality is exceptional – even with the compressed RAW setting enabled. My biggest concern was the electronic viewfinder because I haven’t really been able to get on with one before but this is clearly a couple of generations better than anything I had tried before and it is really good. The auto-focus is amazing and the silent operation is a brilliant addition to the options available for shooting in quiet situations.
All-in-all it’s a great camera. I’ve only had one RF lens (24-105 f4) to play with but the RF/EF adapter has allowed me to stick a couple of EF lenses on it and their performance is easily as good as on the 5D MkIV when used on the R5. If I find time to use it more then there are still a few questions that I need answers to and, of course, there’s the old “does buying this kit make economic sense?” question that I’d need to answer. In the meantime, thank you Canon UK for the loan and thank you Canon for making yet another superb piece of kit.