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My Experience with Sony A7iii and Canon EOS R

In this article, I will talk about my thoughts on the full frame cameras Sony A7iii and Canon EOS R. I will have some comparison side by side at the end of this blog post so you can check out the differences. Before I get into the main content, I want to talk a bit of my reason to rent these cameras.


Reason

About 3 weeks ago, I decided to create more comparison content for my YouTube Channel. I have been shooting Fujifilm for 5 years already. I wanted to expand my views on cameras especially I haven't shot any full frames cameras before.


I had a thought in my head thinking what if I create a video series like "What if caliallstaring shoots Sony/Canon?" topic. Most of the my audience relates me to Fujifilm most of the time. I thought it would be cool to use my style of photography on the other brand of cameras and see the outcome. I planned to go through my normal workflow (Shooting JPEG + iPhone VSCO edits) on these other cameras and compared the results.


The cameras I rented are Sony A7iii with 35mm F1.4 Zeiss and Canon EOS R with 35mm F1.4 L ii. The reason I chose this was because they were the latest mirrorless cameras and I can create comparison content with Fujifilm's latest X-T3. And the advantage of mirrorless cameras is that when shooting backlight against the sun, I won't get blinded by the sun ray. I shoot backlight a lot and I can use the EVF to directly shoot against the sun in mirrorless cameras.


Sony A7iii

I had the Sony A7iii rental first and I shot about 5 or 6 shoots with it already. The most impressive feature to me is the auto Eye-AF. I didn't know how to set up the auto Eye-AF at first due to so many menu items in Sony cameras, but once I did some search and set to the AE-L button, it worked nicely. Below is a video I was comparing the auto Eye-AF:

As you have seen in the video, the small focus square tracks the eye nicely, the hit rate is pretty good above 90 percent.


Sony A7iii JPEG Color

Below are couple sample Sony A7iii original jpeg images:

Zeiss 35mm F1.4 Sony A7iii @bulababy

Zeiss 35mm F1.4 Sony A7iii @bulababy

Zeiss 35mm F1.4 Sony A7iii @bulababy

The Sony JPEGs are not as bad as many people mentioned in the internet. I used the standard creative profile for the shoots. The color did have more green tint shooting against the sun for me, but this can be adjusted in the post a little bit.


Sony A7iii controls

The control buttons are decent since I used the AE-L function most of the time to activate the Eye-AF. I feel comfortable using the joystick to change the focus point position as well since I am used to the Fujifilm joystick in the back. I still like the control dials in the X-T series showing all the information from the top and you can adjust them physically.


Canon EOS R

A week ago, I rented the other mirrorless camera Canon EOS R to create more comparison content. Many people told me about the color science of Canon for portraits. I wanted to see how it stacks up with other camera brands.


Canon EOS R First Impression

So far, I only had two shoots using the Canon EOS R. I can see why people love the colors in the Canon. It has nice image quality and good color science. Below are couple photos I took with the Canon EOS R and 35mm F1.4 L ii


35mm F1.4 L ii Canon EOS R @waeryblues

35mm F1.4 L ii Canon EOS R @bulababy

35mm F1.4 L ii Canon EOS R @bulababy

When I am shooting the daylight portraits, Canon has its unique tones that looks very smooth for the image, but at the same time the sharpness from the 35mm F1.4 L ii is great. The Canon 35mm F1.4 L ii and the Zeiss 35mm F1.4 are both great lenses. It creates very sharp images even at wide open.


Two things I noticed in EOS R. The first one is the joystick as mentioned above. I wish they have the joystick so that it's easier to move the focus point. The second one is the no blackout shutter. I am not very used to the no blackout shutter. I depends on the sound and the green icon to let myself know that an image was taken. Maybe this is a good thing for sports continuous shooting, but for regular portraits, I like the shutter feedback on the screen.


Sony A7iii & Canon EOS R JPEGs

Below are couple comparisons between these two cameras:

Left: Canon EOS R 35mm F1.4 L ii vs Right: Sony A7iii Zeiss 35mm F1.4

Left: Canon EOS R 35mm F1.4 L ii vs Right: Sony A7iii Zeiss 35mm F1.4

Left: Canon EOS R 35mm F1.4 L ii vs Right: Sony A7iii Zeiss 35mm F1.4


In summary, these two are great cameras. The colors are slightly different, but can be adjusted in post. From the control standpoints, i like the Sony A7iii over the Canon EOS R because of the joystick. For the color JPEGs, I like the Canon EOS R color more.


Thanks so much for reading and continuous support in my Instagram: @caliallstaring and in my Youtube Channel: Xing Liu.


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