It took awhile to get but after I did finally receive my EOS R5 I was excited to try it out and over the course of about 7-8 months I have compiled some tips and tricks on getting the most of it.
Tip #1: Update the firmware!
You may or may not have to do this depending on when you get your camera but if you have not done it yet, absolutely check the Canon website for the firmware in your country. The latest version as of this writing is v1.3.1. You can check your camera firmware version by going to the menu with the wrench on it, then scroll over sub-menu #6 and at the bottom of the list you will see something like “Firmware Ver 1.3.1”.
Tip #2: Try the zone AF mode.
While generally excellent the EOS R5’s subject tracking is sometimes a little bit hit or miss. If you are having issues try switching to the Zone AF or Single AF Point modes and things may start working better. The other thing I noticed is that RF lenses tend to track better than EF lenses so if you are using EF lenses and having trouble Zone AF could be a good approach for you.
Tip #3: Tweak the AF performance with the R5’s AF customization options.
The R5 is great right out of the box but it includes a variety of settings you can employ to change how the AF behaves. Take a close look at the AF menu and experiment with some of the conditions that you may encounter while shooting.
Tip #4: Yes, the R5 has eye AF.
So you thought Sony was special with their eye AF, well Canon has made it official with the R5 and R6, their camera detects eyes, and not just human eyes but animal eyes as well. It is already pretty solid and usable but I expect an upcoming camera will be even better with this feature. However, the R5 is great and I have tested it extensively on People.
Tip #5: IBIS performs best with RF lenses.
EF lenses are still fantastic optically but when it comes to IBIS the R5 works best with RF glass.
Tip #6: Take advantage of the big image sensor in the R5.
If you are shooting video one of the great features is the oversampled full frame 4k video. On top of that, it will also shoot oversampled 4k in an APS-C crop.
Tip #7: Use the flicker reduction.
No idea why but with the R5 I started seeing flicker more obviously than with the EOS R. The solution? Set the camera to remove the flicker in the images. There is one downside though… it can’t be used with the full electronic shutter.
Tip #8: Customize your button layout and screens.
I switched up my button layout a little bit to suit my needs. In particular I changed the function of the AF-ON button. I also setup the screens to only cycle through a couple of the 5 available options.
Tip #9: Try out the AE lock button when shooting with TTL Flash.
If you are shooting with TTL enabled flash you can set the flash power using the AE lock button. To do so simply point the camera at your subject with an ETTL flash attached and powered on then press the (*) button on the back of the camera. This will cause the flash to fire without taking a picture and now the flash will function like it is in manual mode. I still wish we could control the flash through the camera dials though!
Tip #10: Make use of the R5’s dual card slots.
When shooting with dual cards you have the option of using the second card as a backup. Basically you want to set your camera to “Record Separately” then you can go to the image quality menu and set the quality to be saved on each card. You can shoot RAW to both cards. If that is not enabled it might be a card issue. Sorry, you need to get a proper card LMAO.
Tip #11: Don’t use a shoulder strap.
With all the mirrorless cameras the ability to use the rear screen means you can hold the camera at all kinds of positions and angles that are difficult or impossible to do with a DSLR. With that in mind I have found that ditching the camera strap really freed me up to fully explore how I can shoot with a mirrorless camera.
Tip #12: Set your priority card to the CFExpress card when recording separately to two cards!
A great tip I recently found is a priority card selection in the card settings menu of the EOS R5. Basically the issue is that when you switch out your CFExpress card, the camera will automatically switch to using the SD card if you close the card door on the camera, even when the camera is off. Thus, you will find that after switching your CFExpress card for a new one the camera will have switched to using the SD card for everything. To avoid this happening just set your priority card to the CFExpress card. This setting is located on the card playback menu that allows you to choose which card you would like to use to review images. On that screen there is an option to press “info” and have the camera always default back to the CFExpress card if it is present.
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