Canon has released new firmware updates for the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras. The EOS R5 specifically sees some AF accuracy optimisation when using the recently announced Canon RF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM lenses with the RF1.4x and RF2x teleconverters. Both cameras, however, see improvements to the stability and reliability of Eye Detection autofocus as well as AF tracking for moving subjects.
One of the great new features of the Canon EOS R3 (and the Nikon Z9, while we’re talking about it) was the addition of vehicle tracking. Designed primarily for sports shooters covering motor racing, it allows the camera to lock onto vehicles as they hurl themselves around the track at ungodly speeds. Well, that feature is coming to the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 on December 2nd via a firmware update.
It has a small problem, though. According to Canon, “general passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles may not be detected”. There’s no indication as to why, but it seems that non-racing vehicles “may not” be detected. This is perhaps going to be a little tricky for motorcycles, given that street bikes and racing bikes are pretty much identical to each other, especially in Superbike racing where production bikes are used.
Back when the Canon EOS R5 was first released and the rumours of overheating first came to light, one of the first companies to jump on the camera cooling train were Tilta, announcing a cooling kit for the EOS R5 & R6 that mounted onto the back of the camera when the LCD was flipped out. The problem was, the EOS R5 firmware was on a timer. It wasn’t temperature-dependent. So it didn’t really work.
Over a couple of firmware updates, things changed and now the EOS R5 (and EOS R6) does monitors the temperature, as proven by Matt Perks’ DIY cooling attempt. This makes Tilta’s $165 camera cooling product, first announced in July 2020, finally, potentially viable. So, now it’s actually being released and it’s compatible with both cameras.
Atomos has released the v10.68 firmware update for the Atomos Ninja V+ monitor recorder. The update now allows you to record 8K ProRes RAW in the Ninja V+ from the HDMI signal coming out of the Canon EOS R5. Of course, you also have to install the latest Canon EOS R5 v1.4.0 firmware, too, also just released today (according to Atomos) or yesterday (according to Canon on Windows) or last week (according to Canon for Mac users).
Regardless of the when, the Atomos update for the Ninja V+ only seems to add the 8K and 5K ProRes RAW video functionality for the EOS R5, although the new EOS R5 firmware update also makes a few other changes, too, including simultaneous video recording to two cards simultaneously.
I was joking with someone yesterday about the craziness of the Olympics, and the pressures that we are all under during the Games. We were talking about how the world has different time zones and maybe they should add another just for the Olympics. For the media here, there is absolutely no consistency to our eating and sleeping patterns and time is just different. When a bus is 10 minutes late at home, it usually is no big deal, but here at the Olympics, when you are under deadlines all the time, ten minutes seems like an eternity. And those deadlines can be really daunting.
When I first photographed the Olympics, there really was no such thing as social media and the deadlines were in the hours, not the minutes. I remember being in Beijing and people were saying, take your time getting us images because it is still in the middle of the night back home. But those days are long gone, and we live in a world of immediacy. The team does not want to wait for hours to get my photos, they want them as quick as I can deliver them. And I am not alone in this. The media here are either working for entities that expect images right away, or they are freelance and competing to get their images picked up by the different news outlets around the world, therefore earning them an income.
The issue of which is the “best camera” comes up every single day on social media. Many times. But the reality is that there’s no single best camera out there. If there was, it would be the only camera that people owned and the only camera available. There are cameras out there, though, that may not be objectively “the best”, but they’re certainly the best for your needs.
In this video, Kevin Raposo takes a side-by-side look at the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras in a very detailed 20+ minute breakdown going over 20 different aspects of both cameras to talk about where each one shines and why you might want to pick one over the other.
Canon’s full-frame lineup has proven to be very popular ever since it was initially introduced. So far, they’ve released four full-frame mirrorless bodies with the RF mount, but how do they all stack up against each other? Are the new EOS R5 and EOS R6 really that much better than the earlier bodies?
In this video, Irene Rudnyk puts the Canon EOS RP ($999), EOS R ($1,799), EOS R6 ($2,499) and EOS R5 ($3,899) up against each other to see how well they handle when shooting portraits. As well as seeing how well it renders colours and AF performance and accuracy, Irene also looks at the technical specs and benefits each camera has over the other.
The folks at Kolari Vision have been working hard on trying to solve the Canon EOS R5 overheating issues for a while now. They were the first to tear open the EOS R6 and publish what they saw. They also identified the timer that was causing the camera to shut down at the predetermined times with the original firmware.
When Canon updated the EOS R5 firmware, though, it now seemed to be looking at the actual temperature rather than using a timer – which opened up the possibilities for cooling. Matt Perks had a go at it quite successfully, but now Kolari Vision has also solved it, with a passive cooling mod. But, it costs $399 to them implement it and it will almost certainly void your warranty.
The Canon EOS R5 has been plagued with overheating criticism since its initial release. Canon eventually released a firmware update that resolved some of the issues users were experiencing – although that still wasn’t enough for some people. Next month, it’ll have been a year since the Canon EOS R5 was launched, and it’s received a few more updates since then. But how does it handle today?
Well, after using one for the past eight months, Bryan Redding of Deaf Director presents his findings in the above video. And, well, it’s great for photographers. Not so much for filmmakers. It does, of course, depend on exactly what your video needs are, but if you were hoping to shoot 8K, 4K120p or even 4K HQ, you’re out of luck.
Kolari Vision has announced a new set of clip-in magnetic filters for the Canon EOS R5. They mount inside the camera body in front of the sensor but behind the lens. It’s compatible with native RF mount lenses or when using the EF to RF adapter. Kolari initially announced the clip-in filter system for the EOS R system last September.
Now, though, it’s finally here. There are two types of filters available. One fits the EOS R, R5 and R6. The other is for the EOS RP. Both are available in various flavours, designed to work with cameras converted to full-spectrum (seeing both IR and UV, as well as visible light). The filters allow you to cut the range back down to see just the wavelengths you want.