The Canon EOS R3
has been designed specifically to meet the needs of sports and news photographers and Richard is impressed with what he's seen so far. "It's slightly smaller than the EOS-1D X Mark III
and, although it's also lighter, it feels like a familiar and comfortable tool to use in the hand, which means you adapt more quickly to using it," he explains. "The last thing you want is to go to a job with something that's completely different, because you're thinking more about what you're doing with the camera than the subject in front of you.
"The EVF on the EOS R3 is absolutely fantastic and comfortably the best I've seen on any mirrorless camera. It has the Eye Control AF
built-in, and that's possibly one of the reasons why the viewfinder is so large, but as a consequence, it makes it really nice to use. The 30fps frame rate is also great – if I'm shooting a swing sequence in golf or tennis, for example, I've simply got more frames to choose from."
Richard recently used the EOS R3 at a major golf tournament for the first time and says, "It came into its own as a dependable, mirrorless version of the EOS-1D X Mark III." He found the workflow with the two cameras is almost identical, but the R3's features, including the silent shooting facility, EVF and high ISO performance, brought new benefits that helped him in his work.
"I could shoot whenever I wanted, without fear of putting the players off, and I could let the AF points do their thing and keep track of faces/eyes, which allowed me to concentrate on where the subject was in the frame and if they made any sudden movements," he continues. "I could also make sure the exposure was perfect, especially with silhouettes, and being able to move up to extremely fast shutter speeds meant I could keep a shallower depth of field to make the subject pop."