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Jeff Cable talks about what it’s like to shoot with the Canon EOS R3 as a pro | Canon Rumors


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Dan Havlik at Digital Photo Pro had the chance to interview Jeff Cable, probably the most talked-about Canon shooter at the Tokyo Olympic Games for his work with the Canon EOS R3.

Jeff gives a pretty glowing review of the Canon EOS R3 experience, but without the marketing speak, as there were a few things such as the eye-controlled AF that didn’t hit the mark all of the time.

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Q: How was the Eye Control Autofocus (AF) feature on the R3?

Jeff Cable: Eye Control worked well but there were some environments where it was more effective for me. I tried it a couple of times at press conferences, and it was great. For instance, when Katie Ledecky is standing in front of me and I want her face in focus, Eye Control AF made it easy to lock-in.

During some sports though, the Eye Control AF wasn’t locking in fast enough for what I wanted, so I turned it off and went to back-button focus. Mostly though, I didn’t have time the learn it well enough to use it during the Olympics. I’d like to spend more time experimenting with it. It’s something I’m dying to use for my event photography.

Like myself, I do wonder why the Canon EOS R3 isn’t dual CFExpress slots. I think the market that will buy this camera is ok with spending more on fast memory cards.

Q: What’s the one thing you liked least about the R3?

Jeff Cable: The SD Card slot is slow. I was shooting RAW plus JPEG to both the CFexpress card and the SD card since I couldn’t easily open the R3’s RAW files yet and needed the JPEGs. Some people don’t know this but shooting RAW plus JPEG slows the camera down more than shooting two RAWs because the camera has to process the image twice.

Q: What’s one thing that surprised you about the R3?

Jeff Cable: I like that you can turn on a simulated noise that makes the R3 sound like it has a DSLR shutter. The R5 and R6 don’t have that. I wanted that audible feedback. With the R3, you can go completely silent and it’s a little disconcerting to a DSLR shooter, especially because there’s no blackout. On the other hand, if I’m shooting a Bar Mitzvah or a wedding, I don’t want that sound so I can turn it off and go completely stealth.

Check out the rest of the interview at Digital Photo Pro

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