Canon RP... a mixed bag of feelings

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Rock and Rollei Senior Member • Posts: 1,592
Re: Canon RP... a mixed bag of feelings

ThomasH_always wrote:

We all know of the hype-on-the-net: Mirrorless will save the planet as we know it. The EVF advantages, the future, the miracle. And how DSLR are the dinosaurs. The reality is different. I am usually letting pass some time before trying out the new tech. But here I am: I have the RP. I am The Fool Who Rushed in. Remember that great movie and a good advise?

An EVF is not even now a match to an optical viewfinder. Its physics, baby, yea! The light passing through an OVF is always a proper proportion of the incoming light. It is about energy. The EVF of the RP is glowing with exaggerated light in the dusk, and is way too dark in the sunlight. Simply horrible. If you believe the "Youtube gods" in the miraculous and now final quality of the EVF, you are a fool in the words of the immortal lyrics, which were written by Johnny Mercer

Certainly true that the hype is all about the advantages of an EVF, and people seldom talk about the disadvantages. Lots of people don't actually get on with them very well, and in fact owing to a medical condition, I can't physically use most of them without feeling very ill. The Canon ones work for me, so do Nikon Z ones. The rest? No.

Add to it some "little annoyances". For example, the lens cap of the RF mount fits in only one position. In a worst case twist it by close to 360 degree! We have had this blunder with Nikon 1 mount several years back already: Turn and twist the lens cap, and twist, and twist some more till it finally fits. Pity that the motif which you wanted to shoot is gone meanwhile, while you have with the lens cap . The EF lens cap fits almost instantly. One can change the lens in a shortest of time. The "modern" RF is a step back, it is a drag.I think that some other users reported also how miserably soft are the edges of the RP EVF. It is really miserable. I guess Canon had to cut some corners to achieve this price point of the body. I would completely forgiven them the soft edges, if they would manage the luminance of the EVF to match the ambient light. But they do not. In a sun light I can barely see anything in this thing.

The rear lens cap, you mean? Seems fairly well marked to minimise this problem.

Add to it the fatal decision to use the tiny LP-E17 battery, drained to zero in no time. Carry 3-4 batteries with you to survive the day. Really? The LP-E6 is only approx. 35g heavier, wow! The LP-E17 is barricaded by an encrypted chip and priced at $50 (!!!), a value of maybe $6 by comparable AAA best of the breed batteries with a similar weight, voltage and a mAh capacity.

I've been using LP-E17s for some years now on EOS M cameras. Yes, they don't hold a lot of charge.  However,  they do allow for a fairly significant reduction in size.

Add to it that at the moment no one interprets the RP CR3 files. We have use the horrible Canon software for the time being. Not even the DNG converter can do it.

Horrible? DPP? It's free, and it does the best job of all with Canon RAW files, always has.

And the transition from EF to RF is will cost you THOUSANDS. I know, the allure of the novelty is big, but you better wait for the "V2.0". Keep the DSLR, and keep shooting! To paraphrase Joe Edelman: Your best shot is the next shot.

If you don't need or want to change, don't change. The DSLR is going nowhere imminently.
Thing is, every camera choice is a compromise, both for the designer and the purchaser. It's all about accepting what is the right compromise for you, and yes, one or two things might well not be what you ideally want, but unless they're dealbreakers, then you might just have to live with them.

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