New to Canon EOS R, seeking advice on gear

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JerryriggedTECH Senior Member • Posts: 1,079
Re: New to Canon EOS R, seeking advice on gear

canonfan1 wrote:

I have recently decided to take the plunge and invest in some Canon EOS R gear. Currently, I don't have any, thus will be starting with a blank slate. I have done a lot of reading over the years and while a fan, have not previously owned any Canon gear. Apologies in advance if any of my questions reek of ignorance. I hope to learn as much as I can from the experts on this forum!

I am a serious hobby photographer but do not do this for a living. There are mainly four genres I am interesting in shooting: (1) people/portraits/family, (2) my dog, (3) food, (4) nature landscapes. I hope to take or at least eventually take professional-leve quality photographs in all 4 genres. If it matters, for context, I am also considering going down the social media path.

Originally, I was thinking of going with this combination: RP body, RF 85mm f/2. I believe this provides good value for money.

After reading and watching a whole bunch of reviews, I am toying with the idea of getting one or some of these: R6 body, RF 24-70mm F2.8, RF 70-200mm F2.8, RF 85mm 1.2.

Reasons for considering R6 body: Saw a few reviews mentioning poor AF on RP. Lack of IBIS and weather-sealing on RP though not sure how important these are.

Reason for considering RF 85mm 1.2: creamier bokeh than f/2, biggest downside to me is longer focusing distance which might make food photograph more challenging in a restaurant setting?

Reason for considering RF 24-70mm: could pair well with a 85mm prime?

Reason for considering 70-200mm: could get this instead of a 85mm prime?

Given my needs and thought process, what body/lens combination(s) would you folks here recommend? If you have any insights on some of the thoughts I have above, that will be very helpful too. Thank you everyone!

R6 with the RF 24-70 would be an awesome starter kit if you could swing it cost-wise. While the 24-70 is seldom the BEST lens for any one thing, it is VERY GOOD at a whole bunch of things. My 24-70 is certainly not my favorite lens, but if I lost everything tomorrow, it would be the first one I replaced! I shoot more with that lens than with any other (weddings, events, portraits). That along with a 85mm f/2 would even cover very good quality portraiture.

My first full frame camera was the original 6D. It was slow, and only had 9 autofocus points, and it was only 20 megapixel (like the R6). I did weddings and got excellent results with the 6D for ~4 years!

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EOS R (x2), 5D4
EF-S 10-18 IS STM
EF Zooms: 16-35 f/4L, 24-70 f/2.8L II, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II,
EF/RF Primes: 35mm f/1.4L II, RF 50 f/1.2L, 85mm f/1.4L IS, 100mm f/2.8L Macro

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Canon EOS R Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM +5 more
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