R5, R6, R3? Horses for courses.

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R5, R6, R3? Horses for courses.

A few months ago, I bought an R5.  It wasn’t really the camera I wanted, but it had become clear to me that Canon wasn’t going to be releasing a 7D3 anytime soon, if at all, and I wasn’t impressed with the 90D for shooting Birds in Flight.  My 7D2 was getting old and tired and I had become eager for better focusing capability.  A few months earlier I had traded my 6D2 for an RP and was impressed with the RP for my non wildlife photography.  The R5 has the resolution to compete with the 7D2, especially when I add the 1.4 extender to my 100-400 Mk2, and focus, detail and high ISO performance are all a big step up from the 7D2.  As a bonus, the R5 is better for my other needs than the RP is.  However, the downside of the R5 for me has been viewfinder lag when tracking birds in flight.  I would much rather be tracking flying birds through an OVF than the R5's EVF.  That said, when I do get a focus lock on a bird in flight and succeed in tracking it, the camera is outstanding.
For my preferences, I would prefer a full frame camera with the R5's performance and a great 30 mp sensor for all my non bird photography, coupled with an R7 crop frame with similar specs, but a very high performance EVF that could lock on focus instantlyand track with virtually no lag.

Clearly, Canon won’t give me the exact cameras I want, but they have given me a pair of insanely good cameras to choose from in the R5 and R6.  And it looks like the R3 will provide a third great option.  Of the three, the R5 is best for my needs, though I can see the R6 as a great second body for things like grandkids, landscape, street, flowers and macro where I do very little cropping.  And, although the R3 will probably be an insanely great camera, as a retired ex catalog photographer who shoots for my own enjoyment now, it is more camera than I need.  But if an R7 comes out with a fast EVF before I get an R6, I’ll probably jump on it and use the R5 for everything but the birds.  And with that combo, each could be a good backup for the other.  But there is no R3 or R1 in my personal roadmap, though I know they will be great cameras for a lot of people.

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