The Canon 5D Mark III has been one of our favorite cameras for photography, so with the new Canon EOS R camera, the first full frame mirrorless camera for Canon out, we had to do a Canon EOS R vs. 5D Mark III photography comparison to see how the two stacked up.

The subject of our test was one of our favorite Film Jams models, Mel Marie, who worked with us on our Profoto Beauty Dish vs. Octobox review, which you can see below.

Canon EOS R vs. 5D Mark III Photography Comparison

We started off our comparison at the beach with Mel to see how the cameras performed during sunset and night. We then took photos in our studio where we had more control over the lighting and location to dig deeper into a pixel to pixel comparison of the Canon EOS R and 5D mkIII cameras. Both cameras performed pretty similarly once we got the photos into the editing suite. The biggest difference were less about the picture quality, and more about autofocus abilities, and ergonomics of the cameras. Of course it comes down to personal preference, but for us the EOS R has some very interesting new features like the touch bar and control ring that make it fun to use, but at the same time a little unfamiliar, and a bit slower for us when shooting.

Model Mel Marie at Gandy Beach, FL shot on the Canon EOS R

For lighting at the beach, we used a Profoto B1X Strobe light equipped with a 2×3’ Profoto Softbox. In the studio, we also added an additional Profoto D2 500 strobe, some Christmas lights, and a fog machine to create bokeh and interesting texture. We used three different lenses: a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L lens, a Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II lens, and a Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens – three of our favorite portrait lenses, but primarily we stayed on the 85mm.

Mel Marie poses with Christmas lights and fog, shot on the Canon 5D Mark III

Overall, it took us some getting used to the controls and features of the EOS R, but the more we shot with it, the more natural it felt. It does feel great in the hand, and with the RF mount, it looks like the start of a great new line of photography cameras from Canon. We still prefer the Canon 5D Mark III camera for its more familiar user interface, and dual media card slots for photography, but the EOS R makes a great companion camera.

What do you think about our Canon EOS R vs. 5D Mark III photography comparison? Let us know, and thanks for watching!

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Gear used in this video:
-Canon EOS R:
-Canon 5D Mark iii:
-Sony SD UHS-II Card (Use these for best performance!):
-Canon 50mm Lens:
-Canon 85mm Lens:
-Canon 135mm Lens:
-Canon Control Ring Adapter:
-Profoto B1X:
-Profoto 2×3’ Softbox:

Other equipment we use to film:

-Canon C100 – (for main interview)
-Sony A7III – (for BTS video)

-Canon 24-105mm – (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – (product shots & CUs)

-Sachtler –

-Sennheiser MKE600 –
-Sennheiser 416 –

-Litepanel Astra 6x –
-Kino Flo Diva LED –

-Profoto Beauty Dish –
-Profoto D2 500 Strobe Kit –
-Canon 5D mkIII –
-Profoto Air Remote –

Music by Jeffrey J Byron:

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments. Thanks for watching Canon EOS R VS. 5D Mark iii: Photography Camera Review, in our Film Jams series!

Filmed on location at: in St. Petersburg, FL and at Gandy Beach.

Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program

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