Enter the EOS R – aka Catffeinated Cat Cafe’ in Tacoma

Canon is catching up to competition with their latest full frame mirrorless lenses. Sony has been in the number one spot for some time, and even though their cameras produce wonderful results, I don’t enjoy using them. Sony’s GM lenses are quite nice, but the rest of their lens lineup is nothing special. Canon on the other hand, has been releasing some very interesting lenses. Their 28-70mm f/2 (no other manufacturer has anything like it), their f/1.2 primes, and their compact 70-200mm f/2.8 lens all appeal to me. So, I decided to sell my Sony a7R III and Zeiss Loxia lenses.

I’ve only had the EOS R for a day or two now, and one thing is for certain, the 28-70mm f/2 is HEAVY! ‘m used to shooting with 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses, 70-200mm lenses, and also f/1.4 primes, but this 28-70mm f/2 was actually causing my wrist to hurt after some initial tests! That being said, once you are out photographing the action, it seems manageable. Although, I was only shooting for about 45 minutes. Still, the idea of having prime lens like quality in a zoom is awesome! I’ll just have to build up my f/2 zoom muscles.

What’s the best way to test a new camera and lens? Take photos of cats of course! So, we headed to a new cat cafe’ in Tacoma called Catffeinated. We had to make a reservation for our family, pay an entry fee, and then we got to play with cats for about an hour. Catffeinated’s mission is to find homes for the cats and bring in new cats weekly. Afterwards, we stopped by Legendary Doughnuts for an afternoon snack.

Every shot here was taken at f/2 and edited in Capture One. As a matter of fact, I forgot that other apertures even existed while shooting since the results at f/2 were so impressie. See for yourself!

While the EOS R isn’t the highest resolution camera I’ve ever used, it feels like the 28-70mm f/2 will be able to support higher resolution cameras in the future. My plan will be to upgrade to the EOS R5 when it is released, but with the current supply chain concerns over the Coronavirus, it might be a year or more. In the meantime, I’m getting some great results with the EOS R.

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