Canon's Mission: Bringing Unimaginable Imaging Possibilities to Life

It's a camera you can believe in and trust. The EOS is a true companion as you battle in this new era.

Takayuki Maekawa
Photographer

I locked eyes with a black bear far in the distance. It was an experience possible only with this camera.

Maekawa: I locked eyes with a black bear. In the same instant, the camera's autofocus (AF) also focused on the bear's eyes without any hesitation. It was as if the AF function could read my mind. It's incredible the camera is able to recognize animals to that degree.

Tokura: The EOS R5 and R6 are able to detect not only the eyes and faces of dogs, cats, and birds but also their entire bodies. It seems the recognition conditions matched for your bear as well.

Maekawa: To be honest, I was fairly skeptical at first about how the Animal Eye AF would perform. But when I tried the function out in the field, I was blown away by just how often it correctly focused not only on the eyes of a bear but also on the eyes of Japanese serow or Japanese macaques.

Tokura: Detecting animal eyes and heads is harder than you would think. To improve the accuracy of the AF technology for example, the camera must be trained using a tremendous amount of actual photo data. There's a funny story about one of our developers went around to cat cafés to collect data. He became so enamored with cats, he decided to get one for himself.

The camera has undoubtedly changed the way I shoot. That's because I can rely on it to take care of the exposure and the focus.

Photo: Takayuki Maekawa
[Equipment]Camera: EOS R5, Lens: RF800mm F11 IS STM

Maekawa: Mastering the camera's AF requires a certain amount of artisan-like skill. But with the R5, I can leave the focusing to the camera when it is dark or when there is a branch or something in front of the animal. This lets me concentrate my mind on the composition or on those instantaneous photo opportunities. It has undoubtedly changed the way I shoot.

Tokura: For the R5 and R6, we refined the overall AF performance to a very high level. This includes the speed and accuracy at which the camera focuses on the desired subject, as well as its tracking ability once the focus has locked on a subject.

My goal is to take pictures of wildlife in its natural state. The camera's image stabilization performance responds to my objectives.

Maekawa: I mostly use telephoto lenses when photographing wildlife. This means the slightest movement while holding the camera shows up as camera shake and makes the picture look blurred. The new image stabilization function built into the R5 is a real help.

Tokura: Canon previously provided optimal image stabilization in the lens, but we decided to incorporate a stabilization mechanism in the camera body as well and control the two mechanisms in tandem. This twin approach results in more accurate and effective negation of camera shake.

This has renewed the joy of lens selection for me.

EOS R5

Tokura: We also added the RF600mm F11 IS STM and RF800mm F11 IS STM super-telephoto lenses to the lineup.

Maekawa: Once I started shooting for real, I found the lenses truly easy to use and the imaging quality excellent. Wildlife photography takes me deep into mountains and forests, so lightweight, compact super-telephoto lenses are super handy. It helps that my large stock of SLR EF lenses can be used with the R5 via an adapter.

Tokura: Selecting the right lens is one of the great joys of interchangeable lens cameras. We are continuing to develop a wide variety of RF lenses that take advantage of the characteristics of the R series mirrorless cameras, so be sure to stay tuned.