Transitioning to Canon Full Frame Mirrorless | Canon EOS R Underwater Photos

By David Fleetham

Ambassador David Fleetham managed to get out for some kayak diving off the coast of Hawaii with the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless camera.

 

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

David heads out for a dive on his kayak with the Canon EOS R system in the storage compartment. Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

 

The features of the EOS R include a 30.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, Dual Pixel AF with 5655 selectable AF points, 45UHD video at up to 29.97fps, and a reasonable battery life of 450 shots using Power Saving mode. The EOS R has good low light performance with an ability to function at light levels as low as -6EV. Several controls and menu functions can be customized to your specific shooting style.

 

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 100mm Macro • ISO 320 • f/16 • 1/160 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

 

Overall David found that the autofocus wasn't exactly as fast as his Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, but the photos are still super sharp and colorful. Image review in the electronic viewfinder (EVF) takes some getting used to but can be incredibly useful, especially in bright daylight conditions. 

 

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 100mm Macro • ISO 320 • f/16 • 1/160 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 100mm Macro • ISO 320 • f/16 • 1/160 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 100mm Macro • ISO 320 • f/16 • 1/160 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 100mm Macro • ISO 320 • f/16 • 1/160 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 100mm Macro • ISO 320 • f/25 • 1/160 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 100mm Macro • ISO 320 • f/16 • 1/160 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye at 15mm • ISO 320 • f/13 • 1/50 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye at 15mm • ISO 320 • f/11 • 1/80 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye at 15mm • ISO 320 • f/13 • 1/80 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye at 15mm • ISO 320 • f/9 • 1/40 • Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

Canon EOS R Underwater Ikelite Housing Copyright David Fleetham

The whole system including strobes fits easily in the storage compartment of the single kayak. Photo © 2020 David Fleetham

   

These photos were taken using Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Macro with Canon EF-EOS R Mount Adapter.

David shoots with dual DS161 strobes, a DL5 DS Link Canon TTL Converter, and the 200DL Underwater Housing for Canon EOS R # 71760 with Compact 8" Dome Port for wide angle and DL Flat Port for macro.

 

 

David Fleetham ProfileAmbassador David Fleetham left his hometown of Vancouver, Canada, for Maui in 1986 and never looked back. He earned his USCG Captain's license while working in various dive charter businesses, shooting, and submitting his photos to magazines and businesses. One of the most prolific underwater photographers of his time, David now has galleries and agents in over 50 countries that reproduce his images thousands of times each year. Read more...

   

 

Additional Reading

Over-Unders with the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera

Why You Need a Fisheye Lens Underwater

First Look Canon EOS Rebel SL3 250D Underwater Housing

David Fleetham's Tips on Housing Assembly & Maintenance

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