Umpteen trips to Kabini all these years however this time it was a different experience! Welcoming a new member to my family, Canon EOS R5, I was keen to test it out and write a review or share my experience.
Dashing to Kabini, driving through wet weather, unseasonal rains as usual, I must confess, this trip was one of my most gratifying. Right from the start, weather was not at its best. It was raining in Bangalore and all through the journey, it drizzled and just when I was getting ready for my first game drive, heavens opened!
Oh goodness - I thought, this was the last thing I wanted but in Kabini you can never guess what will happen next. All through my game drives for the next few days, weather would play around that opened up much more challenging conditions. Luck favoured with a total sightings of 9 Tigers and 6 Leopards besides Sloth Bear, Monitor Lizard, Fresh Water Otters, Purple Heron and Rock Python.
I have given a detailed review in my blog on R5 however out here, I have posted some of the images I made along with EXIF Details to get an idea of how R5 performed - 45MP, Continuous Animal Eye Tracking feature, Image stabilisation and whole lot of features– It’s nothing short of a Magic Potion! In a typical kabini set-up where it set tones for a probable Sighting either early in the morning or quite late in the evening – more or less, you need something extra or a formula for not missing out any opportunities. During this visit, for me, most of the opportunities or chances that the woods threw at me was either before 7:30am that too under heavy overcast or after 530pm whereDarkness would threaten to take over every possible space in the woods. To me, R5 literally came across as a class set-apart and it challenged every hurdle comfortably. Even in the utmost situations and extreme low-light conditions (Say 6pm or 615pm or during misty mornings ), AF was pure magic, Eye-Tracking was at its best ( Except for smaller subjects in pockets) and stabilisation was amazing.
The only thing that got me disappointed was the battery life! This is one that literally made me go nuts. For every 3rd game drive, I had to recharge. I do hope, Canon will look into this to make some amends in their firmware to up its performance! Overall, R5, you will fall in love with this beast ! And I have already!
Please take a look at some of the work from his trip - I have provided EXIF details for better understanding. Hope you like it.