Vladimir found the vehicle tracking on the Canon EOS R3
to be so fast and reliable that he kept it activated for most of the shoot – although he did also find time to test out the camera's Eye Control AF
function. "It takes just 10 to 15 seconds to calibrate for your eye," he says. "Then, when you move your eyeball, the camera follows the focus. Again, it was very impressive."
In fact, the large electronic viewfinder on the EOS R3
was one of the standout highlights for Vladimir. "The colour transmission and the detail you can see in the viewfinder are very impressive. It was a bit like looking at a home cinema. The screen is massive. I usually use an eyecup with my EOS-1D X Mark III
so that I don't get irritated by side lighting. But as the Canon EOS R3
's EVF is pretty deep and quite protected from stray light, I didn't need one on this shoot. I also didn't notice any lag when shooting the fast-moving car, so it was literally easy on the eye."
So, was Vladimir happy with the shots he managed to commit to memory card? Before he arrived at the location, he says, he had two shots in mind: "one that captured all of the dust and the mud while the car is coming through a corner, and another that showed the car with the landscape of the mine in the background, both of which we achieved. Many other shots were beautiful as well, so I was more than satisfied with the Canon EOS R3
's performance at the end of the day."