It's time to say a found farewell and goodbye to all of my cameras and lenses. I guess like in life, relationships sometimes come to a natural end and you have to move on as you fall out of love.
Actually all of the above is complete rubbish, the Canon camera bodies and lenses that I have are all still amazing and I love them all. However, I am still selling everything and here is the reason why,
A few years ago now, Canon launched the EOS R, their first step into the mirrorless camera world. Along with the new camera body, came a new mount for lenses. The RF which replaced the EF mount. In the years since this launch, Canon have released more and more RF mount lenses, they have also launched more camera bodies and it is very clear the their long term strategy is to pursue the mirrorless road map. I don't think it will be long until we see a crop sensor mirrorless body being released and in turn their old DSLR range of bodies will eventually disappear as will the production of EF mount lenses.
I purchased an EOS R last year and whilst it does not have a resolution capabilities of my 5DSR or 2 card slots, I have found myself using it more and more. For low light and astro it is superb and I have to say, even though the electronic view finder is not the best, I love being able to see everything in front of my eye and know that I am composing an image correctly, Yes I know that you can do this in live view on a dslr but there is just something about this new work flow that floats my boat.
I have bitten the bullet today and ordered a new Canon R5 mirrorless body. I am also going to replace my lenses over the coming weeks with a 15-35mm f2.8, 70-200mm f4 and when funds allow I will also get the 100-500 f4.5-7.1. It is quite an investment I am making but in my mind it is one that is worth making and will future proof my photography for years to come. Having looked at the canon road map for future lens release, I also know that it is a system that I can continue to invest in.
So why now, especially when in the past, I have written blogs on the R5 and said that it wasn't for me, what's changed, In all honesty, nothing has apart from my growing fondness of mirrorless cameras and that there is a weight saving which now that I am travelling again is also important. However, the biggest reason is the value that is still held in my current kit. You see, over time as more and more people move to mirrorless, the desmans for EF glass will only get lower and the bodies resale value will fall still further as technology advances. Since Canon announced that they were discontinuing the 5DSR, second hand prices have actually risen. It would therefore seem to be very logical that now is the time to press the for sale button. We also know that each year, the prices rise due to inflation. As such, if I wait any longer, the investment that I will have to make will only get larger. It becomes a much more simple decision to make, if you think about it sensibly.
If you are wondering what I am selling then the list is as follows:-
Canon 5d Mk 111
Canon 16-35mm f2.8 version iii L lens
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 version 1 L lens
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 version ii L lens
Canon 70-200mm f4 non IS L lens
Canon 400mm prime f5.6 L lens
Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 L lens
Sigma 12-24mm f4-5.6 Lens
If you are interested in any of this kit then drop me a line.