Canon R5 (Sump) Scores in the Right Hands! « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Canon R5 (Sump) Scores in the Right Hands!

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Well, there were a zillion Royal Tern chicks of all ages out on the beach on the first afternoon of the JAX IPT. But classic wind against sun conditions — clear skies with a 15 knot wind from the southeast — made photography just about impossible. With an east wind scheduled for this morning, we are looking forward to several hours of outstanding shooting.

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Brian Sump created this image on July 3 in Denver, Colorado with the handheld Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, the Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, and the highly-touted Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital Camera body. ISO 1250. Exposure determined by test exposure & histogram and blinkies evaluation: 1/3200 sec. at f/10. AWB at about 7:00am on a sunny afternoon.

Face Detection plus Tracking AI Servo AF performed perfectly.

Image #1: Spotted Sandpiper in breeding plumage on mullein
Image courtesy of and copyright 2021: Brian Sump Photography.

Spotty on a Stick!

I came across this wonderful image in the Avian Gallery on BPN. You can see what others thought of this image by clicking here where Brian wrote, I was blessed to view a couple Spotted Sandpipers near their breeding area (nest) when this one popped up on a Mullein stalk to peer over the reeds, unannounced. It was quite a neat interaction as they traditionally stick to the ground near the water.

Interesting to Note

It is interesting to note that Brian does not hesitate to raise the ISO for a bit of extra depth-of-field (as in Image #1) or for a bit of extra shutter speed (as in Image #2).

Brian Sump created this image on June 2 with the hand held Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM lens (at 324mm) and the highly touted 45MP Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital camera body. ISO 1600. Exposure determined via test image and blinkies evaluation: 1/5000 sec. at f/7.1 (wide open) in Manual (M) mode. AWB at abut 4pm on a sunny afternoon.

Face Detection plus Tracking AI Servo AF performed perfectly (as detailed in the R5 e-Guide) was active at the moment of exposure and performed perfectly.

Image courtesy of and copyright 2021: Brian Sump Photography
Image #2: Least Tern banking in flight

Winner, Winner

As above, I came across this wonderful image in the Avian Gallery on BPN. I love the pose and that the bird seems to be glowing, lit from below by light reflected off the white sand beach. This image was cropped from a vertical original; with the R5’s stunning 45MP CR.3 raw files, image quality is maintained. You can see what others though of this image by clicking here. In his post, Brian wrote:

A Least Tern in Colorado?? ….. not very often.

This one was actually taken in Mexico. My wife and I rented a Jeep and drove to the east shoreline on Cozumel. As we cruised down the coast to the south, I noticed a flock of smaller white terns. She was gracious enough to let me pull over and shoot for a bit. I believe there was a colony there so I stood on the shoulder of the road and watched them take off, bank at the horizon, and return to their nests. It was super-fun for me as I don’t get to shoot beach birds very often.

Hope you enjoy.


Huge thanks to Sump Scores for allowing me to share his images with you here today, and for using Bedfords and the BIRDSASART discount code to purchase his R5 and his (new) 100-500 RF.

Cover Image courtesy of and Copyright 2021 Brian Sump (Sump scores!)

The BIRDS AS ART Canon EOS R5 Camera User’s e-Guide

The BIRDS AS ART Canon EOS R5 Camera User’s e-Guide: $75.00

The guide is 82 pages long: 21,458 words. More than 50 DPP 4 Autofocus-depicting screen captures. And a 31 minute 44 second educational video. This guide took three and a half months of hard work and a ton of help from at least seventeen very helpful and generous folks.

The guide covers — in great detail — all Menu Items that are relevant to bird, nature, and wildlife photography. It does not cover video. The section on AF methods and the AF Gallery has been expanded from the R5/R6 AF e-guide. It remains the one of the great strengths of this guide. I share my thoughts on what I am sure is the single best AF Method for photographing birds in flight. As most of you know, the guide includes a simple and easy way to change AF Methods that was introduced to me by Geoff Newhouse. In the AF Gallery you will see exactly how Face Detection plus Tracking AF works. In the Educational R5 Gallery video, I share my favorite R5 images along with dozens of bird photography tips and techniques.

In addition, I teach you how to get the best exposures with your R5. Detailed instructions on using the great In-camera HDR and Multiple Exposure features will be appreciated by creative folks who like to have fun. The three shutter modes are explained in detail as well. Bruce Dudek solved the can’t-get-to-Auto ISO problem that had stumped everyone at Canon. This information is of course shared in the guide. You will learn how to set up your EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) and Screen toggle options. Not to mention that the mysterious performance of the Q Button is revealed and simplified. Brian Sump’s images reveal how well you can do when using the R5 with EF lenses using one of the three Canon EF-EOS R Mount Adapters (as Donna did with Image #1 below). You will learn how I use Customize Dials to put either ISO or EC on the Thumb Dial and how to set up and save Custom Shooting Modes (C1-C3) that can remember both your Customize Dial and Customize Button settings! That is something that none of the SONY bodies do. 🙁 Near the end of the guide I share my all-important MY MENU items with you.

Like all BAA educational materials, the R5 guide is written in my informal, easy-to-follow style. I am quite proud of this guide and look forward to hearing your thoughts on our hard work.

You can purchase your copy of the BIRDS AS ART Canon EOS R5 Camera User’s e-Guide for $75.00 here in the BAA Online Store or by calling Jim in the office weekday afternoons at 863-692-0906 with your credit card in hand.


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6 comments to Canon R5 (Sump) Scores in the Right Hands!

  • avatar Jim Bodkin

    I just bought the Canon R6 (still waiting for delivery) and would like your thoughts on how similar all the setup and buttons are to the R5 guide? Do you plan a similar guide for the R6?

    From the exterior there are different controls/locations, but are the functions/menus the same?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Jim,

      The AF systems are identical and there are only small, insignificant differences in the menus. The R5 guide is perfect for R6 users. If you used on of my affiliate links for your purchase, you are entitled to a discount.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Jeff Walters

    Impressive, superb, really special. I have to get out soon as I miss the action and fun of observing the birds as they flourish in nature. (Let’s hope) Brian and Artie Thanks for sharing.

  • Congrats to Brian on these fine images. The tern looks 3d, couldn’t take my eyes off it.

  • avatar Mike Cristina

    Remember when we used to evaluate a scene, choose the most important aspect of the scene, and adjust the exposure compensation according to our knowledge and experience? Artie taught us well.

  • avatar Pat Fishburne

    I enjoyed Brian’s images, particularly the spotted sandpiper which I had never seen in breeding plumage.

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