Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Andres McNeill shoots commercial work, portraits and sports, but he's passionate about street photography, using dramatic architecture as a backdrop. He has fond memories of trying out a friend's old Canon DSLR and loving the way it looked and felt in his hands. "The Canon EOS 400D was my first camera and went with me everywhere as I learnt how to take photos," he shares. "I loved the Canon EOS M50 for the even smaller form factor, great autofocus and fantastic video quality."
Andres switched to the Canon EOS R System when he wanted to turn pro. His full-frame Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6 immediately allowed him to focus on lighting and composition. "Being able to track subjects' eyes and faces from across a street is a game changer, as it enables me to concentrate on other aspects of my shots," he says. "Having reliable autofocus and high burst shooting speeds is also a no-brainer when working with pro athletes."
Both cameras deliver 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) – extending up to 8-stops with compatible lenses – and this enables Andres to work in poorly lit spaces without a tripod. "Being able to shoot slower shutter speeds handheld for street photography is incredible," he says.
Andres has a mix of RF and EF lenses, but has slowly been switching fully to RF. "I love the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens' small form factor as it's perfect for street photography, and the fast f/1.8 aperture is great for low-light scenarios as I like shooting at dusk or night," he explains. "The other lens I use is the Canon RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM which is a great all-round lens. It’s super handy being able to go wide with 24mm all the way to 105mm, especially in street photography as it’s good to take a wide shot and then zoom in to the same scene and capture a different look." Andres also uses the Canon RF 100mm F2.8L MACRO IS USM which he says is incredibly sharp. "It's my go-to lens for product photography and professional work that requires a lot of detail," he adds.
But Andres says his workhorse lens is the Canon RF 24-70MM F2.8L IS USM. "I use this for events, weddings and street photography," he says. "Having the 24-70mm focal range with a fast f/2.8 aperture is the ultimate combination."