Photographer Oat Vaiyaboon recently posted a video of two different Canon EOS R mirrorless cameras freezing up after the same steps were performed on each. While this may sound trivial it is clearly something you would not want happening in the middle of a shoot that will need to be addressed with a firmware update sometime in the future.
The issue appears to be lens specific at this time. The Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8mm lens creates the freezing scenario as soon as it is switched from autofocus to manual focus with the switch on the side of the lens.
Vaiyaboon took the time to document the bug in a quick YouTube video. The clip clearly shows the camera working perfectly for a few shots with autofocus on, then immediately after switching the focus to manual the camera takes one last picture and freezes. The camera is actually so locked up it requires the battery to be removed to restart the device. To avoid the case that it may have been a bad body or lens the exact issue is repeated on a second camera and lens.
Unfortunately, as cameras become less analog and more computerized I have a feeling we may be seeing more and more of this. Computers freeze up. Cell phones freeze up. And now apparently, so do brand new mirrorless cameras. Have you ever encountered a glitch like this with your camera?
Thanks to Vaiyaboon for reaching out to Fstoppers with the news after frustratingly discovering the bug himself while shooting.
Lead photo used with permission by Oat Vaiyaboon.