The technology behind the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R – Interview with developers

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Canon Asia posted an interview with the deveolpment team behind the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R. An excerpt:

Question:What was the reason for not changing the AF sensor? Was it because the performance of the system on the EOS 5D Mark III was good enough?

Answer: Yes, you are right. The EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS 5DS series share exactly the same principles of forming an image on the focal plane. It can handle any number of pixels as long as the level of accuracy is maintained. The existing AF sensor is perfectly fine since it has a sufficiently high level of detection performance.

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Question: What changes were made to the existing firmware following the upgrade of the pixel count to about 50 megapixels?

Answer: The huge amount of data has a significant impact on the firmware. In order to ensure speedy and smooth data processing under such conditions, advanced and complex processes are needed, such as parallel processing while switching between the memory spaces. As there is limited space in the built-in memory of the camera, it is important to consider how this space can be utilised most effectively.

Read the interview at Canon Asia.

Mirror Vibration Control System (image credit: Canon) – a) Down Cam Gear, b) Up Cam Gear, c) Mirror-driving Motor, d) Sub Mirror Bound Suppression Mechanism, e) Main Mirror f) Down Spring, g) Down Cam Gear, h) Up Cam Gear, i) Main Mirror Balancer, j) Mirror-driving Motor

Want to have a look at the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R features? The user manuals for the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R can be downloaded at Canon Europe. Canon’s new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are available for pre-order:

Aquatica announce A5Dsr housing for Canon EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R and EOS 5D Mk III

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Aquatica announced a new housing compatible with the new Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R. and with the EOS 5D Mark III. The Aquatica A5Dsr housing will sell for $ 3,399.

Press release:

Aquatica housing for the Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr & 5D Mk III is being introduced!

The Aquatica Team is proud to introduce to you the new Aquatica A5Dsr housing for the upcoming Canon 5Ds, 5Dsr and the existing 5D Mk III. Scheduled for shipping around July 1st.

THE DESIGN

Our Design team has refreshed the housing design for the 5D line of cameras with new improved operational ergonomics. This precision housing follows in the steps of a very time proven lineage of underwater camera housings for the constantly evolving 5D camera line up. Aquatica has been on top of the 5D program since they introduced the original one a decade ago, much like the 5D camera did, our housing has evolved into a fine imaging tool that mirrors the constant evolution of technology and the input of highly respected professional’s image makers from around the world.

IKELITE TTL OPTION & EXPOSURE CONTROL

Now offering original internal TTL circuitry from Ikelite as an option, this 5Dsr housing edition brings creativity to a new level, strobe exposure control is right there, were it is supposed to be, you can now tweak your lighting exposure or even go fully manual right at your fingertips. Controlling the amount of light entering your camera is paramount to the success of any image maker, and the A5Dsr housing controls for aperture, shutter, ISO and strobe exposures are all a “hands on the grips” approach. Every one of these is positioned to be intuitive, eliminating confusion and making the housing a natural extension of the photographer.

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In2white is a 365-Gigapixel Panorama of Mont Blanc, shot with a Canon EOS 70D

Italian photographer Filippo Blengini contacted us to share an amazing project he led and contributed to realise. In2white, the project’s name, produced the largest panoramic photo ever made.

The team led by Filippo Blengini spent 2 weeks on 3.500 meters (around 11.500 ft) to shot 70,000 photos of the Mont Blanc (Europe’s highest mountain), for a total of 35 hours (most of the time at -10 degree Celsius). The 365 gigapixel, high resolution photo can be viewed (and zoomed in) here. Can you spot the climbers?

The project was realised in 2014. The team then spent around 2 months for post-processing the 46 terabytes of footage they have shot. You may wonder what gear they used: a Canon EOS 70D, a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS, and a Canon Extender 2X III.

Filippo and his team mates describe the concept:

How to celebrate Her Majesty the Mont Blanc? We just wished to represent it as it shows to our eyes : major beauty, astonishing magnitude, pure elation.

We were brave, crazy and ambitious enough to think about a gigapanoramic picture, to seize every single detail of the mountain. We are Filippo and Alessandra, passionate of mountain, beauty and photography: here’s our concept, our tribute to the Mont Blanc.

But we were not alone in this challenge: we built a Team of dreamers and passionates from all over the World, that shared with enthusiasm our same vision and embraced our project.

Below you can watch a short video about the making of the 365-Gigapixel panorama photo.

[via Filippo Blengini via In2white]

From the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R, all the differences

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Canon DLC article about the differences between the EOS 5D Mark III and Canon’s new, 50MP EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R. This is for all those that are thinking about switching from the EOS 5D Mark III to the EOS 5DS/5DS R.

Current EOS 5D Mark III shooters, who may be considering moving to the new high-resolution EOS 5DS (or the EOS 5DS R, which removes the effect of low-pass filtration), may wonder if anything changed on these new cameras because the new models look practically identical to the proven Mark III camera. Rest assured, there are some new rewards waiting to greet 5D Mark III owners who step up to the new cameras.

The article covers what changes most for EOS 5D Mark III users who are switching to the EOS 5DS/5DS R. Read the article at CDLC –>

Want to have a look at the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R features? The user manuals for the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R can be downloaded at Canon Europe. Canon’s new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are available for pre-order:

More about the EOS 5DS and 5DS R after the break.

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