Canon EOS 5Ds R performance from the point of view of a wedding photographer (and impressive recovery examples)

Canon EOS 5Ds R Performance From The Point Of View Of A Wedding Photographer (and Impressive Recovery Examples)

All pictures © Chris Giles and used with permission

Wedding photographer and Canon Watch reader Chris Giles posted an exhaustive and entirely real world review of the Canon EOS 5Ds R.

The review is particularly interesting to those who want to know how Canon’s 50MP DSLR performs at the end of the day. The EOS 5Ds R is the one with removed anti-aliasing filter. You won’t find lab scores in Chris’ review, but some very useful examples about shadow recovering and the (amazing) degree it can be pushed to. Have a look:

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You can recover a LOT from 5Ds R files

There are more examples where Chris shows that you can produce a clean and good looking photo by recovering up to 4 stops in Lightroom.

Comparing the EOS 5Ds R to the EOS 5D Mark III (operation wise):

All the 5D3 issues are gone, the card write speeds are massively improved, (you can format a 128gb SD card instantly vs 3-4 seconds on the 5D3) and there is no difference in card buffer write speed either using dual or single cards

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EOS 5Ds R set to ISO 12800 – Straight out of camera with no noise reduction

Chris was also positively impressed by the EOS 5Ds R’s dynamic range. He found it much improved, and from his point of view, the 5Ds R features Canon’s best sensor ever, colours are great as always but these are good straight out of the camera. Talking about dynamic range, I would like to quote Chris once more:

[…] people are screaming for dynamic range, not that they need it, it’s just the in thing right now. We have super huge megapixel sensors, great user interfaces on the cameras so there’s few gaps left to be filled…. so in comes dynamic range. Often over-looked is that at around ISO 400-800 dynamic range falls off across all sensors […]
This is the result of a +4 stops recovery in Lightroom! Go see the original pic...

This is the result of a +4 stops recovery in Lightroom! Go see the original pic…

Chris makes 8.7GB of sample pics available for download and for your pixel peeping pleasure. Please note that a donation is requested to get the download link. The 191 raw files are made up of ISO ranges up to 12800 from the following cameras: Canon 5DSr, 5D3, 1DX, A7ii and the Pentax 645z. Also included is a selection of  images underexposed on purpose by 4 stops, so you can try on your own how much you can recover.

If you are on the fence for Canon’s new megapixel monsters, then I recommend to have a look at Chris’ review. This is especially true if you happen to be a professional photographer meditating over the next tool to buy to get the job done, or done better. Some Canon lenses and how they do on the EOS 5Ds R are also discussed

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[via Chris Giles Photography]

Interview with Canon’s Masaya Maeda (4k heat challenges, 4k mirrorless camera, more)

Interview With Canon’s Masaya Maeda (4k Heat Challenges, 4k Mirrorless Camera, More)

HD Video Pro posted an interview with Mr. Masaya Maeda, Canon’s Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations. The interview was taken at NAB 2015.

Some excerpts:

HDVP: Why has Canon been slow in transitioning to 4K for your DSLRs?
Maeda: Because we’re slow (laughing). There are power consumption challenges, as well as heat issues, that we need to solve, so we’re investigating what we can do right now. The DSLR camera will have to be compact in size because, if it becomes larger, it turns into a C300.

HDVP: The mirrorless M-series is no longer available in the U.S., correct?
Maeda: When you look at the Canon sales companies, whether it’s in the U.S. or Europe, they have the right to choose which products they want to carry.
HDVP: So it’s a Canon USA decision?
Maeda: From a Canon Inc. perspective, we would like them to sell everything, but there are still a few stubborn people (laughing).

HDVP: We’ve seen the success of the Sony a7S and Samsung NX1 mirrorless cameras. Do you think there’s a market for a Canon mirrorless 4K camera that doesn’t fit in the Cinema EOS line?
Maeda: I think that’s a promising product, but we don’t like to imitate others, so I think it would be a slightly different product if we release something like that.

The interview has a pleasant tone and is fun to read. Mr. Maeda makes a lot of jokes, and in general seems to take everything with humor. However, he isn’t revealing too much of Canon’s future plans.


The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II will have more resolution and more FPS than its predecessor [CW3]

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Will Have More Resolution And More FPS Than Its Predecessor [CW3]

A new EOS-1D X Mark II rumor surfaces every month, with surprising regularity. Unfortunately, there is nothing exciting or really new coming with the latest 1DX2 rumor. And differentiating wishful thinking from real bits of info is becoming the tough part.

The latest tidbit about the EOS-1D X suggests a 24MP sensor (not a new rumor). Previously, an 18MP sensor was rumored. The other bit says the EOS-1D X Mark II will shoot “faster than 12fps”. Now consider that the EOS-1D X shoots up to 12 fps (14 fps in Super High Speed Mode), and you won’t really be surprised to hear that the 1DX2 will be faster.

Concluding, we have two bits of information: the EOS-1D X Mark II will have a higher resolution than it predecessor, and it will shoot more frames per second than its predecessor. All Canon EOS-1D X Mark II rumors.

Canon EOS-1D X price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA. EOS-1D X specs:

  • 18.1 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 51200, Extended to ISO 204800
  • 12 fps RAW+JPEG Shooting, 14 fps in JPEG
  • 100k-Pixel RGB Metering Sensor & EOS iSA
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, Dual CF Card Slots
  • 1000BASE-TX Gigabit Ethernet Terminal
[via CR]

Canon EOS 5Ds image quality seen through print performance

Canon EOS 5Ds Image Quality Seen Through Print Performance

A definitely interesting and pretty technical article about the Canon EOS 5Ds by Luminous Landscape. The 5Ds performance from the point of view of how much the 50MP matter when it comes to print performance. Comparison with the EOS 1Ds Mark III is discussed.

The article is not easy to sum up. It comes with sample pics, pixel peeping, and more in-depth analysis Giving it a try with a quote:

[…] the 5Ds images are notably superior in resolution, but when it comes to making prints there is an important consideration. Not one of the half dozen non photographers I showed the prints to mentioned detail in the images. When asked for differences, most popular was spotting the slightly different view, next up was that the brickwork was ‘a bit redder’ in one print.

That’s not the whole story. Head over to LL for the article.

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