Commercial, landscape and large-format print photographers who already shoot with Canon cameras just got a new body. Nearly taking a full leap into the medium format market, Canon released two new bodies, the 5DS and 5DSR, boasting over 50 megapixels of astounding resolution. To accompany the new bodies, an ultra-sharp wide angle lens is also new to the lineup. Let’s take a look.
The Canon EOS 5DS looks and feels exactly like the 5D Mark III. Why? It has the exact same body and control layout as it’s younger brother. What you aren’t getting in new looks, you are getting stuffed inside. Both new cameras pack a full-frame, 50.5 megapixel CMOS sensor manufactured by Canon Camera. You have the same 61 points of AF, 5 frames per second shooting and everything else found in the 5D3, pretty much. As I mentioned, landscape and commercial photographers who produce large prints and billboards will appreciate every bit of the new 50.5MP sensor. Until now, Canon hasn’t offered a body that medium format photographers could use with their bevy of lenses and accessories. These two are the cure.
You can pre-order the 5DS today at B&H for $3,699 here.
So, why two new bodies that look identical save that little red R? The Canon EOS 5DSR is exactly the same as the 5DS, but the R adds a Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation. This will help bring more detail and sharpness into the images coming out of the 5DSR. It seems to me that Canon should have just released the 5DSR and called it a day. Watching the video above, Rudy from Canon talks about how although the R brings in more detail with the Low-Pass Filer Effect Cancellation, it may or may not introduce moire patterns or false colors. I’m still asking myself why. Let’s not forget a single file from either of the new bodies will produce a 286 mega-bite file in 16-bit mode. Make sure you have a serious PC setup to handle them.
You can pre-order the 5DSR today at B&H for $3,899 here.
Whether or not you need 50+ megapixels, the 11-24mm f/4 L USM lens from Canon has been a long time coming. Until now, the popular 16-35mm f/2.8 lens has been the go to for landscape photographers for years. This lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximizes image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion. Having owned both the 15mm Fisheye and 14mm Wide, it will be interesting to see how well the new 11-24 handles distortion in reality. Just thinking about all those night time starry nights at 11mm is delicious. This lens is going in my bag for sure.
You can pre-order the 11-24mm f/4 L USM lens today at B&H for $2,999.
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