The new Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are reviewed to see how well they suite for wildlife photography. Note that in the 5DSR image the subject is much bigger than the other two cameras. So take a look at the video to see how well the Canon 5Ds & 5Ds R suit for wildlife photography. Cropped from 50mp to 4.2mp. On the back of the 5DSR, there is a full set of controls, as you would expect with a high end body. The new options for White Balance are pretty effective and can save a bit of editing time. Cropped from 22mp to 1.8mp. The Q-button screen can be reconfigured so that you have only the settings you use the most, available. Both of the 5DMIV and the 5DSR offer these. Buffer clearing from full is a little faster on the CF card. Image downsized to 800 x 533 pixels from 22 megapixels. Canon 5D Mark IV is not only good for photography but also good for capturing videos. No strange error-messages, or lock-ups. While not as rugged or fast as the 1-Series camera, the 5D IV is still a great performer. I find iso settings up to 800 are usually clean enough to print without me having to do any noise reduction at all in processing. Sorry if I echo the earlier question by DaveT (above) but it has been some time since he posted it and a bit of time you had the 5DSR and I also see in your blog that you list the 5DMIV (and not the 5DSR) in your gear and I am wondering given that the two are roughly the same price at present which one I should go for. Click for larger view. A 50 Mp camera has about twice the resolution of a 12.2 Mp camera, but perception of the improvement will generally be less than the specifications suggest due to resolution limitations of the lenses, available light, camera settings, camera vibrations, etc. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Cropped from 50mp to 1.2mp. Whilst I have not used the 5DSR for long enough to really see how reliable it is, and durable, my experience with owning three of the similarly-built 5D Mark 3 bodies might give good indications. Sometimes, with a fast-moving subject, I use a modestly wider focal length than ideal to ensure that I don't cut off any important parts of the subject, relying on cropping for the final composition. Just like with the 5D Mark 3 and 1DX, I use three of the different AF groupings quite regularly for my own shooting, with the 5DSR. There is no equivalent for having the right focal length for your shot. The announcement of the Canon EOS 5DS was the moment that thousands of Canon users had been waiting for. Cropped from 50mp to 11mp to 800pixels long edge. Grant. Focal length 200mm. Hence my dilemma. Image downsized to 800 x 533 pixels from 18 megapixels. The 5DSR has good initial response, so when you press the shutter, it fires its first shot quickly, about the same as the 5D Mark 3. For example, if you previously used 1/500sec, you could now try using 1/1000sec or faster.“. If your work relies on having the most detail and resolution possible, such as with product, macro, or general studio work, the 5DS R is the obvious choice, since its low pass filter cancellation effect guarantees the maximum resolution. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. This time the review is aimed to wildlife photography. Act Fast: B&H has a Used Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens for Only $10,397.95 (a $2,600.00 Savings)! Many thanks and I really enjoy your website, Hi Clive Though not as popular now, the cameras stole headlines in 2015 when they were first … In addition, the ability of a full frame camera to throw the background out of focus is of great value for wildlife photography, giving the photographer an edge in this highly competitive field. Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 1DX at iso 12800. Differences between the images produced by these bodies should be more pronounced at wide apertures provided the lenses are sharpest there (eg, see: “Different Sized Pixels in the Same Sized Sensor” at Clarkvision). Cropped to 15 megapixels then downsized to 800 pixels long side for web. Pixel-level comparison with the 7D Mark 2 reveals sharper details, a little less luminance noise, and better micro contrast. Click to view larger. Shutter speed 1/1600sec at f7.1, iso 640. In my view, the shooting information you’ve posted, especially things like warning the prospective buyer about the effect of subject movement relative to smaller pixels, are the most valuable part of your post. I re-read it and was startled by the suggestion that the Canon 5DS … I hope that something there helps? The 5DS and 5DS R are Canon’s high megapixel flagship cameras and have been for some time. Compared to your current bodies, the horizontal resolution of the 6D is 5472 pixels (the same as your 7Dmk2) whereas the 5DMk4 is 6720 pixels wide, and the 5DSR is 8688 pixels, so the ability to print larger is significant. Learn … I find the yellows and others a bit artificial (not to offend any that have the 7d mk2 but just my opinion). Designed to satisfy the discriminating needs of … However, could the 5Ds be good for wildlife photography? Even advanced photographers may find it tricky to set the Canon 5D … In this instance the extra points give me a little more leeway in case my selected point drifts off the birds face. Downsized to 800 pixels high. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Cropped to 45 mp then downsized to 800pixels long edge. 5DSR and EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Image downsized to 800 x 533 pixels from 18 megapixels. A sliding lock switch sits beneath. Cropped from 18mp to 1.2mp. These images were shot indoors but in natural light. Downsized to 800 pixels high. Downsized to 800 pixels high. Canon 5DSR and EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. On the 5DSR, it is identical again to the 5D Mark 3, at 125ms. But, I do take precautions and I keep them covered as much as possible. Click to view larger. AF is still fast with this 5 point option, and I find it a good balance of accuracy and speed. Nature and wildlife photographers are a critical and demanding group when it comes their images. I am confident in the accuracy of the outermost ring of AF points when my subjects are static or slow-moving, like this elephant. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Scarlet-chested sunbird, Mara, Kenya. For that reason, a camera's low light performance matters for wildlife photography and I strongly-favor full frame imaging sensors for their low light performance. There is also a kind of guilty pleasure to tripping the quiet shutter and enjoying the satisfaction that you just banked an image at 50 megapixels resolution. Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 1DX at iso 800. This camera is quite good at staying dust free, with only the occasional dust spot showing up on the autofocus screen above the mirror after prolonged use in the field. Perhaps they might be useful for those who shoot jpg output. I use my Epson p800 so, in some ways, the “largest” is somewhat academic (the largest size that printer can do is 17x 22) unless I turn to a service but that is certainly an option, as is purchasing a larger size printer eventually. Raw images all converted in Adobe Camera Raw (equivalent to Lightroom CC). Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Downsized from 50mp to 800pixels long edge. Really enjoyed reading it and found it and the subsequent comments extremely helpful. While the 5D Mark IV's full frame imaging sensor does not reach the 5Ds R's resolution, 30.4 megapixels is still a big number and the only other landscape-relevant 5Ds … Thanks for the feedback. Click for larger view, Canon EOS 5DSR iso 12800, image with Canon EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Tawny Eagle, Mara, Kenya. Image downsized to 800 x 533 pixels from 22 megapixels. Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 1DX at iso 1600. Some argue that the human eye cannot discern these differences. It shares its dimensions with the 5D Mark 3, at 152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4mm. Focal length is 560mm at f8. When everything works out and the perfect animal is in front of you, you want a camera that is exceedingly good at capturing the moment. However, the 5DSR has far more options when it comes to assigning settings to the 10 different controls or buttons, accessible via the Custom Controls menu screen. The 5DS with its long side count of 8688 pixels at 300 dpi gives a print size of 28.96 inches. The new 50.6MP Canon 5Ds & 5Ds R full frame DSLR cameras will be in stock and shipping on June 5th. The flash mount is standard with built-up surrounds to help channel away water and protect the contacts. Just as important, the image taken at 400mm shows an almost tangible difference in the subjects separation. I can probably live with the 5 fps and accept that I will miss a few in between shots that the 7d mk2 would have given. The 5DSR sells for a little more than the 5D Mark 3 but provides far greater resolution, (50mp), shared autofocus and still manages to shoot at 5 fps. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. However, if you upsize a 1DX Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3 image to the size of a 5DS/R image, the sharpness and image quality usually would not be as good as an image not resized, like the 5DSR. On the right side of the screen, from the top are a combination switch for engaging Live View and video, the dedicated AF multi-controller joystick, the Q-button for quick access to almost every setting, and then the large Quick Command Dial, with the Set button within. Canon 5DS Review (Wildlife Photography) Posted on September 16, 2020 September 19, 2020 by ryandorling. I come from 20+ years of shooting from back in the days of Fuji Velvia and love the look it gave of a well exposed subject in that warm light. For sure you can easily modify the colours of a 5DS jpeg using the Canon Picture Style menu, there are several preset options and any of them also allow individual characteristics like Saturation and Contrast to be boosted to personal taste. Cropped to 33 megapixels then downsized to 800 pixels long side for web. Three of these buttons have a double function, depending on whether they are combined with the front control dial or the rear command dial. I also wanted to see how I, as a wildlife photographer, could benefit from the new camera. Cropped from 22mp to 1.2mp. "I'm probably a little bit weird when it comes to wildlife photography in that I like restrictions and I'm quite slow to accept new ideas. The 1D X Mark II's AF system drives very fast and accurate focusing with a large array of focus points to use for tracking the subject. The 5DSR has a strengthened magnesium alloy chassis, with the area around the tripod mount benefitting from increased rigidity compared to the 5D Mark 3. The 5D Mark 3 is a great all-rounder, with some key features being good image quality, resolution (22mp), great autofocus, medium speed at 6 fps and more. Click to view larger. Now I quite like the colours from the 1Dx and the 5dmk3 extracted in Lightroom but the 7Dmk2 doesn’t quite do it for me. I know that quite a few landscape photographers use this camera for its high-resolution images and I have heard of other wildlife shooters adopting it as well, particularly where they have concentrated on wildlife portraits as opposed to action shots. Click to view larger. Cropped to 2.2 megapixels then downsized to 800 pixels long side for web. Into the wild: Jonathan and Angela Scott reveal the best Canon kit for pro-level wildlife photography This candid portrait of a lioness yawning exemplifies the intimacy and image quality that master wildlife photographers … I, like you (I guess), prefer full frame sensors to maximise image quality especially to blow the backrounds out and get the impact of a sharp subject against a non distracting backround eg. However, if you have a use and a need for the high resolution advantage of the 5DSR, then just get it and enjoy it. Shutter speed 1/2500sec at f7.1, iso 500, minus 0.33 exp comp. Downsized from 1324 to 800 pixels wide. Click for larger view, Canon EOS 1DX iso 1600, image with Canon EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. I very, very rarely end up with dust spots on any of my 5D sensors, and I believe that the flourine coating on the sensor filter stack does a good job, as does the self-cleaning action that is carried out at shut-down. Cropped to 33 megapixels then downsized to 800 pixels long side for web. There are times when that resolution advantage can come in very useful, specially when I might be looking to crop a vertical frame from an original horizontal image, perhaps for a magazine print. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Canon 5DSR and EF 500L f4 IS ii. These 1:1 or 100 percent view crops give an idea of image quality at pixel level of the three cameras. Cropped from 22mp to 1.8mp. … For example, a 50 MP full frame image can be cropped down to an APS-C angle of view with a 20 MP image remaining. That means a fast frame rate is useful for capturing the perfect moment of action and it also means a top-notch AF system is essential. Downsized from 50mp to 800pixels long edge. The 7D Mark II has a very fast 10 fps burst rate coupled with a very good AF system and a high resolution imaging sensor providing reach. Cheetah, Mara, Kenya. “…more than twice the resolution” Errr, no. Shutter speed 1/500sec at f6.3, iso 800. Full-frame alone may be a primary reason some photographers would consider stepping-up to the EOS 6D Mark II camera. In this instance you can see that my composition has dictated that I use the very outermost point to stay focused on the elephant, which was walking slowly. At those iso settings and above the 1DX was usually a bit better than both of the 5D bodies. I rarely use a tripod, I try to stay away from noise reduction software, I have pretty solid hands and reasonable handholding technique. Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 5DSR at iso 800. Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 1DX at iso 400. The crop was chosen to show both high-detail, high contrast areas around the subject, as well as dark areas and low contrast background. As has been the trend with most Canon dslr bodies, aside from the 1-series, the 5DSR has a quiet shutter sound. It can also work when the subject is moving slowly and predictably. Whilst a statement like this might have some validity when it comes to cropping, it can also be misleading. Canon 5DSR and EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. The 5DSR is a medium-sized dslr, in its standard form. It includes scanned film, and medium and large format image quality for comparison. These print sizes are calculated at 300 dpi (dots per inch), which many folk feel is maximal for quality. Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 1DX at iso 200. Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 5Dmk3 at iso 200. Perhaps, it’s better to wait and see what happens and then review the situation down the road. But would the colours of the 5DS be as good SOOC as the 6D , which was very high saturation and contrast (6D) , would they give a similar looking Jpeg photo? A sharpening amount of 50 was applied to the high contrast edges of the image only, with the background masked from the sharpening by means of the Detail panel. Cropped from 18mp to 1.2mp. Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR. Check out my 5Ds R sample image gallery if you need more convincing. Click for larger view, Canon EOS 5Dmk3 iso 6400, image with Canon EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. 5DSR and EF 500L f4 IS ii. The Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R duo debuted way back in June 2015. Shutter speed 1/800sec at f5.6, iso 1600. When it comes to photographing high-speed subject matter, like cheetah and antelope at pace, or fast-flying birds, I find that I get a higher keeper rate of really sharp images from cameras like the 5D Mark 3 or 1DX, compared to the 5DSR. Canon Europe have this on their website: “As the resolution of cameras increases, and pixel sizes decrease, you may find that there is a need to use faster shutter speeds. Some images are cropped for comparison and to allow finer inspection of image quality. Viewfinder blackout is that period when the mirror swings up between frames and momentarily blocks the scene from reaching the viewfinder. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Despite the increased rigidity and strength of the base of the camera, Canon have managed to shed 20g in weight compared to the 5D Mark 3. The screen is made of tough, impact resistant glass and cleans up easily. West Coast Imaging has a megapixel to image quality chart that is a practical guideline for Bob’s question above. Cropped from 18mp to 1.5mp. And, I usually get a very adequate set from each encounter. This is an excellent camera choice for wildlife photography. Shutter speed 1/500sec at f4.0, iso 1600. Of course maybe there is next a 5DSR Mark II that has high resolution and better dynamic range. High Resolution, Great Technology, Superb Overall Camera Choice. Much more impressive is this camera's image quality including a much higher resolution full frame sensor (more "reach") and a great dynamic range. I realize there are a lot of variables that would go into an answer to this question but if you are able to shed light on the relative max sizes of the prints from these cameras, it would be very interesting and helpful. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. Whilst these are by far the smallest pixels that Canon has used in a 35mm full-frame sensor design, the APS-C crop-sensor cameras have long been using small pixel pitches. Limiting cropping when shooting at high iso settings also strongly improves what the 5DSR can capture. There is a clearly visible difference in the structure of the background, and the quality of the blur. FE 400mm f/2.8 & Others Also Available. There is a fair amount of information surrounding the 5dSR online that could be misleading. Pressing it directly during metering allows me to see directly in the viewfinder which Drive mode I am in, and whether I am in Ai Servo or One Shot focus mode. With the grip in place, the body is almost identical in size to the pro bodies like the 1DX. The 5DSR can also make use of its superior 150K pixel metering system, to aid with tracking when using the AF system with more than one AF point, and has an advantage over the 5D Mark 3 in this, which has less sophisticated metering. Canon’s top professional DSLR, introduced in 2016, is arguably the best DSLR for wildlife photography, taking into account its speed and the lens options in the Canon … Click for larger view, Cropped EOS 1DX at iso 3200. I have posted a series of test images taken with the 5DSR, side by side with the 5D Mark 3 and 1DX, using the same lens, settings and African wild dog furry toy subject. So, why choose the 5Ds R for wildlife photography? How much of a difference in keeper rate is a bit hard to measure, as there are so many variables. Deal Zone: Sirui Travel Tripod Kit, Peak Design Everyday Backpacks, NiSi, Vello EZ-Flip Gel Set, More! Of course, such a cropped image won’t match up to a properly-framed, vertically composed shot with no cropping, but as a nature photographer I don’t always do things perfectly in the field. White-chinned Petrel, Cape Point, South Africa. However, the full frame image quality of the 5DSR is very similar to the 5D Mark 3 and 1DX when it comes to colour rendition. Click to view larger. It focus fast and accurately, and it does it again and again, especially with static or slow-moving subjects. The camera is not only quieter, but has its mirror mechanism re-engineered using cams instead of springs, which reduces shock coming from the mirror when shooting. For the me two cameras where the original 5D and the 1D Mark 3. Cropped from 22mp to 1.8mp. Image downsized to 800 x 533 pixels from 50 megapixels. As far as medium-sized dslr bodies go, it is quite chunky in terms of bulk. Exposure compensation whilst in Manual mode, and with Auto-Iso engaged. I have a prolem with the autofocus when I would like to make a photography of bird in fly. For small or distant subjects, cropping depth is similar to a 7D Mark 2. High Resolution, Great Technology, Superb Overall Camera Choice. Downsized to 800 pixels high. Downsized to 800 pixels high. Image with EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii. I for one will be sorry when that happens. A source of confusion to many deal Zone: Sirui Travel tripod Kit, Peak design Everyday Backpacks,,... 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