Canon's 50 megapixel monster arrived at my doorstep just over a week ago. Being a landscape photographer I was concerned about the dynamic range of the sensor. I gathered my things and headed out to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to test the camera out.
My first experiment was to test the sharpness and resolution. It's no disputing that this camera is insanely sharp. It's really hard to explain but the best way I can think of is that the images seem 3D like. Everything pops with well defined edges and detail. It's also crazy how much I can crop and still end up with a 30 megapixel image. Examples are shown below.
My second test, and for me the most important, was the dynamic range test. I have to say I was presently surprised by the results. So much so I started researching other reviews to see if they were getting similar results. They confirmed my findings. The dynamic range is pretty darn good on the 5Ds r. See for yourself. The image below was exposed for the highlights. I made the raw image, imported to light room, and then exported a jpeg for this write up.
As you can see it's pretty dark. In lightroom I went through my normal editing process. For this image I opened the shadows, raised the exposure, and used a graduated filter to darken the sky because it was pretty bright after the aforementioned edits. I made some color adjustments, local exposure adjustments, local contrast adjustments, etc. The image below is the final result.
I'm not going to win any awards for this photograph but as you can see I was able to pull out a lot of information from just one image. Again heading back to the web reading other reviews I found photographers were getting similar results with the 5Ds r and on par with Nikons D810 dynamic range. I was really shocked and very happy with these results!
My last test was to shoot some wildlife and experiment with cropping. Again I was blown away with the detail of this camera. While this is not marketed as a wildlife camera, it will get plenty of use from me in that department. I know of a fox den and set up my camera to capture some images. My longest lens is 400mm so I setup as close as I reasonably could. Below is the full 50 megapixel image edited and exported in jpeg format via lightroom CC.
The composition isn't bad but I wanted to get closer. I cropped the image to my liking and came up with this image.
A subtle yet better composition in my opinion. I didn't worry about the megapixel count while cropping. I did the adjustments then checked to see where I was resolution wise. Come to find out I was just under 29 megapixels!
Before I edited the fox photograph I zoomed in to 100% and exported the image. This is a raw photo straight out of the camera exported as a jepeg via lightroom cc.
Overall I am very pleased and excited with the Canon 5Ds r! Some video features and high iso are lacking therefore it's not for everyone. Other features like built in interval and bulb timers are welcome. The build quality is top notch and as far as I can tell the exterior is identical to the 5DIII. I am pleasantly surprised by the performance of the camera specifically the sensor. This camera works flawlessly with Canon's recently updated lens lineup, (in my opinion the best glass you can buy, besides some zeiss glass). The images above were made with the 16-35mm f4 and the 100-400mm II.
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