Canon 5DS R Gallery: Man, oh man, the megapixels!


posted Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 2:06 PM EDT


Canon, not content with watching folks needing higher resolution images jump ship to Nikon's 36.3MP D810, came back swinging with their 50.6MP full-frame 5DS and 5DS R cameras earlier this year. Just now arriving on store shelves, we've finally managed to get our hands on final production versions of both models after spending time with a few pre-production and beta samples.

Over the recent July 4th holiday weekend I was able to spend some quality time with our Canon 5DS R and a handful of sharp, L-series lenses courtesy of Canon, including one piece of glass I had never shot with before: a 400mm f/2.8L IS II. A heavy lens with a shockingly-thin depth of field mounted to an ultra-high-res camera is quite challenging as the high-resolution sensor makes nailing focus (and keeping the shutter speed quick) all the more critical. But when you nail, you nail it, and the 5DS R makes for stunning, highly detailed photographs. 

I'll dive into the specifics of my shooting experience with the 5DS R -- and I still have more shooting to do -- in my upcoming Canon 5DS R Field Test, but I simply couldn't wait without sharing a selection of real-world gallery images using this impressive camera. Below are a few re-sized images along with some detailed 100% crops. Of course, for a full array of full-resolution real-world images, including corresponding RAW files, head over to the Canon 5DS R Gallery Page.

Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II: f/7.1, 1/1000s, ISO 400, -0.3EV (Monopod)
100% Crop

One thing to note is that I shot a mixture of full-resolution, 50MP (8688 x 5792) as well as made use of the 5DS R's new built-in crop mode feature for some 1.6x files on a number of wildlife and other telephoto shots. While the out-of-camera JPEGs using the camera's crop mode are lower resolution (still a healthy 19.6MP 5424 x 3616 file), if you're shooting RAW+JPEG, you still get the full-resolution 50MP RAW file, which you then "un-crop" or adjust the crop framing in post-production. ...Cool!

So, take a look at the selection real world gallery photos from the Canon 5DS R and be sure to stay tuned for my Canon 5DS R Field Test.

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II: 70mm, f/4, 1/1250s, ISO 250
100% Crop
Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II: f/4.5, 1/1600s, ISO 400 (Handheld)
100% Crop
100% Crop

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II: 24mm, f/2.8, 1/1000s, ISO 100, +0.7EV 
100% Crop

Canon 5DS R Gallery Images

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