Unveiled: Canon's New 50.6MP 5DS & 5DS R DSLRs and 11-24mm L-Series Lens

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Almost three years since the release of Canon’s last full-frame cameras, the company has decided to make a huge splash with the release of the 50.6-megapixel EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R DSLRs, the sole difference between the two models being the low-pass filter effect cancellation of the 5DS R. The incredibly high-resolution, full-frame sensors on these two cameras bring detail and color rendition, once only available with medium format systems, to the realm of EF-mount DSLRs. Also, the cameras utilize Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors in order to quickly process the large amounts of data created by the sensor and to enable a variety of enhanced features. Alongside these cameras is another incredible release, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens, an ultra-wide angle L-series zoom lens designed to deliver the utmost in image quality.

EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R DSLR Cameras

With a 50.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, the 5DS and 5DS R have just become the highest-resolution full-frame DSLR cameras on the market. Designed with the still photographer in mind, these cameras will deliver the absolute best in image quality with a variety of built-in features for photographers to take control of all aspects of their shooting. Where they differ is the 5DS R’s low-pass filter (LPF) effect cancellation that allows photographers to squeeze every last bit of resolution from the sensor. The only downside of this is the greater potential for moiré and other color artifacts. Otherwise, the EF-mount 5DS and 5DS R share the same features, including Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for handling the vast amounts of information produced during image capture and an ISO range of 100-6400, which can be expanded to 50 or 12800.



 

To make the most of this resolution, extra precautions have been added to these cameras to ensure shooters will not have any issues. Most notably, this is seen in the introduction of an advanced mirror control mechanism and a user-selectable shutter-release delay that will dramatically limit the chances of camera shake affecting your images. The base plate and tripod socket have also been fortified to reduce vibrations and ensure a secure attachment to support systems.

While many shoots may not require the highest resolutions, the added versatility of the extra pixels cannot be understated. The 5DS series features 1.3x (30MP) and 1.6x (20MP) crop modes that allow photographers to effectively “zoom” into the scene while still producing high-resolution imagery. The selected crop will also show up in the optical viewfinder for more reliable composition of your images. M-RAW and S-RAW settings are supported for shooting images at 28MP and 12.4MP, respectively. Other features added to this model include a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for advanced control over long exposure and interval shooting.

Ensuring not just high resolution, but accurate exposures and focusing, the 5DS and 5DS R feature the EOS Scene Detection System with a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor, as well as a 61-point High Density Reticular AF system, which includes 41-cross-type points. This system is extremely advanced, with Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (EOS iTR) which scans the scene and determines which autofocus points to use as a subject moves around the frame. Also, anti-flicker technology recognizes flickering light sources and compensates for reliable exposure and color during periods of shooting. And, this camera can maintain a continuous shooting rate of 5 fps, which is fast, considering the size of the 50.6-megapixel files.



 

Two options are available for composing and reviewing images, including the optical Intelligent Viewfinder II with approximately 100% coverage and a 3.2" ClearView II LCD monitor. The screen offers a wide 170° viewing angle, 1,040k-dot VGA resolution, reflection resistance through the use of a multi-coating, and high-transparency materials for bright, clear images. These models also have a customizable Quick Control Screen that lets you access frequently changed settings more easily.

While primarily a stills camera, the 5DS and 5DS R have not forgotten about video, with the inclusion of full HD 1920 x 1080p recording at up to 30 fps. A Time Lapse Movie function has been added, which takes stills at set intervals and automatically combines them into a full HD movie file. The cameras also have a mini HDMI-out port for external monitors; nonetheless, the output is not suitable for external recording.  A microphone jack for audio recording is available, but the camera is not equipped with a headphone jack.



 

Saving all of these high-resolution images and movie files requires fast cards and excellent connectivity. These cameras have dual card slots, one CF and one SD, much like the previous 5D Mark III. Additionally, they implement USB 3.0 support for extremely fast image transfer from the camera to the computer. This will be most important for studio photographers who prefer to shoot tethered, ensuring little to no delay between taking the photograph and seeing it on the computer screen.

Available as a body only, the EOS 5DS DSLR Camera and EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera are welcome additions to the full-frame EOS camera line and are sure to please many photographers seeking the ultimate in image resolution.

EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens

Ultra-wide-angle lenses have seen a renaissance of sorts with numerous manufacturers updating and adding to their line. Just last year, Canon released a new 16-35mm lens and is now introducing the even wider EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens. The full-frame L-series lens has an impressive starting focal length of 11mm that will allow users to capture a seriously wide field of view. Also, the constant f/4 aperture guarantees consistent performance and light transmission throughout the zoom range.



With such a dramatic angle of view, this lens will be very desirable for landscape and architectural photographers, and as such is designed to withstand the elements with a high resistance to dust and water. Also, the front and rear lens surfaces have a fluorine coating, which reduces the amount of smearing and fingerprints that can affect image quality.

The optical design is, of course, the key component of any lens, and this one delivers with a variety of the latest and greatest technologies. It incorporates both a Super UD and a UD element to reduce chromatic aberrations, along with four aspheric elements to minimize distortion throughout the zoom range, something incredibly difficult and important at these focal lengths. Additionally, the 11-24mm features both a SubWavelength Coating (SWC) and an Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that will greatly reduce flare and ghosting.



 

For general handling and operation, the lens has an internal focusing system with a ring ultrasonic motor (USM) as well as a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms that provide fast, accurate, and quiet autofocusing. Manual focus is available at all times through the physical focusing ring and it has a minimum focusing distance of 11", allowing photographers to work in cramped spaces without issue. Its circular nine-blade aperture diaphragm helps to create soft, pleasing out-of-focus highlights.

Of note is the physical design of the lens, which has a bulbous front element and a built-in lens hood. This hood reduces the chance of flaring from external light sources and offers a degree of protection against accidental impact. Also, the lens accepts rear-insert type filters since the front cannot accept standard threaded filters and it comes with a dedicated front lens cap and a storage case.

EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R DSLR Cameras
Lens Mount Canon EF
Image Sensor 35mm Full-Frame CMOS Sensor (36 x 24mm)
Effective Pixels 50.6 MP
Total Pixels 53.0 MP
Maximum Resolution 50MP: 8688 x 5792
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG
Storage Media CF card (UDMA)
SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
Card Slot 1 x CF
1 x SD
Viewfinder Type Eye-level pentaprism
Frame Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.71x
Eyepoint 21mm
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1 m-1
Shutter Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with electronic control
Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 sec
Drive Modes Single, high-speed continuous, low-speed continuous, silent single shooting, silent continuous shooting, self timer
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 5 fps
Self-Timer 10 sec., 2 sec.
Exposure Metering System EOS iSA System with 252-zone (18 x 14) metering
Metering Sensor 150,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor
Metering Modes Evaluative (315-zone), Partial metering, Spot, Center-weighted average
Metering Range 0 to 20 EV
Exposure Modes Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, Bulb, C1, C2, C3
Exposure Compensation ±5 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments
Exposure Bracketing ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity 100-6400 (Expanded: 50-12800)
Autofocus System High-Density Reticular AF (TTL secondary image registration, phase detection with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor)
Number of Focus Points 61 points with 41 cross-type
Focus Modes One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual
Autofocus Sensitivity -2 to 18 EV
Built-In Flash N/A
Flash Control E-TTL / E-TTL II
Flash Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments
External Flash Interface Hot shoe, PC terminal
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy / Twilight / Sunset, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, K
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080: 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p (ALL-I or IPB)
1280 x 720: 59.94p, 50p (ALL-I or IPB)
640 x 480: 29.97p, 25p (IPB)
File Format MOV
Compression MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 with variable bit rate (ALL-I or IPB)
Audio Recording Yes, via built-in stereo microphone
Audio File Format Linear PCM
External Microphone Input 1 x 3.5mm port
Headphone Jack N/A
Maximum Recording Time 29 min., 59 sec.
Monitor 3.2" TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor Viewing Angle 170° vertical / 170° horizontal
Interface 1 x USB 3.0
1 x mini-HDMI
1 x Canon 3-pin connector
Wi-Fi With optional WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter (Version 2)
GPS With optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver
Power Source 1 x LP-E6 / LP-E6N rechargeable Li-ion battery pack
Optional ACK-E6 AC Adapter Kit
Battery Life 660-700 shots with viewfinder
210-220 shots with Live View
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 85% or less
Dimensions 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0" / 152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Weight 32.8 oz / 930 g
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Lens Mount Canon EF
Maximum Aperture f/4
Minimum Aperture Not specified by manufacturer
Angle of View 126°05' to 84°
Autofocus Ultrasonic Motor (USM)
Minimum Focusing Distance 11" / 28 cm
Image Stabilization N/A
Lens Construction 16 elements / 11 groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, rounded
Filter Size Rear insert-type
Dimensions 4.3 x 5.2" / 108 x 132mm
Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg

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   Been waiting a few years for this one.

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Canon is pandering to the clueless. The megapixel war should have the aim of selling to the uninformed masses in the consumer market. Canon 5D buyers aren’t studio photographers. We shoot on-location.  We don’t need more megapixels. Our clients can print as large as they want with the 22.3MP resolution of the 5D Mk III. Most pro 5D shooters I know shoot at the medium raw format already since their closets are already full of hard drives.

Hey Canon. Your largest group of 5D buyers would prefer you give us sensors with better low-light capabilities. Cramming 50.6 itsy bitsy photosites into a full frame sensor is going the wrong direction. Please develop for your established professional customers. We don’t need to print for billboards. We need cameras that can see better when the lights go down, and better, faster focusing.

Stop letting your marketing department rule your engineers. Yes, 50.6MP vs. 22.3 is easy math for clueless, non-professional photography salesmen. Let them use that higher-number-must-be-better math on uninformed point-and-shoot consumers. Don’t insult your true 5D client base with this reasoning. We know better. All my colleagues where hyped when they heard the rumored name “5DS” because they thought the “S” stood for sensitivity. What a shocking letdown all of us had to read the truth.

A pro low-light camera will come out that caters to us. (You know who we’re alluding to.) You’ve just made it much easier for us to sell all our L lenses and jump ship as soon as that low-light camera hits the market. I just dropped my keyboard. Now I’ll walk away.

Amen brother. I second that.

They are trying to keep up with the Nikon high MP camera, and yes I do agree with the previous comment above.

If you want low light, get a 1dx

Calm down, the 5D Mk IV will come out also in the fall for "location low light" shooters like you.  For us landscape / fine art photographers this is a great addition to the Canon line.

... and if you thought Ds meant "sensitivity" you cannot have been around the Canon world very long.  The 1Ds was a previous model that introduced very high resolution at the time (11MP, 2002).

I’ve been around the Canon world since the days of film. I’ve owned every version of 5D. My small production company currently owns 8 5D Mk III bodies and many more L lenses. Since the 1D has moved up the alphabet, the “S” is open game for the marketing department to use it in whichever way they choose.

 Well said Brock. It's a shame Canon's marketing department decided to use the "S" for stupid, to highlight their escalation of the megapixel war. 

You are right Brock. I am mostly a studio Photographer but when I go out on location or try shooting with the Modelling lights of my Broncolors, I wish the 5 would perform better in low light. I also agree many clients ask for "smaller" files than  the straight CR2 from the camera or the Tiffs from Lightroom. But as I used to shoot with Sinar, Nikon and Rolleifllexes 2006 bodies and those great Schneider lenses, I miss that little "spark" I was used to see on my film. More pixels are great if you have them and want to use them, like an insurance, it is better having them and not need them, than needing them and not have them... I like bigger files for my personal work but I will not use them for clients, they will complain, I'm sure! But for Landscape and portrait, specially to use Nick Collection and so,  I think the results will  be staggering, despite Canon L lenses that are not L for Luxury but L for "Little more heavier and expensive" but not really great. If you decide to sell I would be first on your waiting list, I can't afford to change all my gear back to Nikon, as I did in 2002 when Canon was years ahead of Nikon and my clients pushed me to buy Digital and I had to choose the 1DS Mark II and all the canon gear... I have it on a shelve ... All those $ 7.999 USD are standing right in front of me remembering how easy digital moves forward and cheaper but not necesarily better... Cheers.

Agreed, the 5D4 is the replacment for the 3, in the Canon lineup the S has always been Studio, but in this case looks like it may be Sensitivity, since some of you are getting so emotional over it :)

Thanks,

How did you find out about that ?  Is there a place to find out more on that camera rewlaese and specs ?  Sounds good.

Dan

 Dan, if you are referring to more information about a 5D IV, Canon hasn’t announced such a camera.  So, it’s impossible to say if/when it might hit the market or what the specs might be.  That being said, the 5DS and 5DS R really aren’t considered replacements for the 5D III.  They are a different type of animal compared to the 5D III.

Thank you Brock. I feel insulted too by this mega-pixel pandering. Canon must do professional photographer comsumer research. Who are they speaking to? Give us low light sensitivity! I can't even imagin how long it would take to have Lightroom render 1 to 1 previews for 2000 photos of a full-day wedding.

The only thing you got wrong is we already can print billboards with our 22.3MP 5Dmk III. Does Canon think they will cut into the medium format market with this. My husband -- a medium format shooter -- chuckled when just asked him if he would consider this as a competitor.

No one has seen the image quality yet, if it has a strong 1600-3200 ISO that beats out the mark III - even if only a little , than all this complaining will be for nothing - I think this is a wait and see situation for sure.... fingers crossed !

 I agree with Brock. Is Canon trying to alienate their largest consumer base of 5D buyers this this Mega Pixel War nonsense?

Brock I think you are right about Canon’s marketing department blindsiding their engineering department with the needless megapixels. I’ve read rumors that Canon had to get the sensor from Sony. Of course Canon could engineer their own large MP sensor if the engineers had been working on them. The engineers just knew better until they were overpowered at the last minute by a marketing head.

Hey Brock, Some of us shoot aerials. We need the megapixels. Bring them on, Canon. As for low light, I'll sell you my eight Speedo 2400ws power packs.

I totally agree with U... Brock..

Agree in all points. A high ISO would be better. I am about to go to Nikon just because of this...

Brock wrote:

Canon is pandering to the clueless. The megapixel war should have the aim of selling to the uninformed masses in the consumer market. Canon 5D buyers aren’t studio photographers. We shoot on-location.  We don’t need more megapixels. Our clients can print as large as they want with the 22.3MP resolution of the 5D Mk III. Most pro 5D shooters I know shoot at the medium raw format already since their closets are already full of hard drives.

Hey Canon. Your largest group of 5D buyers would prefer you give us sensors with better low-light capabilities. Cramming 50.6 itsy bitsy photosites into a full frame sensor is going the wrong direction. Please develop for your established professional customers. We don’t need to print for billboards. We need cameras that can see better when the lights go down, and better, faster focusing.

Stop letting your marketing department rule your engineers. Yes, 50.6MP vs. 22.3 is easy math for clueless, non-professional photography salesmen. Let them use that higher-number-must-be-better math on uninformed point-and-shoot consumers. Don’t insult your true 5D client base with this reasoning. We know better. All my colleagues where hyped when they heard the rumored name “5DS” because they thought the “S” stood for sensitivity. What a shocking letdown all of us had to read the truth.

A pro low-light camera will come out that caters to us. (You know who we’re alluding to.) You’ve just made it much easier for us to sell all our L lenses and jump ship as soon as that low-light camera hits the market. I just dropped my keyboard. Now I’ll walk away.

YES! Im glad someone said it!! I absolutely love my camera. Ive had it 2 years. Takes excellent stills, video continuous shot and has excellent zoom and macro capabilities. It is absolutely PERFECT for outside. Does beautiful shots.... during the day. I want a DSLR camera that takes just as good pictures inside or in low light. Not all moments worth hanging on the wall happen outside in full sun. My camera has 40 megapixels and i can zoom so well that i can capture every detail on the moom without it being blurry. But i cannot take a decent picture of anything happening inside without the flash. And then it turns out wrong because the situation wasnt dakr enough for a flash. Oh and BTW.. My current camera is " the one youre alluding to" lol. And i adore it. But ive heard similar things about my camera and the higher end canon DSLRs and their lack of light sensitivity.

Not every photographer needs the ultimate "low light" capability.  I shoot fine art outdoors, mostly in sunlight.  The highest resolution possible for B&W carefully crafted prints is my goal.  This body looks good. Aerials.  Can't always fly lower.  The controllers keep you at assigned altitudes.  More pixels are insurance.   Just because this body may not be what you're looking for, it might be the exact fit for other informed professionals.  With a stash of 6 edge to edge sharp Zeis lenses, I'd rather try this body than spend 10 times as much for a medium format body and a new group of lenses.  Tired of reading reviews that sound like they're coming from the ultimate authority and insult other professionals.

amen! 

Speak for yourself Brock.

There are many areas of photography that require higher pixels. This is the gateway to large prints/ displays for those that can't or won't invest in medium/ large format photography. Technology is always advancing, but I suppose people like you don't have to. Some clients have higher demands than yours.

Brock open a camera company that builds for weekend warriors and wedding photographers that can figure out how to light things. IMO if you can't handle low light you have no right to call youself a photographer. Sounds like you and your colleagues don't need a new camera, you need to go to school. This new addition sounds great for big groups, commercial, fine art reproduction, and anything that requires fine detail. I will add it ASAP to our equiptment. Seems like you need the new Rebel or maybe some 1.4 lenes. Although we shoot 50-60 weddings a year with 6d's and 5d mkii's, there is alot more to being in the photo biz than weddings. I opened my studio in a very small town in 1976, my son runs it now. We have 12 shooters and just had another record year because we teach them how to shoot, not make excuses. I'm dropping my keyboard too, gotta go fishing and enjoy the weekend.  Have fun at your wedding and get 4 or 5 600rt"s

Congrats John Toth. You sound like an arrogant loser. Brock wasn't really insulting anyone he was describing what he needed. YOU GOT ALL BUTT HURT AND STARTED INSULTING PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO WANT BETTER LOW LIGHT CONDITIONS. 

You sound like you need to go to personality school. Save the trolling for the pop culture and video game sites. The rest of us are professionals here.

P.S. any REAL photographer would know that a true artist shouldn't be judged by their genre, but by their work.

Just looked at John's work on his site, and it looks very elementary, and sub par at best.  Use a flash much???? Hahaha

sorry Brock, but you don't speak for all of us 5d users! New camera doesn't suit you? fine, but don't call me stupid because I see the value in a larger pixel ***** - it will be an asset in our studio. alongside our other varias canons and Hassleblad Med format.

We shoot mainly 5d 's and yes we shoot plenty for billboards. I know lots of others too.

Pro shooters using medium RAW? haven't come across it myself. Is file size such an issue that you need to shoot in a down graded format? doesn't sound so proffesional to me.

By all means sell your L lenses and jump ship, at the end of the day photographers world wide have been producing amazing photographs with way less technology then we have today...the gear is a tool, some for some jobs, others for other jobs. 

Someone else have a "better" camera? so what...it's how you use it that matters the most

Canon is pandering to Landscape, Fine Art, and Commercial photographers. The cluless one is you. This is not the 5Diii replacement. The 5Div coming later this year is the lower megapixel/low light performance replacement.
 

More megapixels!?! I was really hoping for a new 5D that could actually focus. Instead I get more megapixels that I don't need. I guess I'll have to move my settings from M-RAW to S-RAW. Too bad those settings don't make the photosites larger.

Xox

Canon copies Nikon from a few years ago.... elimination of a low pass filter, what a novel idea... only 3 years late!  No 1080 60P video feature, very sad.  This is a shame and quite lazy on Canon's part, do we really need 2 indentical cameras with only 1 difference?  Absolutely not.  Just a way for the greedy Canon Corp to charge a few extra hundered dollars for this "upgrade".  Overall I am very underimpressed with this shallow outdated offering. 50mp... who in their right minds really needs that resolution other than a few folks who require it for regualr billboard work or extracting a small section of an image.  This new 5D camera set is a joke and really insults your tried & true customer base Canon!  Try to be a leader again.... not a sad follower!

Dead-on HDMan. The big joke is the struggling photographers who will buy this thinking they will suddenly get jobs that require medium-format. Medium format is way more than just resolution. Those poor chaps will have a lot of doors shut in their faces.  

Agreed. Despite being heavily invested in them, Canon has made very few impressions in the past five years that made me want to stay with them. I am seriously considering switching my equipment to something of greater value.

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