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

167 Comments

I have the 11mm-24mm lens, and it's spectacular. Distortion might be measurable, but it is not visible. Contrary to the claims of some, there is no fisheye bulging. Straight lines remain straight, right up to the edges.

I'm old enough to remember Nikon's introduction of a 13mm f/5.6 lens. You can find a picture of this "holy Grail" lens and articles about it by Googling "nikon 13mm f/5.6".

The purchase of this lens was made possible by my mother's misplaced insurance policy, which showed up at just the right time.

On another note... Who writes this stuff?

>> "...the constant f/4 aperture guarantees consistent performance and light transmission throughout the zoom range."

A constant aperture does not guarantee consistent image quality.

>> "The optical design is, of course, the key component of any lens,...

Who'd have guessed?

>> "...and this one delivers with a variety of the latest and greatest technologies."

Ugh.

Nice product.

Will B&H be hosing an event with Canon reps avalaible to answer questions?

Yes we will.  This coming Monday, June 15th 2015 at 3pm eastern time we will have a live web broadcast of the event.  See the details on the following link:  http://bhpho.to/1B7YxNZ

How much do they cost? LOL

Current pricing can be found on the 5DS and 5DS R’s respective pages on our site.  Click Here

I'd like to preorder.

To be notified when the 5DS and 5DS R become available for pre-order, you could fill out the form at the end of this article—we would then send you an email.  Otherwise, for email notification, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the cameras’ respective pages on our website. Click on the following link for details on the two bodies on our website: http://bhpho.to/1zFW7le

Notify me when available.

To be notified when the 5DS and 5DS R become available for pre-order, you could fill out the form at the end of this article—we would then send you an email.  Otherwise, for email notification, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the cameras’ respective pages on our website. Click on the following link for details on the two bodies on our website: http://bhpho.to/1zFW7le

please let me know when this camera is ready to purchase! It looks awesome.

Ben

To be notified when the 5DS and 5DS R become available for preorder, you can fill out the form above.  Otherwise, if you haven't already, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the cameras’ respective pages on our website.  We would then send you an email they were available for preorder.  Click Here

Hi Paul,

Check out the latest in digital cameras.  I have an EOS 40D with it's whopping 10MP resolution (from about 10 years ago), although it's not full-frame like this one.  Anyhow, this one is a huge LEAP forward, and should be THE standard for quite some time.  Amazing where photography has come since your Minolta MD11!

Hi Laynie!

Kevin 

Well, we u/w photogs welcome the MP. I did like the senstivity change from the MkII to the MkIII, and it doesn't look like there is much difference in the new ones.  At some point, the resolving power of the L series lenses will be insufficient, as the camera sensor keep improving....

I have been waiting on something like this since the production of the 1DS m2. And in I welcome that 11-24mm lens. The wait was very long, painfully long, but from the production, the wait was worth it. THANK YOU CANON.

Put me down for a 11-24mm lens and a R body - finaly a replacement for my sig 12-24 !!!!!!!!!

The Canon 11-24mm f/4 is available for preorder at this time.  As for the 5DS R, if you click on the Notify When in Stock option on its page, we would send you an email when it was available for preorder.

Another Canon fail.  Still stuck at 30fps.  Why can't they make a full-frame camera with 1920 X 1080 at 60fps??

Are prices available? Does this camera body accept other Canon EOS DSLR lenses?

Both cameras have the Canon EF mount, so are compatible with the EF lenses.  You can find current pricing for the 5DS and 5DS R on their respective pages on our site.  CLICK HERE

Both when available

To be notified when the 5DS and 5DS R become available for preorder, you can fill out the form above.  Otherwise, if you haven't already, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the cameras’ respective pages on our website.  We would then send you an email they were available for preorder.  Click Here

What is the difference between the 5DS R and the 5DS? in short terms
 

Fom above...   "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." 

As Carlos pointed out, the only difference between the 5DS and 5DS R is that the 5DS has a regular optical low pass filter while 5DS R has a self-canceling optical low pass filter: the design of the filter is such that optical effects are negated.  This allows for greater detail and sharper images from the 5DS R, though there is a greater risk of moiré.

It is impossible to please everyone in one body. We are not using film anymore! Cameras are tools for Photographers with many kind of specialities. Canon or Nikon can NOT replace our Medium format Rolleis or Blads, our Sinars and Schneider or Other brilliant lenses in one single body, plus a Full HD video camera with all FPS to choose from. We, as photographers know the tool we need to use to perform our best! There is no camera that will do the work for Us. So I will buy it for what I like of it and will not complain for what I will not have or will not use... I wish I can afford and use a Leica M-P and a Noctilux or Digital Medium format and a digital back for my Sinar, but I can't ! So I'm Stuck with my Canons 5's and L lenses and all the ammount of Canon weight I have bought since my first 1 DS Mark ll... If I need a screwdriver I will not buy a overpriced Hammer Drill or a get a coin; I get the best screwdriver I can afford to suit to my skills and my work. Choose and use the right tool to deliver the best of my skills for the assignment is my job as a Professional Photographer. And keep myself and my clients happy!

How big are the RAW files??  I mean... My Nikon is [only] 24 MP and the RAW files are like 30 megs.... I guess SD/CF card technology is improving enough to write that fast but still... dealing with huge files can be annoying at times... I guess it just depends what you shoot and how large you plan on printing the end images.  From a Nikon guy... this looks pretty sweet.  

Interested in the release date for the 5DS

Unfortunately, we don’t have a release date yet from Canon for the 5DS.  If you haven't already, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the camera's page on our website.  CLICK HERE

A move that CANON confirms saparating video and photo again.  The  1D C already moved out from pro photo department and part of pro camcoder segment.  Now removal of headphone jack, no update on HDMI external recording shows no combo deal any more ;-) Marketing minds at work! 

This release is about 2 models and 3 years behind Nikon, and Nikon's offering was still better. The 5DS and 5DS R are reminiscent of the D800/D800e. And 1080p/30fps is so last decade. Touting that as a feature is like touting normal everday-ol' flour used in bread. 1080p/120fps might be worth talking about. 1080p/30fps is just basic.

  • So, still no WiFi built in
  • Still no GPS built in
  • Still artificially truncating the run time of the video (run time should only be limited by size of the CF card)
  • ISO performance of yesterday's cameras

Not that either Canon or Nikon is particularly forward-thinking with respect to their current offerings, but Canon is playing catch-up here, and hasn't even caught up. The big two are supposed to be one-upping each other every couple of years, and Canon just makes a paltry effort to almost make it to near the same level.

What's the price point?  Glad I waited to purchase the 5D III :-)....

You can find current pricing for the 5DS and 5DS R on their respective pages on our site.  CLICK HERE

Finally. 

After reading all the comments. .most very negative. .it is clear that Canon need to improve communication

I would rather have lower ISO as in 12 or 24 to give you the ability to do slow shutter work with more daylight. Also higher to shoot more available light work at night. 50 mp does nothing but prove that they can do it and waste more hard drive space.

I am definitely interested in purchasing the EOS 5DS

5DS DSLR and 11-24mm L-Series Lens

please notify

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Soy de Honduras quisiera saber primero el precio, saber si ya esta a la venta en mi país y si no esta todavía como la puedo obtener
Saludos

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Since the EOS 5DS can offer a crop sensor effect by choosing, does this now mean  you can use the existing lenses that were for the crop sensor Canon Cameras in that mode?

Notify me when available.

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I see a lot of negative comments here. Not sure why. It is just another option, if you don't want/need it don't buy it.

I can see some applications for this. One thing that intrigued me is the 1.3x and 1.6x crop feature. As a wildlife /bird photographer almost every image is cropped. This could turn my 400mm f5.6 into a 520mm and 640mm f5.6!!!! For the cost of a new body that would be awesome. If it works the way I understand it.

I agree...horses for courses...

where does it end ? or does it.

I shoot both fashion photography and also do indie films. Although this is a bit of a let down, well a large letdown on the video side it is still safe to say "Everyone Relax." Until the whole line is released Im still hopefull for Canon to come out with a workhorse DSLR for the larger and larger professional group who do both stills and video.  They at least couldve gave it more frame rates and better low light sensitivity. Still Love Canon, but Im sleeping on the couch for now.

As a techno geek and engineer by profession the 5Ds’ 50.6 MP sensor provides exactly 50% more resolution than the current 5D MKIII’s 22.1 MP sensor….not 2X or 100% more resolution. That should put things into clearer (pun) perspective. Theoretically this means you could make an enlargement with a 5Ds image that is 50% larger and still retain the same appearance of sharpness. Of course this assumes the lens used has sufficient resolution to scale up 50%, which may not be the case.  

Bottom-Line: For those seeking to “squeeze” the maximum capability out of their lenses for large media presentations you want to use the highest possible sensor resolution. At 50% higher resolution the Canon 5Ds is the way to go and trumps all of Nikon’s current cameras when used for this specific purpose. Low-light and high ISO shooting performance is a totally separate issue and consideration.

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