Canon EOS 5Ds R

Canon EOS 5Ds R Follow-up Review – 4 Months In (Podcast 496)

After using the Canon EOS 5Ds R digital SLR camera for just over four months now, today I'm going to do a follow-up review to let you know how I'm getting on with this new ultra-high-resolution offering from Canon. If you didn't catch my earlier 5Ds Review, you can check that...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Dan Dill
    Posted at 03:31h, 10 November Reply

    Can you point me to the story behind your comment, “A few years ago when I almost killed my 5D Mark III in Iceland, seeing just how weatherproof it was…”?

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 09:38h, 10 November Reply

    Sure Dan. I talked about this a little in Episode 388 here:

    Scroll down to the heading 5D MARK III “IMPROVED” WEATHERPROOFING.

  • Dan Dill
    Posted at 03:48h, 11 November Reply

    Thanks for pointing me to your experience with 5D3 weatherproofing. In Iceland last month, in days of rain, I had continual, but thankfully intermittent problems with my 5D3. This is why I am curious what Canon will do for the next version of the 1DX, especially if its resolution increase will get anywhere close to the 5Dsr.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 11:46h, 11 November Reply

    Hi Dan, I doubt that Canon will increase the resolution on the 1D X update by much, but I hope they do. I actually would rather see them bring back the 1Ds. High resolution, like the 5Ds but with complete weatherproofing.

    BTW, in Iceland, I generally just drape a cloth over my camera when it’s raining (most of the time!). The wicking effect of the material is generally enough to stop the water getting inside the camera. When I killed my 5D3 I was literally testing it, and just let it get totally wet, just like I used to shoot with my 1Ds.

  • gianpaophoto
    Posted at 23:08h, 12 November Reply

    Hi Martin, if really enjoy to listen your podcast. I have a question about the 5DS, did you test long exposure, let say over 60 secs? I read few comments about high noise in the photo. Thanks in advance for your answer

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 11:07h, 13 November Reply

    Thanks for listening to the Podcast Gianpaophoto!

    There are no issues at all with grain in long exposures. I have shot up to 150 second exposures, and they are fine. I do expose to the right for long exposures too though. People that are seeing grain probably are not exposing to the right.

  • squawking7000
    Posted at 17:04h, 21 November Reply

    I can not help but reflect of the Blogcast extolling the virtues of the 7D mk II and it’s crop factor for wildlife photography, over the full frame 1DX, so it may be an idea to wait until the Winter Wonderland workshops are over before getting rid of the 7D, you never know….

    HOWEVER – if you are happy with the gear that you have then that is all that counts. The 5DSr is an awesome piece of kit and you seem to be as happy as the proverbial sand-boy.

    Interesting podcast as ever Martin, keep up the good work.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:16h, 21 November Reply

      That’s my plan, to wait until this year’s workshops are over. The crop factor is a big plus for the 7D Mark II, but when you consider that I can crop into a 20 megapixel 1.6X crop factor image on the 5Ds R images, and the image quality is actually better, I get the best of both worlds with the 5Ds R. I.e. if the subject is closer, I can get a full frame shot, but when it’s further than my zoom will allow me to shoot it, I can crop down to as far as a 1.6X crop factor image as well.

      Because of this, I’m not worried about the crop factor at all. My biggest concern is the autofocus capability of the 5Ds R. It’s been pretty impressive so far, and even if it’s not brilliant, I’d rather nail fewer 50 megapixel frames than nail most shots with the 7D Mark II. I’m taking the 7D2 on my Winter Wonderland tours, as my third body, and in case I have to resort to it for autofocus etc. but I think I’ll end up using the two 5Ds R bodies almost if not totally exclusively.

      I’ll be sure of course to let you know how all of this pans out. 🙂

  • Joe
    Posted at 11:15h, 03 April Reply

    Thanks for the great review! I have seen banding is a lot, lot less on our 5DS R’s than on the 5D III’s. There is certain lighting conditions that bring some of the shadow banding back at base ISO on rare occasions, pushing shadow the same amount. Have you encountered this situation? If so what do you recon is the cause? I’ve encountered only a few blogs that have noticed this but no answers. Thanks for your time and great work!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 20:51h, 03 April Reply

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I’ve not seen the banding that you mention, that I can recall at least. If I hear or see of anything though, I’ll let you know.


  • Raj
    Posted at 05:30h, 05 July Reply

    Hi Martin

    Many thanks for detailed review!! Could you please share the same for 5Ds. The link which you referred – Episode 478 is not detailing 5Ds.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:51h, 06 July Reply

      Hi Raj,

      If you mean a review of the 5Ds, I don’t own one, so I can’t do a review I’m afraid. I only review gear that I use myself. I see that I omitted the R in the text, but it’s really the 5Ds R. Sorry about that.


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