Hi Gang: Lot’s of new stuff today:
Above: Here’s the Canon EOS 5DS model.
Above: Here’s the 5Ds R model.
Canon Announces a Full Frame 50.6-megapixel high-resolution DSLR
There are actually two versions : the Canon EOS 5DS and the 5DS R ["with the sensor's low-pass filter rendered neutral. By cancelling the effect of the filter, the 50.6MP sensor is enabled to deliver an even higher resolution with more intricate details."]. These are the highest resolution DSLRs out there (well, they’re not quite out-there yet — B&H’s page on the cameras says “expected availability” is around June).
The prices are pretty amazingly low for that high a resolution camera: The 5DS is $3,699 and the 5Ds R is $3,899.
Here’s a list of the specs (from Canon):
> Newly designed 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS helps deliver ultra-high resolution images for large-scale printing and extensive, creative cropping, while Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors enable spectacular image quality and processing speed.
> EOS Scene Detection System features a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for excellent precision.
> 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR allows for high precision autofocus.
> Advanced mirror control mechanism and new user-selectable shutter release time lag helps suppress camera vibration for reducing image shake.
> Anti-flicker helps compensate for flickering light sources and provides consistent exposure and color during continuous shooting.
> Built-in intervalometer and bulb timer helps deliver expanded creativity.
> 1.3x and 1.6x crop shooting adds superb flexibility, while still delivering high resolution images required for demanding applications.
> Intelligent Viewfinder II with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage.
> Full HD 30p movie capability and Time Lapse Movie function, which takes still photographs at set intervals and combines them into a Full HD movie file.
> High-speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fps allows you to capture fast action.
> 3.2-inch ClearView II LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
> Customizable Quick Control Screen allows you to quickly change frequently used camera settings and functions.
> Support for USB 3.0.
I haven’t had a chance to take this baby out for a spin yet, so at this point I can’t tell you much more than the specs you see above. With those crazy-high megapixel specs normally usually only seen on Medium Format cameras, it looks like the camera will be aimed at the serious landscape photographer, commercial photographers, and portrait photographers that need to make really, really large prints. So basically, the medium format crowd, but at prices that are around $25,000 less (I know resolution alone doesn’t make a medium format camera, a medium format camera, but it’s a good place to start).
You can read the official press releases here.
Canon Announces new 11-24mm zoom lens for Full Frame bodies
OK, this one I am totally drooling over. I already contacted Canon begging to do a field test on it, and if this puppy is as sharp or sharper than my Canon 16-35mm, this will be the next lens I’m buying. I’ve been dying to go wider than 16 with a zoom without going all the way to a fisheye (I already have the 8-15mm fish), so this lens is so right up my alley. Can’t wait (here’s the link to Canon’s press-release).
In Other Friday News: My New Lightroom Tethering and Lightroom Mobile Online Class is Now Available
This new class just went live, and I take you through how to set-up to shoot tethered directly into Lightroom (including how to troubleshoot when things get wonky), and I take you through how to incorporate Lightroom Mobile into your portrait photography workflow. If you’re a KelbyOne subscriber, you can check it out right here.
If you’re not a KelbyOne subscriber, it’s time to get on board (you’ll super-dig it). Here’s the link with details on how to become a member and get access to all our huge library of online training classes on Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography.
OK, it’s after midnight, I’m hitting the sack.
Hope you guys have an awesome weekend!