A few days ago I found an offer for a demo 5DS R. In addition there is a cash back of 300,-€ until the end of January for the purchase of a 5D (Mark III, S, SR) replacing an old digital camera. I have already sold my “old” 5D Mark III on eBay into good hands in Baden Baden.
At first I was sceptical whether I would be able to cope with the limited high-ISO capabilities of the 5DS. As you might know, it is limited to ISO 6.400, with the extended range you get up to ISO 12.800. So I looked through my images in Lightroom and found that none of them were taken at higher ISO values than 12.800. Furthermore, for low light conditions, I also have the Sony 7R, which is much better in this respect anyway (even than the 5D Mark III).
Now I have the new megapixel monster right here. On the outside, very little has changed. Even the older battery handle of the 5D Mk IIII fits perfectly. The handling is completely familiar from the 5D Mark III, so I was able to start immediately after adjusting the menus to my usual presets. After inserting my 128GB card, the display showed 1440 remaining shots, previously with the Mark III 3000-4000 were possible with the same card, so that there was always the maximum number of 1999 displayed.
The menu was matched to that of the 7D Mark II. In particular I find the new Auto-ISO setting very useful, where you can finally change the selected minimum shutter speed in relation to the 1/focal length rule, which is well known since analog times. Because of the higher sensor resolution I have already shifted the limit by 1 f-stop on the 7D Mk II (1/2 x focal length). Since the pixel density is comparable to the 7D Mk II, this is now also my default setting for the 5DSR.
The lack of an audio output compared to the Mk III doesn’t bother me, since I hardly film at all. The lower speed on the other hand is quite noticeable. Due to the 21/2 times larger image files (RAW ca 70MB), the preview on the display is also noticeably slower.
Continuous shooting is also slower and after 13-14 continuous shots the camera pauses for a while. But if it has to go fast, I still have the 7D Mk II. Also the processing of large RAW files in Lightroom is much slower, but that was to be expected. The image quality on the other hand is very impressive. The quality leap is bigger than when I switched from the Ur 5D to the Mark II. I’m very satisfied with the camera’s high-ISO capability: even at ISO values > 4000, the images are, after appropriate processing in Lightroom, still usable. Even heavy crop enlargements now still have more than 20 megapixels and are suitable for large format printing. However, an exact technique is required. The focus must be accurate to the millimetre and shocks must be avoided.
So far I only had the opportunity to try out the new camera in bad weather at the zoo, but the results were already very good. More info and pictures will follow if I could use it for more stuff. But so far, I am very satisfied with the new acquisition.