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Canon EOS 5Ds, Worth buying or not?

Besides the sticker price of $3,000 new, are there any other massive drawbacks to this camera that i should know about before I buy it?

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Re: Canon EOS 5Ds, Worth buying or not?

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@Ryanjrectorwrote:

Besides the sticker price of $3,000 new, are there any other massive drawbacks to this camera that i should know about before I buy it?

I will be looking forword to your feedback!

Thanks!


I'd recommend that you buy the 5DSR instead because it's supposed to be sharper without the LP filter.  I recently own a 5DSR and I have not noticed any moire problems usually associated with not having the LP filter.

 

The only other drawback besides the sticker price is the poor ISO performance.  The highest ISO is like 2 stops below the 5D Mark III (that I also own).  From my experience I'd hesitate using the 5DS/R pictures at ISO 12800. Personally I'd keep it at ISO 1600 or lower.

 

The advantages of course is the incredible resolution.  I can crop an image more than half and the resolution is still better than a full size 5D Mark III...it's astounding actually... As a mattter of fact, I have been using the 5DSR as a BIF camera instead of my usual 7D Mark II, despite the low frame rate.   For BIF, you are usually too far away and being able to crop is a real game changer...

 

What Canon need is to have a camera like the Nikon 850 - high resolution, high frame rate, high ISO...Hopefully a new 7D Mark III will do that and will come out soon.  Quite a few of my BIF friends have abandoned Canon for this reason, sadly.

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Re: Canon EOS 5Ds, Worth buying or not?

I agree, I have the 5DsR and no regrets, I was not concerned about the high ISO and was aware of it before purchase, combined with a newer L series lens it is remarkable.
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Re: Canon EOS 5Ds, Worth buying or not?

I recently switched from Nikon D2X to Canon 5Ds. I must say it's either getting used to Canon's system or the camera itself taking time to get used to, I am serious thinking of switching back, perhaps to Nikon D850 or D4.

 

I bought mine directly from Canon USA late March 2017 for an arm and a leg (5Ds and 24-70 ii 2.8).

 

I love the photos that this camera can produce when it works, meaning everything would have to be absolulte perfect, else, all kind of issues. Wondering if you are allowed to sell stuffs here?


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Re: Canon EOS 5Ds, Worth buying or not?

"...are there any other massive drawbacks to this camera that i should know about before I buy it?"

 

I would ask, do you need 53mp ?  The 5D Mk IV is a better all around, shoot everything, camera.

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Re: Canon EOS 5Ds, Worth buying or not?

"... Canon need is to have a camera like the Nikon 850 - high resolution, high frame rate, high ISO...Hopefully a new 7D Mark III will do that ..."

 

I agree.  The D850 is a fantastic camera.  Hard resisting not buying one!  But the 7D Mk III(?) will not be the Canon equivalent.  For one thing the D850 is a FF and the 7D series are crop frame.

 

The current 5 series, 5D Mk IV and  5Ds / 5Dsr run it s close second, don't you think?

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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