Canon announces 50-meg DSLRs and (very) wide-angle zoom

Canon has dropped the veil on two new 50-megapixel full-frame DSLRs, the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R, as well a new wide-angle zoom lens, the EF 11-24mm f4 USM.

diagonal1As reported last week on Pro Counter following leaked details, the two new cameras boast a 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor – gazumping the Nikon D810’s 36 meg in the great pixel race. The dual DIGIC 6 processors featured in both cameras are designed to manage the high volumes of data coming from the sensor while reducing image noise.

Canon says the cameras will provide ‘the image quality of medium format with the usability of the EOS system’, to ‘provide an alternative to medium format cameras in the full-frame sensor market’.

The sensor has a very modest ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50-12800, and three new in-camera-crop shooting modes – 1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1 – which are visible through the viewfinder.

The cameras feature a 61-point AF system, with 41 being cross-type points for image sharpness and accuracy. This, along with quite a few of the specs beyond the sensor resolution, are inherited from the 5D Mark III.

Both cameras can continually shoot at 5 frames per second, and the main point of difference is that the 5DS R has no low pass filter, similar to what Nikon did with the D800/D800E. (Odd that it costs an extra $200, but it must be ‘what the market will bear’.)

The 5DS and 5DS R will be available in June. No local prices have been supplied as usual, but in the US market Canon is quoting US$3699 and US$3899.

Other features include:
– 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor with flicker detection;
– 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD screen;
– Magnesium alloy body with weather proofing.

EF 11-24mm f4 USM
Canon-EF-11-24mm-F4L-USM-LensCanon has claimed this is the ‘world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens’ (excluding fisheye) with a focal length of 11mm.

The L series lens is equipped with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. And If you’re wondering what the acronym USM stands for, it’s ‘Ultra Sonic Motor’, which offers silent autofocus, as well as higher precision and speed (than a non-Ultra Sonic Motor, we guess.)

Available sometime in March. Again, no local price was supplied, but US pricing is listed at US$2999.

Other features include:
– New optical design and the use of one Super UD element and one UD lens element;
– Dust- and drip-proof structure on the mount, switch panel, zooming ring and focusing ring;
– Four aspherical lens elements, including a ground aspherical element;
– ASC coating to prevent reflective effects.


2 thoughts on “Canon announces 50-meg DSLRs and (very) wide-angle zoom

  1. In my youth we respected skill hence the awe we held photographers with an FRPS qualification. Those chaps could capture images where others failed. Now that awe appears to have transferred to the fellows with enough bucks to acquire bigger, more powerful gear often leaving the creative skill and eye behind. Gosh I miss the days when we respected the correct things.
    To place membership of PPA. AIAP, after ones name meant that we had studied the science of Photography or had been a long term practising person which gave those bodies a special place in our small world.
    Yes there are those that escaped the need but as a rule one could not join such bodies unless one could prove ones worth.

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