Images featured in this blog can be viewed at high-res in the gallery at the bottom of this post. Click on any picture in the gallery, then hit ‘View full size’ to see high res versions.
The files are huge.
After shooting with the Canon 5d Mark III yesterday, I had the urge to shoot the new Canon 5Ds (with the 50 megapixel sensor) with this lens. I kinda wanted to see if it could handle the resolution. Plus, I kinda/really wanted to shoot the 5Ds.
Like most photographers that want the best from their digital images, I almost always shoot in RAW format. For this test though, I thought that I would record the files as just JPEGS… I know, crazy. I pick up the new 5Ds and I am ungrateful enough to shoot lowly JPEGS?!?
Blame film, I guess. I have been shooting a lot of film lately, and I wanted to see what I would get with very little processing- just minor exposure adjustments, and a little straightening crop here and there. I also did not use any lens filters except for a Promaster HGX UV for protection.
At times, even in the middle of the hazy, humid day, I was able to shoot wide open. It’s a treat to be able to shoot wide open in the day, and still find blue in the sky. I think that if you are buying this lens, you want to shoot it wide open at least some of the time, if not, a lot of the time. That is the real treat with this lens- you can actually shoot it at f/2 and not get bummed out. At all.
I must say that the combination of the Canon 5Ds and this lens feels good. Weight-wise, it’s heavy, but balanced. For a walkabout lens it feels like a lot to carry, but there is a lot of lens to back it up. Personally, the size and weight don’t make it or break it for me, since the lens is designed for larger cameras. On the Sony A7II it feels huge. On the Canon 5Ds it feels really good. The lens feels built for this camera .
I will have a bit more of the pros and cons in the next couple of days for a wrap up of my impressions, and more portraiture examples on Monday night. For now, check out the fresh-out-the-camera look.
Here is the full size gallery!
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