I wrote in a previous article about how the Canon 5Ds didn't really have that 'wow' factor. Well I was wrong, it does. If you take a look at the above sample and the resolution and sharpness, you may well be as impressed as I am by the quality of this file at 100%. Simply beathtaking. 1/160th. @f/5.6 and ISO 250. The lens? Somewhat unbelievably this was taken with my very old, very battered, very cheap Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E lens. Yes, the one with the slightly sticky manual focusing barrel and all sorts growing inside the glass. Now for some reason, the older this lens gets, the sharper it gets and the above image surprised me. This is after all a 50MP file. And if this doesn't destroy the myths that you need the most expensive lenses to get great results, that lenses out resolve sensors or sensors out resolve lenses or whatever, then I don't know what will.
The second thing that impressed me from yesterdays pictures is the colour depth that this camera produces.
The above image was taken with my Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and the colour just blew me away. Simply gorgeous. And I have to say, very un-Canon like. Here are a few other example.
So as time progesses I'm getting more and more impressed with the 5Ds. I thought I would buy it to just work on my 2-year 'Tourist Britain' assignment, with it's requirement for high resolution images and use other gear for other types of images. But I'm finding it impossible to leave the house without it currently and I seem to be able to tweak my raw processing to get some amazing images. It doesn't get any smaller and / or lighter, but at the moment the thought of coming home and viewing these rather good files is putting that out of my mind. Interestimg that I seem to be becoming a Canon fanboy, something I would have never imagined. But then I'm nothing if not flexible.