I’ve been shooting off of the Canon 5Ds R for a couple of months now and I am finding that it is far more often than not my go to camera. On a recent trip Kenya I took a 7D MKII as a second body and, not that 7D MKII is anything to sneer at, I just couldn’t bring myself to shoot on anything BUT the 5Ds R.
Keep in mind that I’m talking wildlife photography here, not landscape photography. Well, maybe a bit of wildlife meets landscape photography in some ways.
I’ve already shared some initial thoughts on the 5Ds R in wildlife photography in this post but since writing that i am even more convinced that this camera most certainly has an application in wildlife photography arenas.
Whilst the frame rate of 5fps pales in significance compared to some cameras on the market today I have found that through a combination of understanding animal behaviour and various technical variables that I am still able to capture the crucial moment, regardless of how fast paced the action.
Have there been moments where I would have preferred to have an extra frame between images? Sure, but not on so many occasions that i feel frustrated by it at all.
For my style of photography, showcasing animals in their environment, I have found that the frame rate is not an issue and that the benefits of doubling up of the pixel counts on subjects which only occupy a small part of the “bigger picture” is certainly worth the trade off.
Some of the other benefits I have enjoyed over the last couple of months include:
- The ability to assign different AF case scenarios and AF area modes to both the Exposure Lock and AF buttons simultaneously. This allows me to make use of a single AF point set to AF Case 4 and easily switch to all 61 AF points set to Case 5 quickly and easily.
- The 1.6x and 1.3x in camera crop guidelines which allow me to compose the shot with the final image in mind without loosing the full 50MP file.
- The edge to edge AF coverage with the 1.6x crop mode engaged which still yields a 19MP file.
There’s a lot of information on the net these days but perhaps you have a specific question on the Canon 5Ds R that you haven’t quite been able to find an answer for, or perhaps you’d simply prefer to ask me.
If so, I’d love for you to leave a comment on the blog and lets see if we can help you get answers to those burning questions on whether this camera is for you or whether it even has an application in wildlife photography.