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ed rader wrote in post #17698847
great review Chris. how does it stack up to 5d3 in the high ISO noise department? that's a biggie to me. thanks.
It's about the same. The new sensor behaves differently, so while 'technically' noisier by about half a stop, it's easier to treat, easier to downsize and remove and kinda ends up cleaner than the 5D3. Plus you can push the files a lot better at ISO3200 (about 2 stops) than you could with the 5D3. It starts to hit the ugly tree when pushing 6400 a couple of stops but most cams do.
David Arbogast wrote in post #17701924
Good review Chris, I agree with everything you wrote about the sensor and image quality. I love my a7R and do want an a7R II, but I am super-happy with my 5DS R and just a bit annoyed that it hasn't been more well-received. I guess people just want a 5D IV.
I am a little surprised that wedding/event photographers would be interested in the 5DS. I shoot architecture mainly (a fantastic application for the 5DS R), and after just a little editing work in Photoshop and I am having to save as PSB files instead of PSD (because of the huge filesize). I never had to do that before except for stitched panos; not even with 36MP files from the a7R II. So, the 50.6 MP resolution is affecting my workflow somewhat, but I suppose wedding photographers might not need to do as extensive editing in PS.
While I don't shoot the smaller raw sizes it's good to have a larger file available. While I do 95% wedding photography I shoot landscapes for pleasure and headshots as a sideline. It's better to have the available resolution there than not. The overlooked gem is the crop factor. I was in a church the other day and forced to stay at the back. I shot my 135L at F2 and cropped it to 25mp and had a hugely detailed shot despite the crop. As a result I carry less lenses and I can look at my 24-70 as a potential 24-140.
While the look won't be the same as if shot with a true 140mm it totally useful to have. When I edit the file sizes aren't a problem and while I use photoshop a lot. For bulk editing in Lightroom I use Perfect Browse 9 to select the images and generate smart previews in LR, then close lightroom, rename the raw folder and edit just the smart previews. Which at 2000 pixels long, but still raw. Then when exporting change the folder name back and the changes are applied on export.
golfecho wrote in post #17754393
Great review. As I read it, you mentioned, "As someone who shoots manually most of the time having a split second save all button is golden for me." Can you explain what the "save all" is, and why this is important to your flow?
On the 1DX during shooting you could program the AF-on button to jump into a different mode. So assuming I'm shooting manually, but something was happening and I needed to get it faster than I could change the settings....then I could program that button to jump into a preset TV, AV or P mode. The function on the 5DSr is only really have enabled and to me, a bit pointless as it is.