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Canon EOS 5DS R

Review Date: Apr 27, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: resolution, body, auto focus, mirror modes, menu options, ergonomics, 16x live view magnification
light metering does not follow AF point, weak battery life, requires good technique and lenses, dynamic range (in comparison to others)

target use: fashion, portrait, people, nude, mostly with flashes (Eli Quadra), handholding
upgraded from: 5d mIII

I was getting "tired" of my good old 5d mIII and still no direct upgrad from canon ;-) I safed "some" money and, finally after 10 months of saving and replacing a few lenses (new 16-35/4 IS, 35/2 IS), I got a 5DsR.
the decision for the R version took me quite some time because I shoot mostly people/fashion. I was a bit afraid of moiree - But since I have seen moiree with my mIII, I thought "it can't get an worse" ;-) and jump for the R.

I just had 3 shootings (2 Outdoor and 1 studio) with this camera and I love it. No moiree so far and handholding isn't as difficult for me as expected - at least it was looking sharp enough for me. having said that keep in mind that I used my Quadra outdoors, backgroud about 2/3 underexposed, shutter speed 1/160 to 1/250, shutter delay 1/8s. I will try to even improve the sharpness by paying more attention to shutter speed, delay and so on. Tripod will be used more often as well in the future.

I instantly felt at home coming from a 5D mIII. Yes, file size is huge... but colors and look of the pictures out of camera is great. in the dark shadows I noticed some noise but nothing that you can't fix in photoshop (I had to look for it) - maybe, in my case, a beautiful model helps too :-D

If you have good lenses, a fast computer (processor & lots of RAM & huge HDD), don't need 10 fps and don't frequently high ISOs, I think this camera is great (5DS or 5DsR).
Rent it for a weekend and decide if the cam works for you.

I will have to change my shooting style a bit (a bit wider, fewer pictures(!) ) but, besides that, it's a great camera for me.
If moiree will become a problem for me...? I will see in a few days, when the model will wear a pantyhose. evening dresses haven't been a problem so far...

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Review Date: Jun 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: AF!!!, build, feel, IQ, viewfinder, feel
maybe a bit pricey

Having used a 5D mII for more than 3 years or so, I hoped like many for an AF imprvment - the rest of the cam was good or very good.

5D mIII:
I took it in my hand, pushed the release button, the cam focused and I loved it Smile
the AF system is just great - there are hardly any out of focus pictures anymore. I find the IQ also slightly better, especially the shades and skin tones (using DPP). I'm thankful that Canon didn't raise the megapixel by much - it saved me money for a faster PC Wink

this digital camera is the first one that I give a perfect "10"

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Review Date: Jan 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: color, contrast, sharpness, bokeh!, fast AF
no tripod collar, 72mm would have been nice

I love this lens :-)

I use it for macro, portrait and as one of my walk-around-lenses.
Image quality is excellent, it's got a quick AF, IS (the first one that I like).
In comparison to the "old" 100/2.8, it has slightly better color and contrast. Sharpness is better too (aperture 2.8-4, but not much)
the missing tripod collar and the diameter of 67mm are the things that I don't like.

I recommend it :-)
wether it is worth the extra money, you have to decide yourself...

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: May 8, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,650.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: resolution, high ISO performance, colors, size, weight, live view
outer AF points

I owned a 10D, 30D, 5D, 40D and still own a 50D besides this 5DmII.

I use it for portraits, stills, available light pictures, macros, long exposures in a studio and outdoor. I use primes only with this camera.
I haven't used the hd video feature yet since I love to take pictures ;-)
Since I like to be in control I use the M mode most of the times, no auto ISO

Close to perfect camera for my needs. I miss better outer AF points (cross types) - other than that it's just fine for me.
I'm impressed with the high ISO performance (color, contrast) for a 21 mp camera.

I recommend the 5D to everyone who doesn't need a speed demon - well spend money :-)

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Mar 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: build, AF, color, contrast, 1.2 (if you need it)
slow af-speed, heavy for a 85? don't like the MF

This lens is amazing. It's color, contrast and bokeh simply blow me away. It's the best lens for portraiture I own and it is my most used prime.

- sharpness at almost all apertures
- excellent build
- bokeh, colors, etc.
- AF accuracy

- AF-speed a bit slow
- price
- don't like the MF

If you can afford it, buy it :-)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Mar 30, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 2 

Pros: build,
back focus!

I own many primes and this one is the only one that I really hate...

My copy is backfocusing and, after having it calibrated two times, it seems it is not correctable.
the back focus is around 5-6cm at a distance of 1m at all apertures on all bodies (5D, 40D & 30D) I own. if the lens ist focused at objects more than 1.5m away it's almost impossible to say where the focus is.
All my other lenses work fine with my bodies.

I'm really unhappy how this is/was handled from Canon. If I call, they say they look at the problem and I will hear from them within 3 days. After 2 month of waiting, guess who hasn't called...

I'm sure there are working copies of the lens but for sure there are more bad copies of this lens than usual for a L-lens.
sadly, mine does not - and canon (switzerland) doesn't care.

I will send it to canon one more time. If it helps, honestly I doubt it...

If you want to buy one, make sure yours does work properly!