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Canon EOS 5DS R

Review Date: Aug 2, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Resolution
Cost, it's pretty old school

If you've used a Canon DSLR in the past seven years, you'll yawn when you start using this one. The only changes are subtle. My favorite: HDR mode that stores three RAWs, and auto-selects the EV range needed to get the shadows and highlights dialed in.

Sound subtle? Ubetcha. But as soon as you open the files on a decent screen (yeah, get a 4K monitor) your jaw will hit the floor. Insane resolution. Simply insane.

Sample pic: . (100/2.8 Macro, the old one, 5ds R, 1/160 f7.1, ISO 400, Strobe fired)

YES, you need to use great lenses. (24-70 II, 100-400 II, 100mm Macro, all cool.) YES, the new lenses are more expensive than their forebears. YES, you have to keep your apertures under ~7.1 (diffraction limiting) but also high enough to avoid laser-thin DOF. YES, you need to find your tripod and use it. (We have gotten lazy, haven't we?!)

YES, if your are outdoors in harsh environments, or need to put 300,000 shots on a camera, you should stick with the 1d line (I sold a great 1ds iii on Ebay today).

And, OK, if you want to shoot in candlelight or shoot 4K video, you should probably get the new Sony mirrorless.

And, OF COURSE, Canon's engineers should have to apologize for not incorporating any modern features into this camera. Wifi, GPS, modern video, "apps..." No way. This is just for people who take stills and want all their magic in the "darkroom."

Bottom line: if you want to get great landscapes / architecture / studio shots, THIS is the successor to the 1ds iii.