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Ulla Lohmann

Sep14

Exploring the Dolomites in a new light: with the EOS 5DS R 

By Ulla Lohmann, Monday September 14, 2015
The Monte Averau mountain range in the Dolomites looks like a scene from "Lord of the Rings". Its peak measures 2649 metres high.

The Monte Averau mountain range in the Dolomites looks like a scene from "Lord of the Rings". Its peak measures 2649 metres high.
© Ulla Lohmann

For our upcoming multimedia show "National Geographic presents: The Dolomites", I needed some video and timelapses, as well as some images. When Canon asked me to test the new EOS 5DS R, I was excited about the option to produce images with great detail. Normally, I use the EOS 5D Mark III because of its light weight and compact body, but who doesn't mind some extra pixels and more detail? 
 
Like my 5D Mark III, the magnesium alloy body of EOS 5DS R is manufactured to protect the body from water splashes and humidity. It is equipped with many shortcut keys and a thumbwheel to adjust aperture and shutter speed. Pretty much the same as my 5D Mark III then, but… the surprises are inside! 
 
The EOS 5DS R really makes an impact with its 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. With its high resolution, it is designed for everything where accuracy and every little detail counts, for example in large format printing, or landscape photography or architecture. Whether you are taking pictures for a magazine front cover or a billboard – with a Canon EOS 5DS R everything is possible. 
 
After the first couple of pictures I was amazed at how much detail I could capture with the new camera. For the first time I had the feeling of being able to catch the real beauty of the South Tirol Alps. 
 
Before the EOS 5DS R, only a medium format camera was able to satisfy my demands for these exact details. But to carry a heavy medium format into the mountains… well, you can imagine this is not the biggest joy! I remembered my studies and how complicated it was to photograph with a medium format camera, plus how long it took to set up the heavy system. But now, everything felt so quick and easy! Never would I have imagined hiking and even climbing with it. Today, though, I was carrying a relatively small and lightweight camera in my backpack and achieving great results.  

No matter what the circumstances, the EOS 5DS R is developed for very fast handling. It is constructed with a low-pass cancellation filter to provide even more fine edge sharpness and details. The 61-point AF module with input from the 150k pixel metering sensor guarantees exact sharpness and accurate focusing just where you need it the most. 
 
Because we also needed video and timelapse for our presentation about the Dolomites, I was curious to see how the new camera performed. The camera system has an integrated timelapse mode which is very easy to use. The video has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and the image burst rate when shooting at highest resolution is 30 images-per-second; with 1280 x 720 pixels it’s 60 images-per-second. We managed to make some amazing videos very quickly and easily, like everything with this amazing camera.

I loved working with the EOS 5DS R in combination with the ultra wide-angle EF11-24mm lens.

I loved working with the EOS 5DS R in combination with the ultra wide-angle EF11-24mm lens. © Ulla Lohmann

Sunset over the Sella and Jeuf de Frea. The mountain I was standing on is called "Sass de Stria" ("Rock of the witches"), and it truly felt like a witch had put a magic spell over the landscape.

Sunset over the Sella and Jeuf de Frea. The mountain I was standing on is called "Sass de Stria" ("Rock of the witches"), and it truly felt like a witch had put a magic spell over the landscape. © Ulla Lohmann