Shooting a wedding can be a nerve–racking experience. However, photographing under the pressure of enemy fire makes wedding photography seem like casual walk in the park.
Watch as British photographer Rupert Frere switches seemlessly from his Nikon to his combat rifle as enemy fire ensues.
For more information, check out this interview with Rupert Frere
and the adrenaline fueled photography on his website
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I love to photograph a bit of everything and especially try to use gear in the situations it is best suited for during evaluations.
This use also gains me invaluable experience.
But, if required to choose what I consider my three primary subjects, landscapes/cityscapes, wildlife and sports would comprise my list.
These are subjects that both interest me and are frequently available to me.
You likely care less about my photography than the reviews I create and to that purpose, my primary subjects also tend to challenge camera gear.
Wildlife is most frequently found in low light, athletes are often moving very fast (and erratically) and landscapes readily show any lens aberrations.
That a wide range of weather conditions encountered during these outdoor activities is helpful (for evaluations).
Since evaluating the Canon EOS 5Ds
, the 5Ds R has become my primary camera model.
I fell in love with the 50.6 MP resolution along with the rest of the package including the great AF system.
I have two of these cameras in my kit and a third spends most of its time in the lab testing lenses.
While the 5Ds R is an incredible camera, its max frame rate is not so impressive.
Of the three categories I listed above, "sports" (and sometimes wildlife) imagery can be substantially improved with a fast frame rate and
I am blessed to also have a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
in the kit to handle those scenarios.
I'm always looking to improve my kit and a new, great-performing full frame EOS camera model, such as the 5D Mark IV, always garners my attention.
So, the "Am I going to keep this camera?" was an ever-present question to myself while reviewing the 5D IV
The short answer is "No", or at least "Not now", but listen to my reasoning.
First, here are some of my personally-important 5D Mark IV vs. 5Ds differentiators:
- 30.4 (6720 x 4480) vs. 50.6 (8688 x 5792) megapixels
- 7 fps vs. 5 fps
- Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC vs. optional accessories
- Improved AF system with better f/8 max aperture support (61 pts vs. 5 pts)
- AF at EV -3 vs. EV -2
- ISO 32000 vs ISO 6400 (extended 102400 vs. 12800)
- Touch screen 3.2" (8.10cm) Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dots vs. non-Touch 3.2" (8.11cm) Clear View II, approx. 1040K dots
- Dual Pixel CMOS Live View/Video continuous AF vs. contrast detection AF
- 4k, 1080p 60 fps, 720p 120 fps with no 4GB file limit using exFAT CF card plus other advantages vs. 1080p 30fps, 720p 60 fps
- 28.2 oz (800g) vs. 32.8 oz (930g)
- Requires 2-second self-timer for mirror lockup delay options vs. has 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one or two second delay optionally selectable
Check out the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV vs. 5Ds specification comparison to fully compare these cameras.
The first option on the above list represents one of only two 5Ds R advantages listed.
But, it is a major one.
All other things being equal, a 50.6 MP image has significantly higher resolution than a 30.4 MP image.
Here is a resolution test chart comparison between the 5D IV and the 5Ds R.
The 5Ds R, with it low-pass cancellation filter, delivers incredible detail, bringing fur, feathers, hair, foliage, eye lashes, etc. to life.
With APS-C-level pixel density, this imaging sensor provides plenty of headroom for cropping when needed, adding "reach" to inadequately-long focal lengths, with adequate-for-many-purposes resolution remaining.
The second difference listed above is very tempting to me as the difference between 5 and 7 fps is quite noticeable.
But, that is where my 1D X Mark II takes over.
The 1D X II's 14 fps is twice as good as 7 fps, though I give up resolution in this trade-off.
List item #3, GPS and Wi-Fi, was only a minor differentiator for me.
The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter will give my 5Ds R the Wi-Fi capability and I've not yet found a strong need for the GPS coordinates in my EXIF.
An improved AF system, including lower light performance, is always important to me (an out of focus image usually heads straight to the recycle/trash bin) and the expanded AF point coverage area
is definitely a 5D IV benefit for my wildlife and sports photography.
While the 5D IV's f/8 AF advantages are really nice, I do not frequently use the lens plus extender combinations that make use of this feature.
Having higher ISO settings available is definitely an advantage, but only if the noise levels are acceptable for the intended purpose of the image.
As hinted to by the higher standard max ISO setting, the 5D IV delivers lower high ISO noise levels than the 5Ds R.
In general, you can have low noise or high resolution.
Technology continues to bring us improvements in this compromise and the
the 5D IV performs better than the 5Ds in this regard at the pixel level.
Better, but not close to as much better as the max available ISO settings may indicate.
Downsize the 5Ds image to 5D IV dimensions and the comparison becomes considerably closer.
The 5D IV is still the better performer, but the equivalent resolution comparison shows this attribute being less of a decision factor.
While I continue to make increasing use of Canon's touch screen LCDs, they are not yet a must-have feature for me.
That the 5D IV has this feature is an advantage, but ... this is not yet a decision maker for me.
The Dual Pixel AF feature is an important advantage for the IV, but ... my 1D X II has this feature when I need it.
Same with the 4k video feature.
The 5D IV's weight is an advantage, but the amount of difference was not enough to "weigh" in on my personal decision.
While the last option on this list, mirror lockup delay, may seem minor, I use it constantly and it saves me time in the field.
While price is often a differentiator between camera models, there is a relatively small difference between these two.
That I already owned the 5Ds R was a disadvantage to the 5D IV in this scenario and the budget wasn't open to an additional camera joining the kit at this time.
In the end, it was the resolution that compelled me to stay the course with the 5Ds R bodies.
I love reviewing images with incredible detail, especially when I work really hard to get something special.
I love to be able to print huge.
I love to be able to crop when I fine tune (change my mind) later, when I was focal length limited or when I needed to choose less-than-ideal framing to hold a focus point on a subject in motion.
Perhaps most important is that when evaluating lenses, I want to see any aberrations present as clearly as possible and I want to know if the lenses are up to use on a camera of this resolution.
Everyone's criteria for camera selection is not the same.
You must make the decision that is right for you.
If the resolution advantage is unimportant to you, the answer is easy – get the 5D IV.
It is an incredible camera and a great upgrade from most other models in many respects.
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From Canon USA: Akana Partnered with The Groundlings Comedy Troupe to Build Confidence in Victims of Bullying Through Humor, as Documented on Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Cameras MELVILLE, N.Y., October 5, 2016
– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is showcasing YouTube video creator and anti-bullying advocate Anna Akana as its latest Canon Rebel With A Cause. Since first sharing her personal story on YouTube after her sister’s suicide as a result of bullying, Akana has used comedy as her own form of therapy. Her ability to put a unique spin on typically uncomfortable topics led Canon to select her as a Rebel With A Cause, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the first EOS Rebel SLR camera. Anna’s cause focuses on using comedy to build confidence in youth that have been bullied, and the video of her cause, shot entirely on Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR cameras, can be seen here: http://Canon.us/ubcq
Along with The Groundlings comedy troupe, Anna worked with bullied teenagers ranging in ages from 13 to 17 to teach them how to use the power of comedy to face their fears and confidently use their personal experiences as the basis for their own comedic material.
"I was able to find peace and tackle my own anxieties through comedy, so it was amazing to work with teenagers to show them that humor is far more powerful than words of hate,” said actress and filmmaker, Anna Akana. “I hope the video of our experience will inspire others to consider the impacts of bullying and help those who are bullied feel that they are not alone - and can overcome!” “According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Cyberbullying Research Center, more than 85 percent of students in the United States have been bullied at school, online or via text, so we wanted to give Anna, a modern day rebel, a platform and a camera to socialize the power of her voice,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Jeff Sugar, MD, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, worked with the youth in this video to provide counsel throughout the experience. Tapping into Dr. Sugar’s expertise, Anna was able to help foster a supportive atmosphere while helping the teenagers involved overcome their bullying-focused experiences and come out on top…laughing. Once finished with the workshops, the teenagers got their chance at center stage for a stand-up routine in front of their families and friends.
In late 2015, Canon launched Rebel With A Cause, a campaign designed to profile modern day rebels who challenge convention in their own unique way, shown through the eye of a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera. With American Daredevil Nik Wallenda, the first and only person to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, an unexpected group of people were encouraged to check items off of their personal bucket lists. In February 2016, Canon continued Rebel With A Cause, with its second iteration featuring GRAMMY winning producer Swizz Beatz. Aiming to showcase artistic talent that may have otherwise fallen under the radar of the art community through #TheUnknowns, Swizz worked to curate an art show for the world to see on the facades of museums in New York City, followed by a gallery event at Sotheby’s Auction House and an online auction. The campaign videos, both shot entirely on Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR cameras, can now be viewed here: http://canon.us/bkQln
and here: http://canon.us/bsCZ2
Concluding the year-long Canon "Rebel With A Cause" campaign, one lucky consumer winner was chosen from an online contest searching for the next great inspiration. Photographer Guinnevere Shuster, an advocate for homeless sheltered animals, was selected as the winner and Canon will help bring her cause to life with a documentary production created, similar to those of the previous Rebels with a Cause. Guinnevere has photographed over 7,000 shelter animals and continues to strive to help find animals a loving and lasting home.