In the past, if you wanted insane, 50-megapixel resolution images you would have been forced to drop big bucks to get medium format cameras with digital backs from companies such as Hasselblad or Phase One. In addition to the giant price tag, these cameras handle more like a NASA instrument than a camera.
Nikon has been pushing this front for years with cameras like the Nikon D800/810 and their 36.3 MP sensors. Now Canon is getting back in the megapixel game with the new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. Both of these cameras sport a staggering 50.6 MP sensor, outputting 8688x5792 images.
So when our Canon EOS 5DS beta unit came in yesterday, we couldn't wait to get out shooting with it. Of course, we did exactly what you'd expect us to do: slap the sharpest lens we could find and pixel peep to our heart's content. And we just so happened to have an EF-mount Sigma 50mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens hanging around—only one of the sharpest prime lenses on the market.
Per Canon's request we need to emphasize that these shots are firmly beta samples only. The final image quality is likely to be slightly improved from here. All of these shots were taken RAW, processed in Photoshop CC with minimal sharpness enhancement. We encourage you to view the full resolution images that are linked below each shot to get the full effect.
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