Aerial Stills With The Canon 5DS

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  1. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    I borrowed a Canon 5DS from Canon Professional Services to compare it to the 5D Mark III bodies I use for still photos. The 5DS is almost identical from the outside, with just a few very minor changes, so it worked great out of the box on my MōVI M5. The files are amazing...50.6 megapixels is a TON of data. The body doesn't do too well at high ISOs, but that's not usually an issue for aerial stills. I shot these at ISO 200 and ƒ5.6 at shutter speeds of around 1/800-1/1000. The lens I used (my old 16-35 Mk 1) is not as sharp as other lenses I've used for normal tests, but I had the MōVI set up for that lens so I just went ahead and used it.

    First, here's a simple shot that illustrates the amount of data in those files.
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    Next, here are a few photos I shot of the beach today. Enjoy!

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  2. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    As they say, "Don't do this at home. Go to a friend's house."
    Or in this case, "Don't do this with your own camera..." :)

    Andy
     
  3. Jeff Scholl

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    The downside to the higher MP sensors is how quickly your favorite glass now falls apart :)
     
  4. Justin A Zattelman

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    Nice Steve, we have the Canon 5DS as well and have created a module which plugs into the usb to control the camera and change settings from the ground. It's a pretty amazing camera!
     
  5. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Do you mean the Canon wifi adapter? Or do you have something that works with the RC radios? That'd be pretty cool, although I find for stills that there's nothing I need to change. Video is a little different, as I'd want to be able to control exposure more carefully, but I was unimpressed with the 5DS video.
     
  6. Justin A Zattelman

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    It's pretty cool, I built a module about half the size of a matchbox. It's controlled by RC radio (our is Futaba 14SG) with a single sbus lead and is very handy when taking shots in the early morning or evening when the exposure is changing quite quickly.
     
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    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    That sounds pretty useful!
     
  8. Justin A Zattelman

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    It's pretty neat :)

    RnD is always fun!
     
  9. Jeff Scholl

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    Remote iris on the Canon bodies would be fantastic!

    Cheers,
    Jeff
     
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    I would be really interested in seeing this or hearing more about what it can do.
     
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    Steve: How high did you run the ISO and where did you feel it broke down? I have been thinking about having CPS send me one for the exact same reason.
     

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