Lenses That Could Work With The Canon 5Ds 50MP Full Frame Sensor

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With the very recent announcement of the Canon 5Ds and Canon 5Ds R, the industry has taken a huge step forward. A camera with a sensor that can shoot over 50MP images in the 35mm format is changing the game completely. But with that, we’re always wondering about lenses. A while ago, we asked Lens manufacturers about how lens technology will be able to keep up with sensor technology.

But to find out what lenses could potentially work with such a high megapixel sensor, we did some research and asking around. As we get more information, we will try to update this list.

Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus

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Zeiss created the Otus lineup of lenses specifically to cater to high megapixel camera bodies. Their first, and sharpest offering, is the 55mm f1.4.

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Zeiss 135mm f2

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Though the Zeiss 135mm f2 isn’t an Otus offering, it is one of the few lenses by the German manufacturer that gives results like it.

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Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus

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Zeiss’s other Otus lens is the 85mm f1.4. It’s another tack sharp option.

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Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art

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Sigma has told us that every lens from their Global Vision lineup has a great chance of working with high megapixel sensors. In fact, they were developed for them. And with that, the company assured us that due to the in-house testing done, the 35mm f1.4 Art would work splendidly.

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Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art

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The sharpest prime lens that Sigma currently offers is the 50mm f1.4, and it’s comparable in performance to the best from Zeiss.

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Sigma 24-105mm f4 Art

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The Sigma 24-105mm f4 is a great option for photojournalists, and is the bread and butter lens option for many photographers.

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Sigma 180mm f2.8 Macro

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 Macro OS

What we were very surprised by was the mention of Sigma’s 180mm f2.8 Macro lens. It isn’t part of their Global Vision, but Sigma tells us that it can hold its own with their latest offerings.

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Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C

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We have yet to review this lens (though we have image samples), but it’s been listed as one of the offerings that works.

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 Sports


This is another lens that was well reviewed as of the publication of this piece, and man is it sharp.

Sigma 150-300mm f5-6.3 Sports

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We have yet to review this lens, but Sigma states that it can resolve all the details that we need.

Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L II

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Though I personally wasn’t a major fan of this lens, Canon stated that this lens and their 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM II would most likely work well with the 50MP sensor in our meeting. Personally, I liked Tamron’s version better. The company also stated that a full list of native lenses that will truly resolve a 50MP sensor may be worked on.

It’s fair to assume that the company’s 100-400mm f4-5.6 L IS USM will also be sharp enough considering that it is about as sharp as their 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM II.

Tamron 15-30mm f2.8


There were murmurs that this lens could work with a very high megapixel sensor, but we have yet to test it.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.