Cre­ativ­ity In­spired by the New Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Asian Diver (English) - - Editor’s Note - Text & im­ages by Pepe Ar­cos

As a pro­fes­sional un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher, I am very fa­mil­iar with the Canon EOS 5D series – my first cam­era was a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, from which I tran­si­tioned to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

But re­cently, I up­graded to the brand-new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The beauty of this series is that, through all of its it­er­a­tions, it has main­tained its de­sign in­tegrity, which means that ev­ery new model is im­me­di­ately fa­mil­iar. Al­though the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV may look very sim­i­lar to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, it is a rad­i­cally more pow­er­ful ma­chine.

As a videog­ra­pher, one of the most ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the abil­ity to not only record video in 4K, but also to record in 4K at ei­ther 24p or 30p or Full HD at 50p! Shoot­ing while free­d­iv­ing means that I am of­ten record­ing on fast as­cents, go­ing from deeper, darker wa­ter up to brighter con­di­tions. This can make it chal­leng­ing to cap­ture con­sis­tent footage, but I was amazed at the dy­namic range per­for­mance of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – I had ab­so­lutely no prob­lems with high­lights, and my footage was ex­cep­tional. This, com­bined with the stun­ning AF speed and higher im­age qual­ity, now gives me far more cre­ative free­dom than any other cam­era in the mar­ket.

Be­fore I shot this im­age in Bali, I first went free­d­iv­ing with­out the cam­era and I re­mem­ber think­ing it would be al­most im­pos­si­ble to cap­ture all the in­tri­cate colours and tex­tures of this mag­nif­i­cent un­der­wa­ter sculp­ture. When I went back un­der­wa­ter with the cam­era, I came back from the shoot re­al­is­ing that the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV had not de­liv­ered my orig­i­nal vi­sion, but had gone even fur­ther, and re­turned noise-free im­ages that re­vealed a whole new world of de­tails and pre­cise colours that I hadn’t even no­ticed.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has re­ceived sub­stan­tial up­grades, in­clud­ing a higher-res­o­lu­tion 30.4MP CMOS sen­sor, and this, com­bined with the DIGIC 6+ pro­ces­sor, re­sults in an out­stand­ing dy­namic range and in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance in im­age qual­ity in low light con­di­tions. The aut­o­fo­cus (AF) sys­tem is faster than any other cam­era I have ever used, and uses 61 AF points. Bring­ing all this power un­der­wa­ter pays off quickly.

Set­tings: f/16, 1/125s, ISO 125, Fo­cal Length 16mm, Man­ual White Bal­ance The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV brings the colours and tex­tures of this beau­ti­ful un­der­wa­ter sculp­ture to life • 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sen­sor • ISO range 100-32,000 ex­pand­able...

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