Canon were kind enough to send me a Canon 5Ds and their 11-24mm f4L lens to take with me on my trip to Antarctica. If I’m ever sent gear to try out or if I buy something for a trip, I’ve always got to try it out before I leave. There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere after hours / days of travel, only to find out something isn’t working quite right or at all.

So this morning I grabbed the 5Ds, the 11-24 and my panoramic tripod set up with the Canon 8-15mm lens attached and took a quick walk down the beach. I’m very lucky to live so close to the beach and in an area that is incredibly beautiful in it’s own right.

The 11-24mm is ridiculously wide. I own the 16-35mm and thought that was pretty wide, this is just amazing though! It is quite a heavy lens, but looking through it is just beautiful. There is very little noticeable distortion as you look through the view finder. I’ll be really putting the 5Ds through its paces when I get to South America and then in Antarctica, I’ll be sure to do a write up about it when I get back.

I’ve added some semi-processed full-resolution DNG/RAW files that you can download and have a look at yourself with Adobe Camera RAW / Lightroom to a dropbox folder, you can download them here.

Here are the photos:

Abbey Beach

Abbey Beach

Abbey Beach

Abbey Beach

Abbey Beach

Abbey Beach

And here is a 360 degree virtual tour photo taken with it this morning too:

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