EOS World Community Ambassador Kevin Ma writes about photographing buildings on-the-go. Learn what techniques he employed in producing compelling architecture photographs using his Canon EOS 5DS R full-frame camera and Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens!

I really enjoy the combination of Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM together with the superior 50 megapixels resolutions of Canon EOS 5DS R. They are an amazing pair at creating high quality photographs with intricate details, and the following are reasons why.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/8 | ISO 400 | 1/400s

#1 Preserving Details

The EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM’s tight field of view and variable zoom options make it resistant to the keystone effect. This results in lesser distortion when shooting tall buildings at tilted angles. With the support of EOS 5DS R’s high resolution, it is possible to make architectural shots with perfectly straightened lines while preserving details.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/6.3 | ISO 500 | 1/200s

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/8 | ISO 400 | 1/500s

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/8 | ISO 400 | 1/500s

#2 Shooting From Afar

The EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM offers a new approach in capturing architecture. It allows shooting the subject from a great distance, portraying it against the broader environment to provide context.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/8 | ISO 500 | 1/800s

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/8 | ISO 500 | 1/640s

#3 Composing Impactful Shots

The extra zoom function of the EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM opens a realm of new possibilities for image compositions – from afar, close-up, while moving and at high altitudes. This helps to create clean and impactful shots when movements are confined.

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/7.1 | ISO 400 | 1/200s

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/8 | ISO 400 | 1/1000s

#4 Capturing Movement

In addition, the fast ultrasonic autofocus and image stabilising functions captures fleeting moments sharply and quickly. This is possible even when shooting from a fast moving view point (for example, on the train or on the bus).

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/5.6 | ISO 400 | 1/160s

Canon EOS 5DS R | EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM | f/5.6 | ISO 500 | 1/400s

The EOS 5DS R and EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM may appear to some as an unusual travel combination largely due to the bulkiness. However, the highly versatile functions and the quality of photographs produced will make all the efforts spent worthwhile.