- June 16, 2009 at 5:33 PM #44025composite1Member
In spite of the downturn economy my company has been closely researching camera models to augment our existing HD workflow. So far, the one I keep coming back to is the Canon EOS 5D MkII. The only other camera in the same weight-class when it comes to video imagery is the Red Scarlet in that it can shoot in film resolutions of 3-5k. But to achieve that you will spend tens of thousands of dollars to do so. The Mk II however shoots 5k natively in addition to Standard Def, can accept any EOS style lens ever made and you can get the camera body, starter lens, battery and compact flash card for the price of a full Scarlet kit that only shoots 3k. Now since it wasn’t designed primarily to be a video camera there are some ‘adjustments’ the non-photographically trained videographer will have to make to use it. Fortunately, Canon has heeded user complaints and instituted firmware to allow manual control over the video and there are issues concerning sound aquisitition. But overall, it’s really looking like a viable option.
Here’s a video from Mac Video’s Rick Young who give a thorough review of the camera and the systems by redrock micro to make the Mk II both cinematic and videography friendly. To my fellow PC users, just put a chunk of wood between your teeth when they start talking ‘macie’. Be advised I’m a crossplatform guy.
I voted no, but mainly because I don’t think the prosumer/pro market wants to go around carrying these dainty things. We like us a beefy camera! 😀 . Plus, if I recall, can’t these cameras only hold like 12 minutes of video on a card? How fun would it be to have to switch cards 7 times to get a wedding or event video?
I think beyond that, the only other complaint I have is that is the nature of people’s attitude towards still cameras. What do you do when you see someone pointing a still camera at you? You strike a pose, maybe say cheese, and hold still so they can take your picture. This is just how we’ve been raised. So when you go to a video shoot and start pointing this camera that looks just like an average still camera st them, you’re bound to get something different than the natural grace you can capture using a video camera that looks, well, like a video camera.
If you want to know my complaint, it bothers me that Canon won’t drop this technology into a camcorder body. If they did, I’d buy it in a second.
Barely related note: Casio now makes still cameras that shoot high speed video – up to and beyond 1000 frames per second! I’ve always wanted a high-speed camera, and these things make that an affordable reality (I’ve seen some online for under $500). That’s a still camera that I’d definitely buy for the video aspect of it.
Note that having said that, I still drool over that 5D Mark II, and if I needed still photo capability, I’d get it in a heartbeat.
It might oneday but for now I agree with jimcvideo. It will be hard to convince people you are serious with a photo camera. it might become popular one day but not quite yet
Actually, the 5D MkII shoots a maximum of 12 minutes per clip not per card. A 12 minute clip is a long time for one clip unless you are covering a live continuous event and is a large amount of info for any card based camera.
As for ‘going to an event pointing an average still camera’, remember the Mk II is a pro rig. If you watched the video it is easy to set it up for cinematic style shooting with mattebox follow focus, shoulder brace and so on until the cows come home or you run out of cash. Another thing, there’s nothing ‘dainty’ about a hardened rubberized magnesium camera body.
Daryl I think you and Jim are dead wrong about Mark II users ‘not being taken seriously with a photo camera.’ The industry is currently undergoing a ‘groundquake’ over this thing. Apparently, some major television productions are using these in conjunction with RED cameras and few can tell the difference between the footage.
I do agree as I would like to see this tech go into a dedicated video camera. Canon has definitely heard its users say the same thing but they’re being tight-lipped as to whether they will or not. Personally, I’m digging the fact this thing is hideously ‘modular’. Forget that you can get a 5k camera for less than $3k without lenses, but that you can outfit this rig inexpensively for ENG, Digital Cinema and pull all of that stuff off quickly to capture handheld imagery and if needed shoot 21 megapixel RAW stills is unbelievable.
I think this is more like when the ‘Handycam’ came out. Nobody back then ever considered it would revolutionize video and movie production as well as usher in the independent filmmaking industry. Famous last words like, “That smelly noisy thing will never replace the horse and buggy!” come to mind. If you haven’t watched the video, you should.
The system, its applications and possibilities, in spite of the high resolution imaging, simply does not overwhelm me when I am focused so strongly on pure video production, and looking at HD options as I upgrade from SD. I need not aim so high for the bountiful marketplace I pursue.