Jim, Actually, the 5D MkII

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Jim,

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.

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