I see that Vincent Laforet has a new video on his site that shows off the video prowess of the Canon 5D MarkII (link). Even better than the new sample is a behind the scenes video that shows the MarkII mounted on the steadycam rig. The one comment I made about the whole “video in a DSLR” concept is that it may be nice for folks that are shooting with high-end equipment but I can’t see the benefit for the working pro to switch between photo and video. Can you imagine a wedding photographer like David Ziser running around with his 5D strapped to a steadycam so he can grab some smooth hi-def video in between shots?
I actually got a little hands-on time with the MarkII a couple of weeks ago thanks to my buddy at Canon and I was blown away by the camera itself. It is a remarkable piece of photographic technology. It felt and looked just like the 50D that I have been shooting with recently, except the images are freakin huge and beautiful (not that my 50D images aren’t beautiful, they just aren’t full frame 35mm). The video was also pretty sweet except that, once I picked it up off the table, I had the same problem as the Nikon D90… I am not a steadycam. The video was full of shake from being hand-held. The Image Stabilization does not come in to play in video mode and there is one other thing that I can’t figure out. How do they get those narrow depth of field shots? My Canon guy told me that the camera is sort of on auto-mode so you have to fool it by starting the camera pointed at something dark and by using the exposure compensation feature. The one thing that was suggested to me was that I could use an adapter ring for mounting an older Nikon lens to the camera. The older lenses have external aperture rings so you can manually set the lens to wide open. This is a cool concept although I’m not sure the camera wouldn’t self-destruct when you put a Nikon lens on it.
One other thing that I liked about the video mode that the D90 couldn’t do, it will capture a full-res image while recording and not interrupt the video. Let me take that back. It does create a minimal jump in the video because the shutter has to be used for the still, but it doesn’t require you to restart the video like the D90. I do know one thing, I can’t wait to actually go shooting with one for more than the couple of hours that I had the other day. It is a sweet little rig, even if it does shoot video.
Finally today, I would like to thank Jason over at CanonBlogger for nominating PhotoWalkPro for the Top 8 of 2008 blogs/podcasts. I am very honored to have my blog included. Thanks Jason!