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0 5 underrated cinematic images from “forgotten” cameras

Comment on the forum Some of my favourite images are from cinema cameras and DSLRs from which attention has long since drifted elsewhere! Rest assured some of the older cameras on this list are better than any of the latest and greatest (if not in terms of usability then in terms of having an analogue film-like feel that screams “cinema” and not “digital”). Here are my top 5.

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0 Pictured: Venerable 5D Mark II used on new Mad Max movie

The old 5D Mark II has had an outing on the long-delayed new Mad Max movie as a “semi-disposable stunt camera”. The DSLR was chosen as a proven work-horse crash-cam despite being released way back in 2008. Principal photography for the film completed in December 2012 but ended way over budget and recently underwent various re-shoots, pushing the release date from 2013 to May 2015. The 5D Mark II is a very…

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0 UPDATED: Canon 5D 2K raw feed – 1920×720 possible on 1000x card?

Download sample 2K DNG 24p frame from the hacked 5D Mark III and see the image quality for your own eyes! Recently Magic Lantern had the breakthrough discovery of beautiful pin sharp 2K sensor feed in raw format on the 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III. This completely turns our understanding of DSLR video image quality on its head. Why is the video quality so far from what the…

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0 A chat with filmmaker Jeff Gibbs, Michael Moore’s producer on Bowling For Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11

A few days ago I spoke to Jeff Gibbs, a lifelong friend of Michael Moore, a composer, a producer and a filmmaker in his own right. Most significantly of all, Jeff is also an EOSHD reader!! So last week we had a long transatlantic chat on the phone about filmmaking, DSLRs, 4K and Jeff’s new film. Currently in the edit suite, this is a wry but thoughtful documentary called Planet of…

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0 David Hockney and the Canon 5D Mark II – Exclusive interview with Ted Chau

Above: artist David Hockney at his DSLR video bank For his latest work David Hockney shot video with a rig of nine 5D Mark II DSLRs provided by his fine art printing solutions supplier Ted Chau. The work is for Hockney’s new exhibition currently open at the Royal Academy in London. Similar to his photography and painting – the video piece is a large montage of 18 canvas-like video displays, showing…

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0 Affordable fast wides for the Canon 5D Mark II

Although the Canon 24mm F1.4L and Samyang 24mm F1.4 are superb lenses, the Canon is $1500 and the Samyang $800. Here EOSHD goes hands-on with 4 more affordable fast wides for the 5D Mark II. They are especially cheap if you pick them up used on eBay.

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0 Further GF2, GH2 and Magic Lantern hack technical developments

With the newly released GH2 1.11 hack, the small GF2 is now also hackable. This camera also does 1080/25p inside a 1080i wrapper, and features a similar image processing chip and encoder to the GH2. Could it be a bargain GH2 alternative? EOSHD takes a look. Meanwhile Magic Lantern continues to improve. There’s current a brute force testing approach which according to Alex of Magic Lantern may “unlock many things…

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0 Samyang 24mm F1.4 ED AS IF – Review

As good as Canon’s renowned 24mm F1.4L? From Samyang? Maybe the title of the lens gives us a clue… AS IF. In turns out those misguided initials aren’t such a bad omen but the lens – at $850 / £550 has some price competition from the much cheaper Sigma 24mm F1.8.

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0 Sony NEX 7 – Review

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/36845339[/vimeo] Minimum viewing recommendations: 40″ TV. Download the MP4 file. The NEX 7 is a beautifully designed high end mirrorless camera with probably the most advanced CMOS sensor Sony have ever produced. As a stills camera it is superb (if you don’t mind adapting glass and manually focussing – because the current E-mount lens range is somewhat limited). But does it topple the Panasonic GH2 and Canon 5D Mark II…

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0 Revealed – How to get clean ISO 6400 and 12,800 low light video on the GH2 and 5D Mark II

1080p frame at ISO 12,800 from the GH2 – click to enlarge The GH2 is the best low light DSLR. It is a myth it cannot compete with the FS100 or Canon C300. I am currently experimenting a lot with my GH2 and Nikon J1. I’ve seen some new opportunities with these… With the GH2 I am refunding my techniques for getting cinematic extreme low light at ISO 12,800 and…

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0 A bit of Christmas fun – mini shootout and name the camera!

You might remember last week Philip Bloom posted shots from the C300, F3, GH2, 5D Mark II and 4 other cameras as a prelude to the test he is doing and that is the inspiration for this bit of Christmas fun. Here I’ve put 5 cameras up against each other for how well they resolve detail and the clarity of their video output. The results may surprise you. And not only am…

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0 EOSHD tests the new Magic Lantern Unified on 5D Mark II

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/34061409[/vimeo] Follow Magic Lantern’s progress on Twitter here Get the current public Magic Lantern Unified for your 600D, 60D and 550D Thanks to Alex of Magic Lantern I have been testing an advanced beta (not yet public) of the new Magic Lantern Unified on the 5D Mark II. This version takes all the features of the latest 600D / 60D version and ports them to the 5D Mark II, including…

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0 Canon 600D and latest Magic Lantern hack to bring adjustable frame rates & HDR video

Download the latest Magic Lantern How to: Install Magic Lantern I am really impressed with the way the Canon DSLR hack – Magic Lantern – has recently been progressing. Enabling video on cameras that didn’t have a video mode is a miracle in itself! (50D). Putting all the settings into a menu system on the camera rather than in a Windows app like PTools with the GH2 hack – also…

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0 Canon 5D Mark II price dips under $2000

Get the Canon 5D Mark II at Adorama for $1999 This is really tumbling now. I think there has been around 4 price drops in the last week on the 5D Mark II. Now it is at $1999 for the first time. That is cheaper than some 2nd hand bodies on eBay.

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13 Hell and Back Again is Oscars 2011 listed for Best Documentary Feature

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/28912003[/vimeo] I have always believed a film shot on a DSLR would one day win an Oscar. Shot in Afghanistan on the 5D Mark II by Danfung Dennis – Hell and Back Again – seems to be going all the way. It is one of just 15 documentaries which will advance to the final shortlist vote for the Oscars 2011. The feature length documentary has long been known by us…

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4 Anti-moire and aliasing filter for the 5D Mark II – is it any good?

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/29069158[/vimeo] Buy the Mosaic Engineering VAF-5D2 Anti-Aliasing Filter for $385 The biggest issue with Canon DSLRs is the rainbows – I don’t so much mind the lack of resolving power relative the GH2, sometimes a softer image is more organic and cinematic. Certainly when you project the footage on a big screen and sit back, it looks detailed enough yet organic. Quite unlike on an LCD monitor. The worst thing…

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12 EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide updated!

Click here for details of the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide – 2nd Edition It’s been just over 6 months now since the launch of my first book about anamorphic shooting on DSLRs and in that time almost 1000 people have bought it – so first of all a big thank you to those that chose to adventure with me into anamorphic. Since the book is still popular I’ve decided to…

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63 Which is best for low light? Sony NEX 5N or NEX 7 and A77?

(Click the ISO 12,800 sample image above to enlarge to 1:1). Original samples from http://www.imaging-resource.com Will Sony’s decision to put 24MP in the NEX 7 and A77 backfire? It certainly seems so. The mid-range 16MP NEX 5N has by far the better image quality at high ISOs despite being half the price. It’s the Fuji F31fd of DSLRs!

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25 Full frame or 5K – which is best?

The full frame sensor and 5K are the biggest technical innovations of the current era of digital video, but which makes the biggest difference to the image? Should we all be upgrading to 5K and clamouring for 4K on our APS-C DSLRs? Or will a modestly upgraded full frame 5D Mark III 1080p video mode be more significant for the image?

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1 New post at Converge on DSLR stealth factor

Click here for my post at Converge I keep hearing squeaks from an industry creaking under the weight of heavy professional gear, proclaiming that DSLRs will never last and that people will all move onto heavy and expensive digital cinema cameras. Rubbish!

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0 How engineering can triumph over marketing, a solution

ABOVE: Lumix GH2 team members at Panasonic With the 5D Mark 3 expected to have 30+ Megapixels, we are seeing video DSLRs severely compromised by densely packed sensors with poor light gathering abilities. Even camera phones are racing upward with 14Mp on a tiny sensor producing terrible results.

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0 Sony F3 has 4 times light gathering ability of 5D Mark II

The Sony F3 will have a dedicated Super 35 video sensor with huge pixels – can DSLRs compete? With news from Sony that the F3 has a built anew Exmor Super 35 2k sensor unrelated to DSLRs comes an interesting dilemma for DSLR users. I’ve been doing some research into the pixel sizes (and light gathering ability) of the leading video DSLRs.

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0 Century Optics anamorphic viewfinder hood for DSLRs

Buy on eBay from London based Cinematographer, big version (ex-BBC stock) A few months back I said to Steve Weiss in an email, come up with an anamorphic version of the Z-Finder so we could have a true 2.35:1 screen in our eye while shooting. Well it turns out there is already such a product and it was made by Century for the BBC. Zacuto and others are not yet…

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2 Shooting anamorphic 2.35:1 productions on the 5D Mark II, an interview with Holscope Productions

[vimeo]17749667[/vimeo] Earlier this year EOSHD has varying degrees of success with the Canon 5D Mark II and Panasonic LA7200 anamorphic adapter – variable between unusable and not very good. I found the adapter worked best on the Panasonic GH1, where I was able to achieve an extremely wide angle with it. Typically for an anamorphic however, it still did not work well with shallow depth of field at fast apertures…

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0 Where is the 35mm full frame 2 megapixel DSLR?

Canon have a trick up their sleeve, but so far we have no sign of it coming out. If released, this video DSLR would have 6x the low light performance of even the Nikon D3S and twice as much resolution as the 5D Mark II in video mode. Read on to find out how this is possible… The first generation of full HD capable DSLRs – Canon 5D Mark II,…

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1 Cinema EOS – The Glance

[vimeo]14534844[/vimeo] Here is a short video inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann. I was dissatisfied with the first edit of Shadow Glance last year so have re-done it. This is a mixture of old 5D Mark II 30p footage and Panasonic GH1 24p footage and I like the re-edit much more now.

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1 Canon 5D Mark II on the set of world’s first 3D porn film

[vimeo]14208507[/vimeo] Today DSLR News Shooter reports on the latest adult entertainment industry goings on! (No… I didn’t expect it either) AFP man and British DSLR shooter Ed Jones ended up on a porn shoot with his trusty 5D Mark II and a Sony wireless mic or two. It was a professional assignment.

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0 Canon plot their next move in the DSLR video revolution

What do senior Canon product planners think of DSLR video? EOSHD.com has rounded up a ‘state of the union’ collection of the latest Canon quotes, from the people who make big decisions. These guys decide company strategy and channel customer requests from key markets like the USA to Research & Development back in Japan. Like a true democracy, Canon say that what happens next will depend on what customers ask…

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0 Buyer’s Guide – Canon 5D Mark II or Panasonic GH1?

One of the biggest ownership dilemmas I ever had was between these two cameras. I loved the silky smooth shallow depth of field image from the 5D Mark II and the fun factor of the very usable Panasonic GH1. The low light performance of the 5D Mark II was completely absent of banding and colours looked incredible on a big screen. The GH1 had a significant cost and handling advantage…

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1 Exclusive interview with cinematographer Rob McLachlan ASC/CSC – Part 1

EOSHD has in the last few days been talking to Human Target and Final Destination Director of Photography Rob McLachlan about the Panasonic GH1 and HDSLR shooting. Robert McLachlan ASC,CSC is a leading cinematographer based in Vancouver. Rob shot 1st unit on Final Destination, Dragonball Evolution and Fox’s network TV show Human Target. McLachlan has also completed technically ambitious 2nd unit cinematography work on The Golden Compass and additional photography…

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0 Canon shoot own TV advertising campaign on EOS cameras

Canon, rather unsurprisingly you might say, are using the 5D Mark II combined with the 550D and full HD super-zoom Powershot, the SX210 to film their own TV advertising campaign. The campaign is in the format of ‘stories’ about photographers and artists, and is set throughout Europe, beginning in Italy. I don’t think it’ll be as good as the one currently airing in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan about the…

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0 HDSLR Wiki Launches

EOSHD.com presents the HDSLR Wiki – an invaluable resource for the creative HDSLR video shooter or the professional cinematographer!* EOSHD today introduces a new feature of the site, one which I hope shooters will find helpful in days to come (especially those new to video on HDSLRs). The HDSLR Wiki at wiki.eoshd.com

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1 The death of full frame in video land?

As the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D3S show, full frame may be winning now – but do we really need it? Rise of the compact High Sensitivity sensors Recently I was comparing sample photos from the Canon G11 to the Panasonic GF1, I found that at ISO 3200 the G11 was almost matching the GF1 for resolution, detail, colour and noise simply through virtue of having a very…