5d mark II -VIDEO-

Caleb Stine. “My Service isn’t needed anymore.”

I played around with the video option on the 5d last week, shooting this little video vignette for Caleb. The footage is beautiful. The resolution plays a huge role here, but I think what makes it feel so much like shooting film is the lens selection coupled with the size of the chip. Having come to this place through the video world, I’ve seen so many d.p.’s try endless tricks and gimmicks to try to achieve shallow depth of field on a video camera. It looks like we are finally getting somewhere. On the other end of the spectrum, the biggest drawback I can see so far is operator-ablity. I’m not sure if that’s a word, but I am sure that this dslr is not fun to operate as a video camera. There are more and more toys coming out to make this smoother but it’s becoming gimicky and reminding me that sometimes you can’t have the best of both worlds. For now it remains, for me, primarily a still camera, but I’m excited to shoot more video with it. We’re headed towards exciting and uncertain times in the world of film, video, image making, hybrid [motion and still] photography. Watch it in full HD here.

I also like this little “chip chart” if you will:


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