Since its release three years ago, Canon's EOS 5D Mark II has been the most sought out digital SLR for photographers everywhere. But it's also becoming a favorite amongst cinematographers, thanks to its compact size and high-def video recording mode, seeing action in everything from independent features to Hollywood blockbusters and even big network TV shows.
Vincent Laforet shot this beautiful narrative short film in less than 72 hours, amazingly, without any pre-production time. It's said to have "...created a storm of curiosity about the potential of the EOS 5D Mark II." And now that you've seen it, go behind the scenes with Laforet as he talks about how the shots were lit, how the camera was rigged, why certain lenses were used, and how it was edited.
Since our Canon 5D World is just starting out, there's not a lot of activity in the forum. If you have a question about your 5D or 5D Mark II, then ask away. But there are other communities on the Web that already have great information from its members. Hopefully, the Canon 5D World forum will be just as helpful to everyone, but for now, here are some of the best forums on the Internet that can help you with Canon's EOS 5D and 5D Mark II cameras.
This short film was shot entirely on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR. It's called The Last 3 Minutes and was directed by Po Chan, and shot by cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC. The main character is a janitor, whose life is kind of mundane. At least, that's what it seems like, but as the story develops, many layers of interesting happenings are revealed. Scenes were shot in both 24 and 30fps, and they used Canon L Series prime lenses, using great depth of field. Lenses used in the making were:
Welcome to Canon 5D World. Alright, let's face it... there's not much in here right now, but hopefully one day this World will be the go-to destination for anyone with questions on their Canon 5D or 5D Mark II. Maybe the Canon 5D Mark III, if it ever comes to that.
This guy has a lot of great videos. He likes to promote his audio recorder windscreen products a bunch, but if you don't pay attention to that... He's got over 20 short videos of footage from his Canon 5D Mark II, which is sometimes mesmerizing, sometimes boring, but overall a decent place to see what kind of video the Mark II can capture.
This isn't directly Canon-related, but I couldn't resist the look of these cute PetaPixel Camera stickers. Only $5!
Camera manufacturers release new versions of the same cameras, mostly point-and-shoot models, as frequently as Detroit's auto industry upgrades minivans. They also add new lenses regularly, upgrading previous models with adjusted zoom ranges or the image stabilization feature. The same goes for tripods, portable flashes and even camera bags.
Before jumping right into becoming the next James Neely or Moose Peterson, you're going to have get situated with your new digital SLR. No matter if you purchased the Canon EOS 5D Mark II body and lens separately or together, you've got everything you need to get started except the CompactFlash (CF) card. If you plan on shooting in RAW or capturing HD video, I suggest getting an 8GB or larger CF card. If you can afford it, maybe even opt for a high-speed UDMA card.
Once you get past the initial quick start setup of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, capturing pictures in auto mode is a breeze. But what do you do after you've snapped those photos? This quick guide will show you the easy steps to viewing your images directly on the camera.
It's no secret that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is being used in low-budget indie films, as well as big blockbuster movies from Hollywood. But it's also become a staple for television commercials.
The manual that's included with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a great starting point for learning the camera, but it's definitely not the only place you should be getting your information from if you intend to master your 5D Mark II. If you don't have the manual, you can download a copy of it here from Canon's website. It's great for learning the basics of the camera, but sometimes it can be vague and hard to follow. In order to capture the full potential of the 5D Mark II, you need to go a lit...