Is this for real?! Canon EOS 5D MKII Video Footage

2 10 2008

Wow. If this is really what the video footage shot with the new Canon EOS 5D MKII DSLR looks like then it’s pretty astounding. Canon and Vincent Laforet are putting explicit statements out there that there is no post production or altering of these images. Thanks to Ash for the heads-up. Click for the video.

Obviously Vincent Laforet is an experienced professional photographer, but he has discussed this camera with a pro editor and is pretty blown away. Just read his comments on his blog

“1. The 5D MKII camera produces the best stills in low light that I’ve ever seen – what you can see with you eye in the worst light (such as sodium-vapor street lights at 3 a.m. in Brooklyn) – this camera can capture it with ease.

2. It produces the best video in low light that I’ve ever seen – at 1080p.   A top commercial film editor who  who regularly edits RED camera footage – and has seen the raw footage from the 5D MKII – says the 5D MKII is “far superior to the RED camera” in terms of low light performance…

3. You can use your prime and zoom lenses from your Canon still cameras with it – and shoot wide open… so you can shoot films with fisheye lenses, 50mm 1.2 as well as the 200mm f2 or 400mm 2.8 that you may already own…

4. This camera is so easy to use – that you can work incredibly quickly, mostly handheld – without a huge production – and using natural light – ergo you don’t need a huge budget and tons of preparation anymore… forget the lighting trucks and generators that take up entire city blocks…

5. This camera will sell for approx. $2,700 – and perform better than many $100K plus video cameras out there…

6. Photojournalists in particular – will be able to take full advantage of this camera’s strengths – because they are used to walking into any room, and finding the best natural “available light” in the room – or knowing how to add a single light source to make it pop… they are used to working quickly and with small or no budgets… which is something this camera is begging you to do…

It has the potential to change our industry.”

OK it costs £2299 without a lens, and as you can see below, Vincent has used a number of expensive lenses to shoot with. But still, this price is not bad for a high level DSLR and HD Camera, but if the quality of the images and low light shooting are as good as this, then combined with the lens interchangeability then it’s astounding. It’s kind of taken the wind out of Nikon’s sails.

As explained on the Canon site –

“This video was shot with a pre-production Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR. The files used to create this video were not manipulated in any way, only re-compressed for ¼ resolution display on our website. To view Vincent Laforet’s comments and behind-the-scenes video on the making of REVERIE, please visit his blog:

Uncompressed, Full-Resolution Sample Video Clips
To download and view three uncompressed, full-resolution sample video clips from REVERIE, please click here.

Sample Photographs
The CDLC has posted a gallery of in-camera JPEGS shot by Mr. Laforet during the making of REVERIE. Click here to view the gallery.


EF Lenses used in the making of REVERIE:
FD 7.5mm f/5.6 (converted to EF mount)
EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
EF 135mm f/2L USM
EF 200mm f/1.8L USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L
TS-E 45mm f/2.8

Video ©2008 Laforet Visuals Inc.”

Now that I’ve had a little time to check out more details, the camera appears to be able to shoot video in raw format. This should be great news for people doing compositing as the lack of compression will enable smoother keys. Also the raw ability should give a greater control over exposure in post production. The biggest problem is that the video frame rate is set at 30 FPS!!! Oh why can’t there be a 25FPS PAL Mode. Hopefully soon this can be sorted out for the european market. The terrible auto exposure jumping which is present on the D90 is not apparent in this footage, which gives a much smoother exposure change. Still some jumping is evident, but only slight and should only cause minor problems. Look at the tilt down the building to see it in action. 

Links to check out.




2 responses

6 10 2008
Jeff Whitley

We were really excited about the project and what Vincent had actually accomplished. Impressed so much so that we were able to coordinate a podcast interview with Vincent and also get a Q&A session to boot.

Very interesting!!

We really enjoyed the whole process, was fun hope you enjoy!

20 01 2009
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