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Old June 28th, 2009, 02:01 PM   #1
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Another example of the 5D Mark II as a game changer

I am a bar/bat mitzvah photographer (among my many hats) and last night, with my 5D Mark II in tow (as a backup to my 1Ds Mark III), I happened upon One Of Those Moments. Read on...

A Priceless Bat Mitzvah Moment | Steve Maller Photography
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Old June 28th, 2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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I love the sparkles in the dresses. Did you do any special filter or processing to get those so pronounced?
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Old June 28th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #3
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I love the sparkles in the dresses. Did you do any special filter or processing to get those so pronounced?
Thanks. I literally did nothing. Transcoded to ProRes using Compressor, imported to FCP6, dropped a fade in and a fade out, then saved with the H.264 setting in Compressor, using 50% reduction in frame size and a max data rate of 2,000. Everything else was defaults.

This was shot handheld on the 5D Mark II with the 1.1.0 firmware. Built-in audio, too. I was at ISO 3200 (I believe) and 1/30 at f1.4 on the Canon EF 35mm 1.4 L lens.A truly magic piece of glass.
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Nice! There are moments that video can capture that photos simply can't- especially when relating to audio.

Btw, do you feel that more photographers are getting into video or vice versa (videographers getting into photography) as a result of this camera?
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Nice! There are moments that video can capture that photos simply can't- especially when relating to audio.

Btw, do you feel that more photographers are getting into video or vice versa (videographers getting into photography) as a result of this camera?
Good question. I can't speak from the perspective of a videographer. Although I do a lot of video work, it's generally studio-type stuff, as opposed to run-and-gun work that would be a more logical overlap with the 5D Mark II. That said, even that type of work has many advantages with the 5D Mark II. I had a recent job across the country to do some documentary work, and rather than schlep my Canon XL2 and associated gear, I decided to take a chance and shoot it all on the 5D Mark II. And it was a huge success. The client loved what they got, and I was very happy.

With respect to the still photographer's perspective, I definitely think there are great opportunities. The major challenge is delivery, as a traditional DVD is really a poor showcase for what this camera will do. I'm finding that delivering a CD of 720P Quicktime videos is a good vehicle. But this is definitely in flux. I also enjoy showing off my work on my iPod Touch. I am also finding this as a "value add" as opposed to a new item on the price list. It's a nice competitive advantage, but most consumers are somewhat uninformed (understandably so) as to the value inherent in cinematic video coverage.
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