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Short film shot with Canon 5D Mark II

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New York-based photographer Vincent Laforet got his hands on a pre-release version of the new Canon 5D Mark II DSLR that includes an option to record HD video.

He wasn’t initially supposed to be one of the select few photographers who got to test it out before the camera was officially announced but he managed to talk his way into having it for the weekend. The catch? He had to produce a video and series of stills “completely independent of Canon”, so no budget at all, and Canon would have the rights to use any of it if they liked it.

Deal and he got the camera for the weekend.

The video that resulted from his testing is stunning. It’s hard to believe that it was shot entirely on a DSLR but it was–the Canon 5D Mark II and a few lenses.

Laforet calls it a potential “gaming changer” and breaks it down into list of reasons:

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.

Without further ado, check out the video for yourself here and see what you think.

To read more of Laforet’s story of testing out the 5D Mark II, check it out here in his blog.

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Carl Zeiss announces two Canon lenses

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Carl Zeiss has announced two Canon-friendly lenses that don’t require a special adapter to make them fit.

The Planar T 1.4/50 ZE ($660) and 1.4/85 ZE ($1,770) are 100% physically and electronically compatible with Canon’s EF mount and should be available in a few months and additional models expected to follow.

[Via Gizmodo]


Canon officially announces 5D Mark II

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Waiting for official word on an upgrade to Canon’s excellent 5D DSLR? Your wait is over–meet the 5D Mark II.

Features of the 5D Mark II include:

  • 21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • ISO range of 100 – 6400 with expanded range of 50 – 25,600
  • Able to shoot 3.9 fps
  • 6 autofocus points plus 6 autofocus assist points
  • 98% coverage viewfinder
  • 3-inch LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings
  • Live View
  • Able to record full HD 1920 x 1080 video and stereo audio for up to 4GB per clip
  • Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System to work with new full-frame sensor
  • Uses CF Card Type I and II
  • HDMI output
  • Compatible with EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories

Some may grumble at the HD video feature but I suspect it may be like Live View–purists will complain but some will secretly be thankful it’s there for occasions where they just can’t get their eye behind the viewfinder. There will be times the ability to record HD video clips with audio will come in handy too.

Look for the 5D Mark II to be available at the end of November and go for $2,699 for the body only or $3,499 with a new EF 24 – 105mm f/1.4L II USM lens.

For more info check out the product page here.


Canon 5D Mark II announcement coming on September 17th?

According to some translated info German photography magazine website Kamera & Bild, Canon will be announcing the replacement to their current 5D camera, the 5D Mark II.

It’s not clear where they’re getting that info but I’ll assume for now that it’s accurate, so look for more info on the rumored 5D Mark II next Wednesday.

[Via Photography Bay]


Canon posts teaser site for upcoming DSLR announcement

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Canon has posted a new teaser website that shows a camera in front of the moon, each heavily shadowed so just rough shapes can be made out, accompanied by the text “Destined EVOLUTION”.

A sure sign of an upcoming 5D Mark II announcement? Many believe so.

No more info is known at this point, but look for more to come out in the next week or two.

Check out the teaser yourself here if you’re interested.

[Via Gizmodo]


Canon releases firmware update for EOS Rebel XSi

Canon yesterday announced that a new firmware was available for their EOS Rebel XSi DSLR, version 1.0.9.

This update:

  • Fixes a phenomenon in which AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) shooting does not operate normally under specific conditions.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the Live View exposure simulation warning indication does not properly display during Live View shooting.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which images cannot be played back after continuous shooting when a printer is connected to the camera or a video output terminal is used.

For more information or to download the update, check out this page.

[Via Photography Bay]


Canon 5D Mark II already in the hands of some media outlets?

According to some new Canon rumor info, two new DSLR’s will be announced at Photokina and one will almost certainly be the highly anticipated 5D Mark II.

A poster in the in the DPR forum says that “production units of the 5D replacement have already been shipping to some long-lead media outlets under NDA so the can get their reviews lined-up for the day the embargo lifts.”

So if one of the cameras is the 5D Mark II what with the other be?

Photography Bay believes that it could be the 7D, but we’ll see by the time Photokina opens on September 23rd. If you’re in the market for a budget DSLR, neither of these would be it with the price possibly starting around $2,000 for the 7D and $3,500 for 5D Mark II.

[Via Photography Bay]


Specs of Canon 5D Mark II leaked?

Although Canon hasn’t officially announced the 5D Mark II DSLR, rumors of it have been around for a while and if Canon Rumors source is correct here are the camera’s features:

  • 21.1 megapixel full-frame sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • ISO range of 100 – 6400 L:50 & H:12800
  • Able to shoot 5fps
  • 3.2 inch high resolution LCD
  • 19 point AF
  • HDMI out
  • Live View
  • Able to record HD movies
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Full weather sealing
  • Only compatible with Canon EF lenses

I’m sure the 5D Mark II is coming, but are those the specs? We’ll see…

[Via Gizmodo]


Canon officially announces EOS 50D

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Canon today officially announced the EOS 50D, a new DSLR camera that looks to bring professional features to the hands of consumers.

Now, that’s not to say that it’s an inexpensive camera–it is still a DSLR, after all, but relatively speaking the price of $1,399 for the camera body only or $1,599 with a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens.

Features of the 50D will include:

  • 15.1 megapixel sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • ISO range of 100 – 12800
  • 3-inch LCD with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution
  • 9 cross-type AF sensors
  • Face detection able to find up to 35 faces in a shot
  • Able to shoot up t 6.3 fps for bursts of up to 90 Large/Fine JPEGs or 16 RAW images
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer to analyze the brightness of subjects and automatically adjust dark images to help them appear brighter
  • High-performance viewfinder with 0.95x magnification
  • Creative Full Auto setting to allow the user to make adjustments while still in automatic mode
  • Live View mode
  • Two small RAW formats, sRAW1 and sRAW2
  • Improved Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit and new fluorine coating on the low-pass filter for better dust resistance
  • HDMI output

Look for it to hit in October.

[Via Photography Bay]


New Canon 50D leaks on Canon China website

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Looks like one of Canon’s upcoming DSLR’s has been leaked thanks to their website in China. Oops.

The upcoming 50D DSLR will include:

  • 15.1 megapixel sensor
  • 14-bit DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 3-inch LCD with VGA resolution
  • 9-segment AF/AE sensor array
  • 95% viewfinder
  • ISO range of 100 – 3200 with an expanded range of 6400 – 12800
  • Face recognition
  • Able to shoot 6.3 fps
  • Built-in image stabilization
  • HDMI output

The link revealing the camera has since been taken down so you won’t be able to find it on Canon’s website at this point but looks like we can expect an official announcement in the next few weeks.

[Via Gizmodo]