A couple of days before he was scheduled to shoot Ben and Sally's wedding, my good mate and photographer James Day received his new 5D Mark II.
With very little prompting, I jumped in my car for a 12 hour round-trip to Coffs Harbour, NSW in an attempt to be (one of) the first in Australia to shoot a wedding video using only the 5D Mark II.
We picked up some ND filters on the way to the wedding and I basically learned how to use the camera as I shot the groom getting ready. Unfortunately the ND filters weren't the correct thread size so I resorted to blu-tacking the filters to the lens. DV Rebel indeed :)
To say this camera has totally blown me away is a huge understatement. It's not without its issues but working around them isn't too difficult.
A few thoughts:
- There's no better feeling than shooting wide open at f1.2
- There's no worse feeling than blowing a shot because you were shooting at f1.2
- Super crushed blacks and blown out highlights are tough to avoid - better to embrace them
- A super steady hand is required (not that I have one), especially with the 85mm 1.2 - it's a very twitchy lens. The 50mm 1.2 is much steadier
- Audio is passable
- A variety of ND filters are a must in order to shoot as wide open as possible
I'm sure there are more things I could mention but it's late and my brain is fading. Hit me up with a message or a comment to find out more.
Lenses used: 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2 & 70-200mm 2.8
Music: Sarah McLachlan "Answer" and Kings of Leon "Use Somebody"
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