Sometimes it's tough to get your daily dose of epicness, especially when you have a regular daytime job to do. On this sunny Tuesday morning I got up and on my mountainbike to fill up on endorphin before I go to work.
This is a thrown together piece of footage I took with Canon's new 1Dmk4 which I had the chance to have a play with for a few days thanks to Ben Walton from Team Digital in Perth Western Australia.
I was off on True North again to capture some highlights of their Sydney Rocks cruise for New Years. I packed the 5Dmk2 and of course the Brand Spanking New 1Dmk4.
The pressure was on on two levels. One to shoot some nice footage for the owners of True North and Two to do justice to Canon's new super camera. Unfortunately no one told the weather to play ball and it was a dull grey dreary few days in Sydney.
Of course this is great for even light but if your trying to sell beds on boats blue sky wins out everytime. I alternated between the two camera's so I have more footage from this trip but I wanted to show only 1D footage in this edit.
I couldn't really distinguish between the footage of
the two cameras but noticed that the 1Dmk4 footage looked a little softer than the 5D. Maybe it was due to a smaller sensor and shooting 24p. Don't really know but it made me want to favor the 5D more.
The low light capabilities seemed no better than the 5D and as soon as I see noise in my footage I tend not to push the ISO anymore. At around 400 ISO on both cameras the noise to me became unacceptable but a proper test with both cameras in a studio set up would tell the story better.
Would I buy a 1Dmk4 over a 5Dmk2 if it was just to shoot video? Probably not. This was not a true opportunity to test the camera as I had a job to do and stuffing around was not an option. I'll get another chance with this camera in the next few days so maybe I'll set up some better tests.
Enjoy this for what it is. It's not my best work but at least those of you who are looking at this camera may have a better informed decision if considering buying one.
Gear used included 1Dmk4, 5Dmk2, Canon lenses TS-E 17mm f/4, 24mm f1.4, 85mm f/1.2, 400mm f/5.6, Filters etc etc......
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New Years on Sydney Harbour is a pretty special night and I was asked to join True North for the 4 day Sydney Rocks cruise. The boat cruises Sydney Harbour and moors in prime position to watch the most spectacular fireworks in Australia. It also takes in the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on the previous trip to this one. Both days are an awesome experience but thats not all you do.
The boat also travels up the Hawkesbury to visit an amazing river system. From there there are a number of activities on offer from scenic flights to the Blue Mountains for lunch, horse riding, quad biking, and kayaking to name a few. Not to mention visiting an Oyster farm and savoring the culinary delights of this impressive region.
It was another great trip for me and I tirelessly worked into the wee small hours collating and converting my footage. Ok I may of had the odd drink but hey it was New Years.
Used all my Canon gear including the 1Dmk4 and 5D mk2.
"To thee I'll return, overburdened with care;
The heart's dearest solace will smile on me there;
No more from that cottage again will I roam;
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."
John Howard Payne.