Not to jump on the bandwagon of videos with no substance, but here is a quick Canon 5D Mark II test. So far, it is not that bad. Having trouble with aperture settings, but I will figure something out. I am already sick of the ambient music with no natural sound test clip genre. So I will add one with limited natural sound and some Oklahoma hardcore from I Resign.
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.4
Mic: Sennheiser ME66
Adapter box: Beachtek DXA-8
Just some quick thoughts and demonstration of the 5D Mark II exposure functionality and short comings as well as audio with IS on/off.
It by no means is a demo for video quality sake…More so to show how the exposure works with it’s shortcomings. I intentionally shot it with harsh light in order to better demonstrate.
I have a write-up on my blog if interested. I plan to continue testing and add observations there. Thanks again for taking the time to view.
I finally got my MARK II Canon.... the camera that has been causing quite a stir lately as the must have for all E.D.S.B.V. Finally getting my hands on the actual camera and spending a day trying to get use to handling it, i conclude that it can never be a replacement for a true blue videocamera. Low angle and high angle shots are hard to achieve as the LCD does no flip up or down. So, if you want to shoot something creatively be prepared to go belly all the way ground zero! In addition be prepared for ROLLING SHUTTER WOBBLE or JELLO from the CMOS which will be obvious with hand held shots as you will notice in some parts of the clip. Anyway, my idea was to put it to a test and i am not bothered with the ROLLING issues anyway.
Bright sunlight, no hood practically impossible to see, shoot or focus. So, you have to improvise and smack a cap or a hoodman over it in such situations. (or buy one of those plastic hoods for the LCD made in CHINA that goes on to the viewfinder)
There is practically nothing you can do in terms of control when you are shooting video with this camera except shoot awesome low light video, FULL HD quality, great shallow depth of field and take great photos at the same time.
The only adjustment you have access, is the exposure compensation. So, if you plan to shoot videos with it, do remember to get manual ring aperture lenses so you can manually stop up or down via the actual lenses for more control of your shots. With some manipulations there is a possibility to tamper with ISO as well as SHUTTER SPEED of which you will probably already find on some Vimeo clips.
The other great thing is the ability to adjust your saturation, sharpness which is more or less the equivalent of our so called picture profiles found on our video cameras that can give your videos that MOVIE LOOKS MARK II feel.
The .MOV files H264 is hard to edit on VEGAS, EDIUS, AVID LIQUID, ADOBE PREMIER PRO unless you use proxy, intermediary or spend money getting cineform NEO HD, The video posted on vimeo here was done on a MAC with FCE which naturally handle the .mov files better. Though, i will be honest and tell you it's still not a breeze and it's only very much just.. cut, trim and paste..