My friends Lucas, Sanaz, Jeff and I spent 5 days in Tokyo, 2 days in Kyoto in March of 2010. We tried to time it in sync with Sakura, and got there right as it began. My awesome friend Saiko, who lives in Roppongi Tokyo, met up with us and showed us a great time.

This was my first serious outing with my 5D MKII and let me tell you, it was not easy. This camera is amazing when you have your shots set up, but being on-the-go it was like guerrilla film making 101. Having to manually adjust everything and compensate for changes in environment was a quick way to get very intimate with the camera, and I'm happy with the results.

The firmware to allow 24p was released the day before I left. I had been counting down the days and I think the results speak for themselves.

This is by all means a vacation video, so unless you were there some of this footage may not be very exciting. I've thought about going back through and re-cutting a shorter version with the highlights.

The gear I had on me at all times:

- Manfrotto 732CY Carbon Tripod
- Manfrotto 700RC2 Fluid Tripod Head
- GlideTrack DSLR
- Canon 5D MKII Body
- Canon 50mm f/1.4
- Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS

I'd say 80-90% of the video was shot using the 24-105mm since it allowed me to quickly go wide or close for stills and video. When I had time to set up a shot I switched to the 50mm for shorter depth.

Shot/edited in 1080p using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 on Windows 7 x64.

The only downside to making a cool vacation video is that I'm only in it for about 20 seconds total :)

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