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  1. As 2012 comes rapidly to a close, it will also marks the end for the Canon 5D MKII.
    Production of this camera will cease and be officially retired from the Canon EOS range.

    News of this posted on the Petapixel website,
    Canon Officially Adds the 5D Mark II to Its Discontinued List
    http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/24/end-of-an-era-canon-officially-adds-the-5d-mark-ii-to-its-discontinued-list/

    The Canon 5d mk II, release Autumn of 2008 provided a Full Frame Sensor DSLR camera with HD recording capability and an interchangable lens system, it was famous for capturing the official portrait of President Obama, the first time ever American Presidential White House photographs were shot on Digital Camera, by official White House photographer Pete Souza in 2009.

    Primarily aimed at photographers who shot video as part of news reportage along with photographs. It would be a photographer by the name of
    Vincent Laforet who would push and test out the video capability on a
    short film called Reverie, that he had jokingly dubbed a cheap aftershave commercial.

    Many of those with a film production background were amazed at
    the quality of image that could be achieved, especially how Vincent
    lit it, when told them he shot it with natural night time lighting, they
    stunned. Even more stunning was that the camera was on auto mode at the time and it held up so well, no one noticed any fluctuation in lighting or image quality.

    Another to take hold of the 5D MkII this time on UK shores was a video
    based cameraman and DOP Philip Bloom, an advocate of using affordable
    tapeless HD cameras with film lenses his preference being Nikon, prior to
    using the 5D MKII. Philip had been using a Sony Xdcam EX1 and EX3 with a Letus 35mm adaptor to get cinematically looking shots, a trademark of his
    production. A regular blogger he was sharing what could be achieved with
    this small camera body and lenses. It was this same camera that got
    him introduced to Star Wars Pioneer George Lucas and Indie filmmaker
    Robert Rodrigues.

    With sites like Vimeo and Youtube sharing content and tips on the 5d mkii,
    many in the filmmaking and video fraternity embraced what in essence was
    a camera that cost half the price of a semi professional camera, but could
    shoot better quality images with an interchangeable lens offering.

    The 5D mk ii image wise didn't have problem, but other areas it did come
    unstuck such poor audio recording, lack of headphone monitoring and sound for many of those in the film/video sector is a key component. Also it could only record video in short bursts and at only 30 fps back then. This has Since been fixed with firmware updates to accommodate 25p and 24p recording and
    manual audio controls.

    But enterprising and creative individuals found ways to overcome these limitations and make
    it work for them. And plethora of companies created a range of accessories
    to accommodate for this such a Zacuto, RedRock Micro,Kessler and many others.

    Cinematographer Shane Hurlburt shot a film with called
    Act Of Valor, showing not only that the Canon 5D MKII was capable of feature length work,but due to its size it could be strapped to a person for great POV angles, that would not have been possible with much larger cameras.

    Gale Tattershall shot an entire episode season finale of US drama "House" and felt confident that is was more that capable and well upto the the rigour of broadcast television production.

    As 2012 marks the retirement of 5D MKII and introduction for the 5D MKIII
    its successor. 2012 maybe the end of the 5D MKII but the beginning of
    a revolution.

    It will interesting to note if many will hold onto theirs as keepsakes
    or mementoes, or trade theirs in for another model. There's always value
    in keeping hold of a little piece of history.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/28/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II_with_50mm_1.4_edit1.jpg/276px-Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II_with_50mm_1.4_edit1.jpg

    Source obama
    http://www.businessinsider.com/2009/1/barack-obamas-photographer-uses-canon

    Source vimeo.com/775431 philip bloom Piccadilly Furs HD
    Sky Shot with Canon 7D, 2x5DmkII and Panasonic GF1
    vimeo.com/8951807
    http://philipbloom.co.uk/2010/01/24/sky/

    http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/

    Act of Valor Ice Cream Truck Sequence
    http://hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2012/05/act-of-valor-workflow/

    Canon Images
    http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_5d_mark_ii credit still

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  2. Celebrating 50 years of LED lighting technology.

    October 2012, marked the an important milestone in LED technology.

    So let sbegin with the man credited with the invention of the Light
    Emitting Diode known as the LED.

    Dr Nick Holonyak is known as the father of LED technology with a patent awarded in 1962, whilst working for General Electric as a consultant.

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  3. Simple DIY Camera strap video that turns your old phone case into a business card holder.
    Step by step instructions here http://unitedbyphotography.com/ubp/896/pimp-your-camera-strap/

    # vimeo.com/52921466 Uploaded 125 Plays 0 Comments
  4. This 99p microphone for dslr cameras give great audio results, the microphone happens to be a computer mic that works perfectly fine with my DSLR camera.

    Read more here http://unitedbyphotography.com/ubp/826/99p-dslr-video-microphone/

    # vimeo.com/51462909 Uploaded 85 Plays 0 Comments
  5. Canon have released various versions of their DSLR that all record Video differently. It would have been great to have just one simple procedure. I take a look at the Canon 5D MKII, 7D, 550D / 600D and 60D respectively.

    In your opinion which is better or easiest does Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony or Olympus offer a better way.

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