The Good Stuff

For the many of you that were wondering ... this is how you eat a rabbit head.

Amonst other things: this was a very quick test of the new Canon C100. And by quick, I mean "quick!" Although this is a relatively fun and simple video, due to some strange sensitivity from the restaurant, this video was filmed in under an hour. However, I wanted to use the product directly out-of-box with the smallest amount of accessories possible and given the small time frame to shoot, this experiment worked quite well.

The interview with Chef Su was shot using a Sony Wireless Lav direct into camera; all other audio, including pop quotes and nat sound were recorded using the camera's internal microphone. Although the main interview was on sticks, all other shots were hand held with no stabilization device.

There is a live comparison with the Canon 5D Mark III throughout the video with the introductory dolly shot as well as with the multicam tight shots during the interview with Chef Su.

I found the C100's Wide DR color profile was extremely effective. Particularly during a quick customer interview at 2:40 into a bright window where the window did not blow out while maintaining correct exposure on the interviewee's face indoors.

I've used the camera on a couple other projects now which are in post production; however, this was my first test on a live solo, editorial shoot where time was a factor, in shooting, editing and publishing. The size of the camera makes it extremely easy to work with and its low light performance in the restaurant setting was excellent.

In post, I also noticed how much sharper the image from the C100 was compared to the 5D Mark III.

I'm finishing a much larger test of this camera on a project in Burma, which the first section of the project will publish Monday, April 22.

For the New York Times' version of this video see: "When Dinner Has a Gleam in Its Eye"

(Smallest) KIT LIST (in a long time):
Canon C100
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24mm f/1.4 L USM
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L USM
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L USM
Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly
Sachtler Ace Tripod
Cineroid LED


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