1. Canon XF300 - Church Lighting


    from Al Woodard Films / Added

    Just one more shot clip here showing average church lighting on a dark cloudy afternoon. All footage was shot at 0db gain and 70-80% zoomed in. Lighting is a mixture of tungsten and daylight through stained glass.

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    • Canon XF300 / XF305 Rig


      from Cinevate / Added

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      We've kitted up a Canon XF300 and XF305 rig for shoulder mounting and serious film-making. Canon was nice enough to send us this one to test out our .5 pitch focus gear and we couldn't help falling in love with the camera. The rig adjusts in every axis, and the counter-balance can be filled to precisely counter the front load. More info available at http://www.cinevate.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=248

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      • Nature Footage shot with the Canon XF305


        from Doug Jensen / Added

        This is some of the footage I shot while testing the camera and creating demonstration footage for use in Vortex Media's 3.5 hour "Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders" training DVD. Most of the footage was shot with the 1920x1080 50MBps 30P video configuration. Please see Vortex Media's 3.5 hour "Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders" training DVD for more information. http://www.VortexMedia.com/DVD_XF305.html http://www.VortexMedia.com

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        • The Zebra from Drew Gardner's 'The Forest' series


          from drew gardner / Added

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          At last it is here The Zebra Video in full by the Bui Brothers All shot on Canon 5dMkII's and a Canon Xf305 I'm very pleased with it I hope you enjoy it Watch out for the weirdo in a wig at the end

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          • Slo-Mo Water-skiing with the Canon XF305


            from Doug Jensen / Added

            These are some shots I did with the Canon XF305 to test the Slow-Motion capabilities of the camcorder. Everything was shot in about 30 minutes at dusk. All but a couple of shots were done at 60fps with the 24P 1280x720 50Mbps 4:2:2 video configuration. Please see Vortex Media's 3.5 hour "Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders" training DVD for more information. http://www.vortexmedia.com/DVD_XF305.html http://www.VortexMedia.com

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            • Canon XF300 - Butterfly Garden


              from Al Woodard Films / Added

              Since XF300 footage seems to be very slowly trickling onto Vimeo, I'm posting this clip to show that you can in fact get a great bokeh with a 1/3" chip. This footage was shot from 10 feet away with ND2 & f/4.0. This is only my second day with the camera. I sold my Sony EX1 to "downgrade" to this camera and so far I could not be happier. Strong points in favor of the XF300 over the EX1 are: much better color accuracy, balanced weight, long range IS, better LCD & Viewfinder, cleaner signal at 9+ gain. I shot over 500 hours with my EX1 over the past 2 years, and after two days with this camera, I do not miss it. As an added bonus, the colors on the XF300 match very closely with the 5D/7D DSLRs when shooting and cutting together in the edit.

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              • Drew Gardner Zebra Shoot Teaser


                from drew gardner / Added

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                Here is a quick teaser, shot by the Bui Brothers from my latest 'Forest' shoot The full video will be up by the end of the month This is mainly shot on the remarkable Canon XF305 with the Canon 5d MII playing its part too I'm thrilled with the super slow mo of Jay running shot by Lan Bui on a Steadicam

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                • MacRitchie - Canon XF305


                  from Tengo / Added

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                  A short film made from test footages of Canon XF305 video camera, shot at MacRitchie Reservoir in Singapore. Settings ====== - 1080p25 50Mbps - Cine V picture profile - Everything else default Footages are largely ungraded except to correct some exposures. Colour is what you get from camera. Impressions ======== Lens ----- The label on the lens speaks volume: "Canon HD Video Lens 18xZOOM 4.1-73.8mm L IS 1:1.6-2.8 82mm" with a nice red L lens stripe. Excellent lens. While I felt JVC HM700's Canon 14x lens falls a little short on the telephoto end, I didn't feel so with the 18x on XF305. The images are sharp and very little chromatic aberration is noticed. There appears to be some barrel distortion at the corners at the widest end as can be seen in the timelapse scene. Focusing ---------- Despite its larger 4" LCD screen and higher 1.2MP resolution, we actually find the camera more difficult to focus than some competitors. The peaking didn't seem to work too well at times (i.e. we can barely see peaking in some situations) and the magnify (focus assistance) feature is more suitable for still compositions. In real world, when you are trying to frame a moving subject such as humans, animals or vehicles, the magnify feature is not too helpful. As the whole LCD screen is being magnified, we might lose our framing when we toggle it off. This is especially so when we were filming the restless monkeys and moving canoes. I find Panasonic HPX170's implementation better as its focus assistance only magnifies the central portion. There is however on XF305, an edge monitoring feature which is somewhat like Panasonic's focus assist bar/graph. Nevertheless, what we really miss is Panasonic's EVF detailing and Sony's feature which works by making edges/details appear sharper and really help in quick focusing. On the other hand, auto-focusing is very fast on this camera even though we are shooting in progressive. I don't have enough time with the camera to figure out the best way to focus. We are certainly finding ourselves taking longer time to focus during our test shoot. It seems to me that shooters will do well to make more use of the Push AF button and edge monitoring feature. Although 4 inches in size and armed with 1.2 megapixels, we find that the LCD screen is still not dependable on getting focusing right. In certain shots, we thought the images are properly focused on the LCD but they turn out to be out-of-focus when we view in post later. ND Filters, Iris, Zoom ------------------------- It is wonderful to have 3 ND filters (1/4, 1/16 and 1/64) but I really do not like the motorized zoom and iris rings. There is a slight delay and we can't get instant feedback from the rings. The iris ring also lacks indicators and we have to depend on the LCD screen. Image quality ---------------- Image quality is very good when view in post. Any noticeable artifacts seen in vimeo is largely due to the WMV compression. Otherwise, the daylight images appear very clean and detailed. We also did some low-light tests which are not shown in this video. Nothing special though. Low-light capability falls between EX1 and HPX170/HM700. +6db is quite usable although I find +12db a tad too much noise The codec is also robust at 50Mbps with 4:2:2 colour sampling. Colours look more saturated than 4:2:0 cameras and details in complex scenes hold well. White Balancing ------------------- White balancing is excellent on this camera. Instead of the typical 3200K and 5600K presets. You can actually dial the preset from 2000K to 15000K in 100K intervals without diving into menus. Very cool. In other cameras, we would probably have to dig into the menus to change colour temperature. The camera also allows a high degree of image customizations in the picture profile menu. Waveform Monitor --------------------- I also like the waveform monitor. But you can't have everything as toggling the waveform monitor on will hide the audio levels monitoring. Toggling the WFM button also gives you vectorscope and edge monitoring. Audio ------- You can switch from auto to manual to lock. I find the audio lock feature very useful which simply locks up the audio level and prevent any careless meddling which often happen on competing cameras. Media Access ---------------- The media screen is quite good. You can view multiple resolutions without any draggy delay or reset in the camera. Some other cameras require you to restart the camera to view a different resolution. The big LCD screen is a joy to view playbacks. But I feel there should be page up/down buttons to scroll though the clips quickly especially when you have many clips. Ergonomics ======== The first impression is that the camera is big and quite significantly larger than EX1. A large part is taken up by the big lens. It also feels heavy and difficult to hand hold for long. Serious shooters may need to explore shoulder support accessories. Interestingly, the larger size means I can rest the back of the camera on my shoulder and still view the LCD screen comfortably. Maybe I am more used to Panasonic cameras, I feel it is not too intuitive to find the buttons on XF305. I didn't have this issue with JVC HM700 though. The scroll dial on Sony can be pressed to set functions and I keep finding myself trying to press the select scroll dial on XF305. I think it is a little silly to have to press another set button located next to it. Canon engineers really need to look into this one. I find myself preferring to use the top joystick near the LCD screen which can be pressed. It is quicker to use but can be hard to operate when mounted on a tripod at your height. It is also annoying to have to press so many buttons to get the variable frame rate going. We have to go through 3 menus to set up slow motion. Besides, variable frame rates can't be assigned to user buttons. I really miss this feature which HPX170 and EX3 has. What this mean is that variable frame rate shooting is very hard to configure while on the run. You need to have enough time to set it up. Many people have complained about the power button which slides between camera/off/media states. I agree that it is a bad design since I find myself switching wrongly many times. I'd slide to media when I actually want it off. I also find Canon's menu system not too intuitive. I find it hard to remember where the menus are and it takes time to find them. Sony and JVC win on this one. Build Quality ========= Contrary to some reviews, I actually feel that Canon's construction feels more solid than Sony's EX1/3. Perhaps it is the texture of the plastics that make it appear so. The material seems high quality and rigid. The only weak point is the battery cover which seems a little flimsy. The rubber eyepiece of the viewfinder can also come off easily. Do be careful not to lose it when on the run. I don't understand why Canon would not want to make it more difficult to remove since hardly anyone would remove it. Post === I am using Final Cut Pro 6.0.6 on my old but trusty G5 Mac. Canon actually states that XF Utility software can only run on an Intel Mac. I couldn't run XF Utility installation app but I found an app called master installer in the software subfolder. Surprisingly, I can run this app and get the FCP plugin and utility installed. Unfortunately, the XF Utility itself still cannot be run. On the other hand, FCP plugin works but appears only partially so. I can ingest 1080p25 50Mbps footages but I can't ingest 720p25 50Mbps (i.e. my slow motion footages). Neither ProRes nor Native transcoding will work in log and transfer. That is why there is no slow motion footage in this video although we shot some. ProRes and Native (XF codec) footages look identical in their respective sequences. But once you apply effects, native takes much longer to render as FCP will do the "Long GOP conforming" and there will also be some image degrading due to long GOP. So, I'd say go ProRes unless you want to do a quick edit or save hard drive space. Conclusion ======== In short, Canon XF305 is a very good and capable camera. No camera is perfect and XF305 could do better with improved ergonomics and low light performance. It is certainly not an EX1R killer but definitely makes choosing between them more difficult. Interesting times.

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                  • Poko Lambro "Home"


                    from Ryan Gibson / Added

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                    Director: Ryan Gibson Editor: Jim Batcho Music: Poko Lambro Sound and Mix: Michael Laveck Location: Busan, South Korea Camera: Canon XF305 and Canon 60D Many special thanks to: Kelsey Smith, April Simpson, Gino Brann, Michael Laveck, Jen Sotham and Melanie Lenau. Thank you also to the city of Busan and the wonderful people of South Korea. www.pokolambro.com http://www.facebook.com/pages/Poko-Lambro/187348351290042?sk=info

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                    • Plane spotter heaven


                      from Nick Wilcox-Brown / Added

                      A quick look at the airside of Bristol International airport in the UK. Once a small regional airport, the site now handles around 7 million passengers a year to destinations as diverse as New York, Amsterdam and Sharm El Sheik. The clips were shot on a pre-production Canon XF305 at 720p50. 95% of the audio was captured on the camera mics with a wind screen.

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