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olof ekbergh
Re: Canon 5D Mark II
on Jan 4, 2009 at 2:57:54 pm

We got a MkII a few weeks ago, our reg cameras are EX3, Z1 and DSR500's

We do a lot of still photography too, so we have 3 Canon SLR's and about a dozen Canon lenses from 17mm to 800mm, most of them L lenses.

So I was really curious about this cam. What the heck we got one.

When you first use it it is really confusing and there are hundreds of posts on forums praising and damming the cam.

It is not a video camera, what I think is, its a great tool to get shots that would be impossible on a realistic budget. Fantastic DOF, super wide and long high quality lenses, fantastic low light capability.

A good set of ND filters is the first thing you need. If you are willing to spend some time experimenting without getting frustrated using some tricks you will be well rewarded, but if you expect it to be an easily controlled video cam, you will be disapointed.

You also have to do a lot of post tweaking, it almost always shoots blacks at -20 IRE and whites at +120 or more. The files open right in Color and can easily be conformed.

Here are a few links to footage and forum discussions:

Happy New Year!

Olof Ekbergh

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