If you are serious about pushing HDSLRs to there fullest potential, than Vincent Laforet is one of the people you should be following. He recently wrote a post on his blog sharing extensively detailed images of a shoot he has been working on.
You can find the slideshow on his blog along with several other great posts on Video and HDSLRs. I would highly recommend hovering over each image and reading the little descriptions as they are rich in information on what kind of kit Vincent is using. Thank you Vincent for the great info!
I just finished watching the videos of DP Ron Garcia showing the use of the 7D on the set of NUMB3RS. What interested me the most was the number of accessories he used… NONE. In the video you only see them running around with nothing more than the 7D body and a lens. So often I hear people whining about not having enough gear to shoot great work. Check out the video below, feel convicted, than go out and shoot something amazing.
One factor that really stands out is looking at the design and build of the T2i. Look at the back of the camera there is a noticeable difference from the other HDSLRs. The biggest is the buttons. Canon has removed the scroll wheel and inserted buttons. The second big difference in the material of the body. More plastic and less mag-alloy material.
Back of 7D
Back of 550D
Incredible Possibilities (Most important)
While this camera is not perfect (None is), it has an incredible potential. First of all $800 bucks are you kidding me! If you have been griping about this camera because you already own a 7D (me included), shut up and by one! If you already have a HDSLR this makes a perfect B camera. and if you don’t have a HDSLR what are you waiting for!?
This is the perfect interview/documentary tool. for the price of 1 5D you could pick up 3 550D’s! If one overheats grab one of the others. Its a no brainer! I would highly recommend you go over to Prolost and read Stu Maschwitz’s The Revenge of no excuses post. Stu makes a lot of good points on this camera and its impact.
Finally this is great news for indie filmmakers. To be able to shoot video at this quality for such a low price is great. Sure we will be seeing 10 times more crap on Vimeo than we already do, but I am happy to see an outlet for creatives to affordably shoot great images, which will hopefully spark an interest to become better storytellers.
In this video DP of 24 Rodney Charters briefly shows how he is using Canon 5D’s on 24′s set. While the 5D makes for a bad choice in most cases for dramatic television (Audio issues and frame rate), you could not do what he is accomplishing with any other camera.
I am not one of those link hogs who only promotes myself, I would be foolish to think that only I have knowledge to share about this revolutionary change in video camera form factor. That said here is a list of blogs and website I follow that are must reads for anyone using or interested in DSLR for film and video.
Shane Hurlbut – Shane is creating incredible films with these cameras. Learn what he is using and how he does it on his blog.
Philip Bloom – If you haven’t been following Bloom’s tweets and his blog than your missing out on a huge about of great info from one of the leader HDLR filmmakers.