Massive Savings on Canon 5D Mark III, 6D, 70D and More

B&H Photo Video is running some crazy deals on their site. Check out all the killer deals below.

IMPORTANT! These deals are only around while the Photo Plus event is on. So we have until October 26th to take advantage of this madness.

Canon 5D Mark III Kit


What you save

Was $3999 now $3499 with mail in rebate at checkout.

What you get

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19″ (50 Sheets)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
  • SanDisk 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card

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Why I Bought a Used Canon 5D Mark II

1. Got it Cheap

I got a good deal on a used body. Of course now I am kicking myself because Canon is selling Refurbished 5DmkII’s for under $1800 at the moment (new going price is $2199 today on B&H). This HAD to happen a few days after I got a really good offer and bought a used one… Oh well. My point is if you are patient you can find a good deal. The 5D and 7D are both super tough cameras and I feel very safe buying used because of that.

2. I Don’t Think the Price of the 5D2 Will Go Down

I could be wrong but I really don’t think the price of new 5DmkII’s will be going down anytime soon. If you read the comments from this post a lot of people are excited about the 5D3 only because they think the 5D2 will go down in price… The 5D2 still holds a lot of value, so I don’t think we will be seeing a price drop because the demand isn’t going away.

3. Its About Time

I’ve been shooting with the 7D for 2.5 years and have loved it. Still has a lot over the 5D. BUT da-mn that full frame sensor image is incredible. I’ve shot with the 5D before but owning one and using it with all my lenses has been soooo much fun. And still having an APS-C now gives me double the lens use.

4. Resell Value

The pro level DSLR bodies seem to hold a lot of value over the years. So I think I will get a decent amount when I sell of my camera bodies to upgrade down the road.

5. I Need It

Lets not forget why we be buy gear in the first place… I’ve said before a lot of what I do involves interviews and a lot of the time these interviews are in tight areas. That larger sensor is going to be so nice in an A/B camera setup. She outa tag team nicely with the 7D. So bye bye Sony 5n. Its been real.


If you can afford the 5D3 then go for it (good write up here on that subject). I don’t think it’s a wise move in my situation. A 5D2 is a fun cam and heck, it’s been good enough for some big gigs so I am happy.

So what’s your take on the subject? You making any moves to/from a 5D?

Monday Likes: Uppercut

This is another great little piece by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari of California is a Place.
This micro doc is a very unique one. I am not condoning it, but I found it quite curious. After you watch the  video I’d like to hear what you think about it.

Uppercut from California is a place. on Vimeo.

“In Silicon Valley we have the highest concentration of aggressive people in the United States. And it’s a place where all life has been reduced to working in a cubicle and then after work going out to have a Merlot at the Fromage bar. I’m kind of looking for something a little more primitive, a little more basic, something that appeals to the essential nature of a man.”

— Gints K., Software Engineer & Founder, Gentlemen’s Fight Club

A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

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Robin Schmidt’s Two Camera Redrock “Beastmaster” Rig

What the…

Robin Schmidt (also know as El Skid), recently posted a video and blog post showing off his “Beastmaster” rig. The rig is designed around two cameras. One 5D and a 7D. While this setup seems utterly absurd, there is logic and reason to the madness. Robin explains in his blog post:

“The kind of stuff we’re shooting involves some pretty crazy stunts, like walking down a busy high street wearing a bacon bikini etc. etc. and we really don’t want to hang around too long. Having the two cameras going at the same time means we don’t need to stick around for any longer than we need to. He does a lot of talking to camera and there’s usually a lot of cross-cutting.”

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Episode 007: Interview with Ken Simpson and Alex Dacev

Stop talking and make a film…

I had the great pleasure of speaking with director Ken Simpson and DP Alex Dacev, two filmmakers from Canada. In the podcast we discuss filmmaking, using the 5D for narrative film, tools, post production, and tips on starting in filmmaking.

Click here for the audio only version.

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Creative Car Commercial Shot With the 5D mk II

Just found this incredible commercial using a couple of 5D’s to shoot a very creative car ad. Rather than shoot images of a car racing through the city or other obnoxious and over used clichés, the SE-R Project team have employed a clever idea for this car ad. You can view the ad as well as the behind the scenes video below. You can learn more about this project at

Here is the behind the scenes video:

Nissan Sentra SE-R Drift

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DSLR Filmmaking Article with Rodney Charters

I just finished reading an extensive article about the use of DSLRs for filmmaking. In it, DP Rodney Charters from the prime time series “24”, and Director Snehal Patel share their experience using Canon 5D’s to shoot an Indian short. They discuss how the physically used the cameras in difficult situations as well as how they lit the short and the use of minimal lighting. I highly recommend this in-depth article to anyone interested in DSLR filmmaking.

As if that was good enough, at the end of the three-page story there is a section entitled “DSLRs For The Big & Small Screen” in which Shane Hurlbut throws in his experience and thoughts on using these great little cameras for cinema.

I have written posts on Rodney Charters and what he is doing with DSLRs. You can find that post here. I would also suggest checking out this post on Shane Hurlbut.

Canon 5D’s Used on the Set of 24

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.

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