New Canon 7D Replacement May Be Announced at NAB 2014

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A couple days ago Canon Rumors posted an article stating that two different individuals said we should expect a Canon EOS 7D replacement at NAB this year.

This news is exciting for 2 reasons:

  1. Its NAB… Not a photography event. And since Canon usually announces and/or releases Canon EOS Cinema cameras at NAB its an exciting sign that we might see something special… Or at least special for Canon… Which isn’t saying much but still.
  2. We might see the first APS-C video DSLR that can keep up with the specs of the 5D Mark III. There really isn’t an APS-C video DSLR that can standup to the 5D Mark III at the moment so it would be great if Canon gave us a hard core video brother to the 5D.

Rumor Mill Specs

These aren’t set in stone by any means at all. But we can dream right? Heres what the internet is saying about a possible new 7D or 7D replacement:

  • ~24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Auto-Focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III (61 points), possibly the same as 5D3
  • High frame rate, 10-12 fps
  • “high grade” weather sealing, like Canon’s professional DSLRs
  • Dual Digic V+ processor
  • Single card slot
  • WiFi & GPS
  • Innovative video features
  • Price around $2000
  • Very good ISO performance

What do you think of all this? Do you think we’ll see a new high end APS-C camera? If we do, will you be getting one? Personally, I would be very interested in a $2000 APS-C version of the 5D Mark III. Even if all we go was a nicer sensor and a headphone jack.

[Via Canon Rumors, Canon Watch]

A Great Time to Buy a DSLR

Seeing all these video DSLRs on sale for the holidays has me remembering when I was looking for my first video capable DSLR. 3 Years ago it was either the Nikon D90 (720p? Yuck), Canon 5D Mark II or the Canon 7D (brand new at the time). Back then it took at least $1500 to get in the game if you wanted 1080p. 3 years later its less than half that. AND there are several models in each price bracket.

Black friday is over, but there are still several great deals on HDSLRs. It is a great time to be alive for filmmakers and photographers!

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Clean HDMI Out Coming to the Canon 7D

Glad to see the Canon 7D continuing to get some hack love! Clean HDMI being the newest of them. Check out the video demonstrating what could be coming to a 7D near you.

From the video description:

This is a test video where i filmed my Samsung LCD showing Canon EOS 7D HDMI output while recording.
Test subject is the “Clear overlays” feature, that disables all paintings on HDMI output.

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Why the 7D is Still My Favorite HDSLR

Over the past 3 years I have had the opportunity to shoot with a lot of cameras. Of them, I have found my favorite to be the old 7D. Sure it was my first video DSLR, sure 4 other Canon HDSLRs have been released since the 7D was birthed into the world. Sure, its not full frame, doesn’t have a flip out screen, yet it still takes 1st in my mind.

Allow me to expound.

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Canon Rebates: Get a New Canon 7D for $1,500!

B&H Has listed the Canon 7D at $1,500!

Even with all these other cameras coming out, I am still a huge fan of my 7D. The pro level body and features have proved themselves time after time. And if another camera ever comes out that rivals it, I know the 7D has a great resale value. So take advantage of this great deal!

Also Check out the 60D rebates and the double lens rebates are back!

Pillow Fight HDSLR Music Video Project

The Project: A Couple months ago I was approached by Director Kaj Kjellesvig to help shoot a music video. The Goal for this video was to create a vessel to generate ad revenue and encourage people to donate towards the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Instant Rebates on Canon DSLRs and Kits Save up to $250


Our friends over at B&H are offering several instant rebates on Canon DSLRs. This is a great opportunity for those who have not yet invested in these cameras. This is also a great time to pick up a B-cam for those of us who need more than one camera body. To see all the rebates click here. DSLR Video Shooter is an affiliate with B&H. So if you do bye from this link you will be supporting future content on this site. And for that I thank you.

JJ Kim’s 60D Quick Review

I had a chance to play with a 60D for a little bit last night and was very surprised by its build quality and the flip out screen. But for those who have not worked with one my good friend JJ Kim has shot a review showing in detail the differences between the 7D and the 60D. He also goes through the menus. For more of JJ’s videos check out his Vimeo channel and his website.

Things I noticed:

  • I am liking the audio control increments, and while dual system sound is still going to give you the highest quality, the in camera audio is going to be nice.
  • ISO Range is the same. After working on sets with the T2i, I really appreciate my 7D’s wider ISO range. Good to know the 60D is up there too.
  • While the flip out screen is nice, adding a viewfinder may pose a problem. Last night we tinkered with the 60D and a Z-finder and the LCD-VF neither fit perfectly and the Z-finder seems like it was a little heavy to be use while the screen was out. Something to consider.
  • The 60D has less buttons. But I love how all of the buttons are on the right side. This means as a shooter we can access all controls with the right thumb and forefinger.

UPDATE:

JJ has shot a second video sharing more info on the 7D vs the 60D. Check it:

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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HDSLR Film: The Bridge

You will notice that quality films utilizing DSLRs are hard to find in the horde of terrible stuff on Vimeo. But I was fortunate to discover a film called THE BRIDGE by Marlon Torres. I was able to ask Marlon how much of his film will be shot on DSLRs and to my surprise he stated that “80% will be shot on the 7D, 10% will be on the 5D, and the last 10% on the XH-A1.”

How exciting is that! It is always good to see filmmakers take a tool and push it. Marlon and his crew are doing just that. You can help support this film by visiting and donating here. Be sure to visit Marlon’s website and his producer’s website as well.

Here is the Official Teaser for The Bridge:

The Bridge – Official Teaser from Marlon Torres on Vimeo.

Here is a scene from the film shot with the 7D:

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The Bridge – Everything’s Fine from Marlon Torres on Vimeo.