Cnaon 5D Mrk II for Video

Originally published: April 3, 2011

One of the main reasons I shoot nikon is because for my hand it their grips feel significantly better then Canon’s. That is just a personally opinion. Some sports photographers prefer Canon but in the end it is just what works for you. I can show you thousands if not hundreds of thousands of superior sports and action photographs using Nikon.

One of the main reasons I shoot Nikon is because for my hand it their grips feel significantly better then Canon’s. That is just a personally opinion. Some sports photographers prefer Canon but in the end it is just what works for you. I can show you thousands if not hundreds of thousands of superior sports and action photographs using Nikon.

The 5D Mrk II on paper bests its Nikon competitor the Nikon D700. However performance wise one is hard pressed to find any distinct advantage. The Nikon D700 has better image quality and performance as a camera.

The 5D was the first camera to have video in it. It has started a trend that has swept through the camera industry for better or for worse. Canon came out with the first HD capable DSLR’s. Nikon has been playing catchup ever since. While the Canon 1D Mrk IV’s video performance was nothing of note, the 5D Mrk II and the Canon 7D are the great ones in terms of HD video performance in a DSLR at the moment. They have been used to shoot many productions as of this date and have done wonderfully. Their fist big win was when Last Season’s (as of December 2010) house finale was shot entirely on a 5D Mrk. II. You could tell there was a difference, however it was not a bad difference. It was simply different.

Nikon is starting to catch up with the release of the Nikon D7000 and the Nikon D3s. These cameras, are good. However I suspect it will be difficult for them to gain ground in Hollywood. Although they are good cameras the Canons have advantages. First off, Canon has been in the professional video camera market for a long time and consequently their DSLR range has been integrated (lens adapters etc) with their video camera business. Second, They are on the whole slightly cheaper on the body and lens side. It can be argued that after you buy all the accessories that they fail to include with the camera (haha not really cheaper they just fooled you) its about the same. Anyway since they are cheaper they are being used as expendable cameras. Although this sounds horrible to you when you just purchased your shiny new DSLR after saving up for 2 years it is fiscally responsible for the movie industry. Example, the movie Seabiscut is using 7D’s for all of the under horse shots because they are expendable and take very good quality images.

If you are a videographer who also enjoys taking stills this may be the way to go. These cameras (5D Mrk II and 7D) take very good video as well as decent stills. I don’t really like Canon but this is one area where they have an advantage.

 

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