I’ve been shooting photos recently with a borrowed Canon 5d Mark II. It’s an amazing camera. Simply stunning. One of the most talked about functions of the camera is its stellar video capabilities. To see those capabilities for myself, I spent a little (not nearly enough) time Saturday lurking in the trees and shooting video at the 12 Hours of Sundance. The results are below. I am hoping to continue the experiment at a few cyclocross races this fall, and on into winter ski tours, I just need to work out a way to turn “borrowed 5d” into “my 5d.” The video is available in HD, so click the fullscreen and HD buttons for the full-res experience.
And if you are curious, I used 2 lenses: a Canon EF 16-35 (super fun to shoot with in the tight switchbacks that are prominent at Sundance) and a Canon EF 28-200, which is a very versatile lens. I had an extremely cheap photo tripod which was fine for static shooting, but had no pan or tilt capabilities. However it did work well as a hand-held jib. If I would have had more time to spend out on course, I would have lugged my heavy-duty video tripod out there. In the meantime, I’m going to look at ways to utilize some of my stored-away video equipment with the 5d.
The music is a song called Photosynthesis, and comes from Frank Turner.