I Won’t Grow Up! (Video)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Bike | 6 Comments

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.



  1. Dave B
    September 19, 2011

    Nicely done! Love the editing and the different angles. Looks very professional. I’d love to come film with you sometime, get some pointers from you.

    thanks for sharing!

  2. Kendra
    September 19, 2011

    Sigh….I really want to go and ride my bike.

  3. Jeff Higham
    September 20, 2011

    Great work! Do I hear “video of the month”?

  4. Katherine
    September 20, 2011

    Unreal. Beautiful landscape and composure. I’m looking at the 7D for shooting work video and you give me hope that it won’t be all that complicated to tell a pretty story. Now I am thinking the 16-35 lens is going to be a must for just such switchbacky shots. (Except that it costs as much as the camera body; eeep!) If you have any additional recommendations, would love to hear them.

    • Grizzly Adam
      September 20, 2011


      I’m strongly considering the 7D as well. It’s a fantastic camera. And the video features (60p fps at 720p to name one) are actually a little more robust than the 5DMKII. The 7D has a better burst mode, 8fps vs 3.5, and amazing AF capabilities. It’s an ideal sports/wildlife/action camera. And it’s $1,000 less than the 5DMKII. But the 5DMKII, with its full frame sensor produces amazing results…

  5. rabidrunner
    September 21, 2011

    I want that camera. Every time I see one, I turn on the crazy eyes and say, “YOU WILL BE MINE. OH, YES. YOU WILL BE MINE.”

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