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Monday, 5 January 2009

Canon 5D MkII In Action

Following on from the previous posts, a good friend of mine Anthony Upton kindly took a few pictures of me using the 5D MkII as a video camera. The microphone is the Rode VideoMic and has a Rode "dead cat" fitted (to cut down on wind noise).
I'm writing a review of the 5D MkII as a video camera for the British Journal of Photography which will be out later in January.
One interesting observation though is that when things kicked off at the Israeli Embassy and there were clashes with the Police, I didn't shoot a single piece of video; guess when you're a photographer, you're a photographer first and foremost.
Photos: © Anthony Upton
For the perfect bags to cover demos and riots with, have a look at the ThinkTank Photo bags. I'm using the Change Up as a chest bag and a Shape Shifter back pack is being used to carry my MacBook Pro. The bag's zipped flat in the shots. I used it to carry the equipment on the tube to the job, took out the gear that you can see me using and then zipped it flat - very neat! You can get the bags in the UK from Snapper Stuff.


  1. dalmannpj@gmail.com5 January 2009 at 02:18

    Hi Edmond,

    Thanks for posting the pics of your set up to cover that story. Easier to see how you did it with the pics.

    cheers dale

  2. Edmond, I love the furry skin you've attached to the camera as a fashion accessory...

    Looks more like a dead rabbit, though ;-)

  3. Hi Dale,

    No worries - glad it helps.


    I'm all about the fur! I've never had anything be such a talking point among my colleagues!

  4. Awesome to see you actually using it - can't wait for the review!

    We've added this to the 5D wiki at We've got more 5D reviews/still/video samples than anywhere else on the planet.

  5. Hi Mitch,

    Thanks for the link to the post. I've also posted a video from the demo I was covering.

  6. Seriously, though. Never thought I'd see the day a pro-DSLR would have video, but can understand the need for the furry thing around the mic.

    Of course, the next issue is stability, especially with longer lenses. Most film crews really go for tripods but at least have a large camera they can rest on their shoulders for hand-holding.

    How's the 5D MkII in terms of keeping the image stable? Will you now start taking along a monopod, and if you do already, will you be using it more and more? I really can't imagine you lugging along a tripod.

  7. Hi Onnik,
    Its actually a great thing to have video built in to the camera. More and more photojournalists are having to shoot video for the web and not having to carry extra equipment (apart from a microphone) is a god send.
    I've shot a film which was on a tripod and I'll post once the editing is done. You're very right; 90% of the time you need a steady shot otherwise its a waste of time. There are cheap £80 shoulder supports that will work with the camera and makes it handle like a shoulder mounted video camera. The lenses with IS (or VR in Nikon speak) actually work pretty well in stabalising up to a point.
    I always have a tripod and a monopod in the car, so apart from when I'm on foot, that's not an issue.
    The stunning thing is though that a DSLR can shoot such a ridiculously high quality video!