Zacuto’s Great Camera Shootout

Zacuto has been in the photography new headlines several times since the announcement of their accessories for the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90, which are specifically geared and the video capabilities of these cameras. (See this post for more.)

Now, Zacuto has put together a shootout of a number of video cameras, including the Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D90. Check out the video and the press release below.

Zacuto’s Great Camera Shootout ’08 from Steve Weiss, Zacuto USA on Vimeo.

Chicago, IL – DECEMBER 12, 2008 – When DP Joe Stunzi came to Chicago to test all of the new HD cameras on the market against each other, he initially had hopes of making a short video using the new Canon 5D Mark II. However, Zacuto’s Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn & Scott Lynch decided that another 5D MKII fluff piece is not what was needed. “We needed to see the 5DMKII in relation to other cameras”, says Steve Weiss. So the “Great Camera Shootout of ’08” was born. In this video you will hear Joe, Steve, Jens & Scott discuss what they liked and disliked about each of the HD cameras and DOF adapters. “This test is really for independent filmmakers and web cinematographers who are creating content with the look and feel of a 35mm motion picture.” In this video you will see a same shot comparison of: 35mm motion picture, RED, EX3, HVX200, HPX170, HPX3000, Sony EX3, Nikon D90, Canon 5D Mark II, Letus35 Ultimate and Elite DOF adapters, RedRock Micro and more. Follow a discussion by four filmmakers ranging in age from 18-46. They discuss what’s best. You won’t believe the conclusions. Read Specifications of Shoot at and watch the video at



  1. Philip Arthur says

    I think the last comment pretty much summed it it. There are a lot of people out there with the money to buy high quality equipment but can shot as well as someone with much lower end products. Mainly due to skill, knowledge and determination.

    I’ve had my D70 for four years and I can still shot and edit a shot and make people with a D3 go wow. It is a lot harder to achieve that but I came for the last generation of old school black and white film days. You really had to know what you were doing to make a nice shot that made people stop and look. And still today where cameras do a lot for you, you still have to know what you are doing to make what the camera gives you even better. That way you stand out in comparison to other photographers. Not easily achieved and I myself think I rarely do it.

    As a side note I will be happy to upgrade from the D70 to D700 this week.

  2. mmtm says

    “You won’t believe the conclusions.”

    The best camera to use depends on what you are doing with it–That’s the surprising conclusion I won’t believe?

  3. Roderick says

    Yes, repent and return to film!!

    This digital stuff is the work of the devil!!

    Repent and return to film!!