“The Last 3 Minutes” on the Canon 5D Mark II

“The Last 3 Minutes” (above) is a new short from Shane Hurlbut and Bandito Brothers. Canon sponsored the short to show off the new 24p firmware upgrade on the 5D Mark II.  I think it is quite a compelling film – not just due to the technical prowess of the 5D Mark II, but the artistic vision of Hurlbut and his team resonates in a way that many short films miss.  Be sure to read the full run down on the production of “The Last 3 Minutes” on the hurlblog.

If you aren’t familiar with him, Shane Hurlbut has served as Director of Photography on several major films, including Terminator Salvation, We Are Marshall and Into the Blue, among others.

The hurlblog is one of my favorite blogs to read.  If you’re interested in getting serious with video on your DSLR, you owe it to yourself to read every word Shane Hurlbut publishes over there.

Canon 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 Problems Surface

Canon 5D Mark II

[UPDATE: Canon has posted Firmware Version 2.0.4, which is intended to address the below-described issues.]

Canon has released a statement on the 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 info page describing problems caused for some users by the firmware update. [Read more…]

Canon Rebel T2i Hands-On Review

Canon Rebel T2i

The Canon Rebel T2i is an 18MP DSLR that follows up the popular Canon Rebel T1i.  The Canon Rebel T2i is geared toward entry-level shooters with a number of features and components that make it a very powerful camera suitable for serious shooters as well.  After spending a few hours with it, I wanted to provide my first impressions, along with some impromptu sample shots. [Read more…]