Canon 5D Mark IV Going 4K? …It’s About Time!

5D Mark IV Rumor PB

Before the 5D Mark III was released, we heard rumors that the camera would feature 4K video. Of course, that seems silly now given Canon’s conservative approach in releasing new DSLRs and video products in recent years. And in the Twilight Zone of the camera industry we live in now, Canon is the one that started this whole HDSLR craze after all with a groundbreaking product in the 5D Mark II.

Of course, Canon didn’t know what it had with the 5D Mark II. Canon would have almost certainly neutered it or rebranding the model with a much higher price tag if it knew that it would be the catalyst to the democratization of filmmaking.

The 5D Mark III was released as a very solid camera and a proper successor to the 5D Mark II. Great low light performance, much better AF and a respectable upgrade in the video department. However, it wasn’t groundbreaking. It was a calculated, incremental upgrade. It was solid and it was safe.

In the mean time, Canon has released a series of EOS Cinema cameras geared toward the professional filmmaking and video industry. The C100 currently runs about $5000, while the top-end C500 runs $20,000.

Canon and the 4K Dilemma

If you want to shoot 4K with a Canon camera, [Read more...]

Canon DSLR Instant Rebates

Canon 6D

B&H has instant rebates on Canon prosumer-level DSLRs, including the 5D Mark III and 6D, now through June 22. Check them all out below.

SF to Paris Timelapse

They say adding motion to a timelapse is the way to make it really shine. The folks at Beepshow used an Air France jet as a 5000 mile dolly to capture this cool timelapse on an 11 hour flight from San Francisco to Paris.

The timelapse was captured with a Canon 5D Mark II and 16-35mm f/2.8 lens.  Audio was mixed on an iPad and the whole thing was edited in iMovie and After Effects CS5.

Yet another reason to always get the window seat.

[Beepshow via Fstoppers]

Redrock Micro and Switronix Team Up for HDSLR Powered Rigs

Switronix and Redrock Micro have teamed up to deliver customized HDSLR rigs that take advantage of Switronix’s battery systems and Redrock Micro’s supports.  The Switronix powered rigs offer up to 6-times the runtime of standard DSLR batteries and can also be used to power on-board electronics like external LCD monitors.  Switronix offers battery connection cables for the Canon 5D MKII, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, Canon T2i, and Panasonic AG-AF100.

Check out some of the configurations below. [Read more...]

Canon’s “The Story Beyond The Still” Final Short Film

If you’ve not been keeping up with The Story Beyond The Still contest, the final short chapter launched at Sundance earlier this week.  You can see the entire short film above with a total run time that’s a couple ticks under 38 minutes.

Lots more on Vincent Laforet’s site.  Also, there’s a great recap of the work on the final chapter from Ryan Booth, one of the chapter directors, here on his blog.

Canon’s official press release is below. [Read more...]

Canon Video Contest Film Lands at Sundance

Canon’s video contest, “The Story Beyond the Still,” which has been cooking along for a year now, will culminate in the debut of the short film created by contestants and Vincent Laforet at the Sundance Film Festival this Sunday.  The complete short film will be available on the Sundance Channel and Vimeo.com on Monday.

Read up on the history of the film and see the chapters individually on Vimeo.com/groups/beyondthestill.