The Great Camera Shootout 2011

Zacuto Great Camera Shootout 2011

Zacuto’s 3-part documentary, The Great Camera Shootout 2011, is now out with all 3 parts online.

The camera lineup includes the 35mm Kodak 5213 & 5219 Film, Arri Alexa, RED ONE M-X, Weisscam HS-2, Phantom Flex, Sony F-35, Sony F3, Panasonic AG-AF100, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 7D and Nikon D7000.

Part I ‘The Tipping Point’ tests dynamic range, under-exposure and over-exposure: [Read more...]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 1]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

We all know that the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S are geared toward sports photographers.  While the cameras have found their way into many other photography niches, at their core, these cameras are made for shooting sports.  As an action-oriented camera, nothing defines its performance more so than its autofocus speed and accuracy.

When shooting sports, we can forgive images that are a bit noisier in one camera over the other, and we can forgive a camera with lower resolution than its competitor.  What we cannot forgive, however, is out of focus images.  When shooting sports and other action, autofocus performance is a paramount concern. [Read more...]

Canon 1D Mark IV at the Super Bowl

Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon has issued a press statement touting the effective use of the new flagship EOS 1D Mark IV at Super Bowl XLIV.  Canon interviewed four photographers who used the 1D Mark IV at the big game, all of whom brag on the effectiveness of the camera’s new autofocus system.  You can read all of the soundbites in the press release below. [Read more...]

Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro

Canon 1D Mark IV

The Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro is a plug-in currently in development that is intended to allow footage from EOS DSLRs to be edited more quickly and easily in Final Cut Pro.  The plug-in will be introduced in a free Beta release in March 2010.

Key features of the plug-in includes the enabling of the “log and transfer” of footage from the 5D Mark II, 7D and 1D Mark IV.  Moreover, the plug-in converts Canon EOS DSLR footage to Apple’s ProRes 4:2:2 at twice the speed of what you get out of the box with Final Cut Pro.  Adding timecode, reel names and metadata to footage will also be a faster and smoother task.

Stay tuned for updates on the availability of the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro.

Pointless Example of Canon 1D Mark IV Shutter Speed at 10 fps

This video of the Canon 1D Mark IV firing at 10 frames per second is mostly pointless; however, I still find myself watching it over and over thanks to the gadget nut in me.

Looks a little grainy, doesn’t it?  That’s because it was shot at ISO 25600 on a Nikon D3S.  A single overhead tungsten bulb supplied the light.

Stay tuned for more serious content on both of these new work horses.  In the mean time, watch the video again. ;-)

Vincent Laforet’s Nocturne Finally Gets Nod from Canon for Release + Behind the Scenes Footage

Vincent Laforet dropped his short film ‘Nocturne‘ on the scene almost immediately after the Canon 1D Mark IV was announced back in October. The video created a huge amount of buzz in the photography and film making communities in large part because it was shot under available light in the dead of night at ISO 6400.

Then, inexplicably, Canon pulled the plug on the video.  [Read more...]