Phantom Flex at a Kids’ Water Balloon Fight Makes for Some Epic Slow Motion

Check about Brad Kremer‘s video above featuring lots of summer fun with the neighborhood kids.  As Brad puts it:

So what do you when you have a day off and a $300k camera package sitting at your house? Invite all of the neighborhood kids and throw a water balloon party of course! Duh!

As summer coms to an end and Autumn begins, kids go back to school and dream of warm days filled with laughter and joy. This short film is a reflection of that dream. Shot with a Phantom Flex it captures the magic of the moment. With frame rates of up to 2564 fps at 1080p we see every detail, every smile and every sparkle in the kids eyes. And that is where the magic lies. Within the hopes and dreams of our children.

[via PetaPixel]

Canon Instant Rebates Expire Today

Canon DSLR Instant Rebates

If you’ve been holding out on the Canon Instant Rebates deals this fall, they expire today.

That includes the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, 60D and all the lens and speedlite rebates (see banner below).  You can find the deals at both Amazon and B&H Photo. [Read more...]

New ‘Act of Valor’ Trailer Polishes the 5D’s Resume

Act of Valor

I just talked about ‘Like Crazy’ a couple of days ago, which was shot on the Canon 7D and is out in theaters now.  And now, Relativity Media, which picked up ‘Act of Valor‘ for a cool $13M earlier this year, just released the second trailer for the film.  As you may already know, Act of Valor was shot primarily with the Canon 5D Mark II and a combination of Zeiss and Panavision lenses – with Shane Hurlbut, ASC serving as DP on the film.

I have embedded the trailer below.  (Sorry, but autoplay is forced on for the trailer embed.) [Read more...]

Deal Alert: Canon 5D Mark II + 24-105mm f/4L Lens [Update: It's Gone]

5D Mark II on Amazon

I wouldn’t expect his deal to last too long, but Amazon has the 5D Mark II with a 24-105mm f/4L lens for $2749.

This is substantially lower that this kit normally runs (usually in the $3200 or higher range).  The lens alone goes for over $1000, which would put the value of the 5D Mark II body in the $1700 range.  Again, I don’t expect this to last long.

[Update: And it's gone. Hope you got one...]

LockPort5 Protects Canon 5D Mark II HDMI Port

LockPort5

The LockPort5 (from the folks who make the Lock Circle) protects your Canon 5D Mark II‘s HDMI port and includes a built-in mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI adapter.  As a result, you can use standard HDMI cables on your 5D Mark II when going to an off-camera monitor.

There’s a 7D version coming soon as well.

More details below. [Read more...]

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 5D Mark II for $2279 – Deal Alert

Canon 5D Mark II Deal

Canon 5D Mark II Deal on Buy.com

Buy.com has the Canon 5D Mark II in stock for $2279 with free shipping.  It’s $2499 at most other retailers right now – although B&H Photo is giving $500 worth of video production Red Giant software with the 5D Mark II at that price, which probably makes the B&H deal worth it if you are going to be doing any serious amount of video shooting with it.

Refurb Canon 5D Mark II Back in Stock at $1999

Canon 5D Mark II

A week or two ago, Canon USA had refurbished Canon 5D Mark II’s for $1999. They sold out pretty quick.

They’re back in stock now (here’s the link to the 5D Mark II page), along with solid deals on several other Canon bodies.

There are also a number of refurbished Speedlites and lenses available direct from Canon USA.