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. [click to continue…]
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: [click to continue…]
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.
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.
Heads up to everyone who wants to get more into HDSLR video capture – Gale Tattersall is on CreativeLIVE this weekend with a full 3-days of HDSLR instruction. If you aren’t familiar with the name, Tattersall is the Director of Photography for House. He shot the House season finale last year with the 5D Mark II.
It’s free while running live and will be available for download afterwards for a fee. Details about the program are here on CreativeLIVE. The free live stream is here on CreativeLIVE.
Switronix has unveiled a new power cable for Canon DSLRs using the LP-E6 battery type (currently, the 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D).
The XP-DV-CH features a regulated 7.9v battery paddle (LP-E6 type) and an inline female p-tap connector for 12vdc, housed in an enclosure. It also includes both red and green LED indication to display battery power status. The cable can be used in association with a Switronix accessory or used solo with a PRO-X series lithium-ion battery product.
More details on Switronix’s website.