Miniature City Video with a Canon 5D Mark II

This is an impressive little video shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a couple of tilt & shift lenses – the PC-E Micro-Nikkor 85mm F2.8D & MC ARAX 2.8/35mm.

The miniature city effect is produced by the tilt & shift lenses and unique depth of field.  The effect is particularly pronounced when shooting from high above your subject at a steep angle, which produces the illusion of looking down on a miniaturized model or toy.

Canon 5D Mark II Video by Dan Chung


Canon EOS5DmkII, One night in Beijing. from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Here’s some more video from a 5D Mark II – this time a store-bought production model. Again, it’s very pretty video; however, the stutter in the panning has bothered me since the first video samples came out. Anybody else see this as a problem?

Details on the video:

Video filmed by Guardian photographer Dan Chung entirely on a production Canon EOS5DmkII and adapted Nikon and Zeiss lenses using manual focus. The camera was purchased to use solely as a video camera with existing Nikon kit.

The film was shot an edited in about twelve hours directly after picking the camera up from a Beijing camera store and charging the battery.

Lenses used are:
Nikon 17-35 f2.8
Nikon 80-200 f2.8
Nikon 85mm f2.8 shift lens
Nikon 16mm f2.8 fisheye

Zeiss/Contax 85mm f1.4

[Vimeo via Neutral Day]