camera test for indie feature, with 5dm2...seriously.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:33 PM
This isn't a great test but I just wanted to see if it was possible to shoot a feature with the 5dm2- both in usability and image quality. We made this really fast so please forgive any poor framing or editing, this is just a quick test!
(I rented the camera)
We originally had a budget for shooting film, it got halved and halved again and halved again.... I looked for a solution because I really want this project to happen (a friend and I have been wanting to make this for over a year)- so I tested the 5Dmark2 and I was extremely impressed with it. You can read more about the test on the video's description and how I managed to have full manual control as well as 24p through conversion.
But to make it short, we projected on a pretty large screen the 1080/24p footage and everyone was blown away- its shocking to think that you can get this kind of image quality for the price. We are now moving into full-blown pre-pro and I will be blogging daily when we start photography. I know I will receive some criticism for choosing to shoot a feature with the 5dm2, but I believe we can tell a great story with it- despite its short comings.
Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:47 AM
I say, shoot with what you got to shoot with in this case. I for one, am interested in hearing how it goes.
Posted 11 February 2009 - 10:01 AM
White bal issues w/ the neon (yeah I know "d'oh, really?") but I would at least go a bit underexposed if you can't cc, at least the colors won't be in your face (but I suspect your camera can do better than this certainly my Nikon can) .
Bar interior I'm thinking one or two battery operated Lightpanels would have de-Reded (no pun) skin tones.
Posted 11 February 2009 - 12:29 PM
A couple of questions:
Can you please tell me the brand of the "cheap Nikon to EOS adapter from eBay" you used, mine does not work to infinity?
I have heard the camera automatically sets the ISO and it is not user selectable in video mode, whereas you wrote you selected it manually, can you please explain this?
Thanks, and please keep us posted how it goes filming with it!!
Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:26 PM
About the nikon adapter, I used the one from KAWA I think, it was something like $4.95 with $5.00 shipping? It hits infinity on the dot, I have had two of them and they both did, the only issue with them is that there is some mild rotational play in the mount.
A lot of this camera's "movie mode" is automatic, but you can learn how it works and get the settings you want out of it and lock them in.
With tricks its limited to:
Full aperture control of course when using non-canon EOS lenses
Almost any shutter in iso100, or iso200 and any iso when shooting @ 1/50th second. you just basically lock the exposure before the shot (the little * button) and then use the thumb dial on the back to make sure your in the right setting. It takes some getting used to but even after an hour of using it, I didnt even have to think much about getting what I wanted quickly.
I'm just really impressed with the camera despite its limitations, I would love to see a more cinematographer friendly version come out with variable framerates, and full control (maybe an optical viewfinder too?) but this is just such a great digital camera for the dollar- almost disposable for the price.
Posted 11 February 2009 - 01:26 PM
A quick google got me this, but I'M sure there's more in-depth stuff out there
View on Vimeo
Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:00 PM
Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:57 PM
I was testing one today, most impressed.
Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:46 PM
Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:34 PM
I watched "Half Nelson" about a month ago (loved the minimalist handheld photography) and couldn't get Broken Social Scene out of my head!
Posted 21 February 2009 - 12:28 PM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:30 PM
Just thinking out loud here...
The test footage you shot looks pretty good. I think using this camera is going to give your film its own "style", just from how you have to work with the camera.
Best of luck with it!
Edited by Bruce Greene, 21 February 2009 - 02:31 PM.
Posted 21 February 2009 - 03:14 PM