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Canon 5D MK II – Challenges and Solutions

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  1. Shane, I love your blog posts. They’ve become my bible. I loved how you gave an alternative solution for overheating by using 8GB cards and that helps cool the camera down. I’m a one-woman shop and can’t afford the array of cameras you are blessed with using. :) So other alternatives are a joy to receive.

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Danielle, in my experience using a battery grip also prevents overheating. Probably becos the batteries are no longer inside the camera and don’t heat the inside as much.

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      • seenematic, I agree, but that changes the footprint of the camera too much for all of my rigs. I went with the AC adapter and power off of a Anton Bauer Dionic 90 externally now.

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  2. Hi Guys

    Another great exposure on DSLR filmmaking. I should have hired Shanes son on my last shoot thanks to
    a cameraman with the shakes.

    Would you be taking a look at the black magic design camera soon?

    Thanks again.

    Gavin

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    • Gavin Bearfield-Boyd, Ha ha, I will tell Myles. Hope to look at it soon.

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  3. Hello Shane

    I encourage you to test Magic lantern firmwire. lot of good thing inside but the must IMPORTANT for me : you can LOCK your shutter speed

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    • Vincent Follézou, sweet, I will check it out. Thanks for the heads up and sharing

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  4. Shane,

    I watched these videos when they were first released on the BH.com site. Thank you for sharing all this valuable information.

    Do you know if you’ll be able to release the BH.com DSLR filmmaker’s guidebook on your blog?

    Also I have a question concerning the 5D Mark III: Is this camera now being used in your kit? I’m wondering if I should purchase the MIII or go with another 5D or 7D instead.

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    • Coil, you are very welcome. The guidebook is proprietary to B & H, sorry about that, just the videos we own. Go with the MK III. Overall it is a better camera then the MK II.

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  5. I apologize in advance for bringing up something that may be controversial, but would removing the low-pass filter on the 5D MKIII provide as sharp of an image as the 5D MKII? There are a lot of new features I like on that camera that make it a worthy upgrade for my shooting.

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    • i tested the MKII against MKIII regarding sharpness and noticed very little difference. Because the MKIII doesn’t have aliasing there is a smoother edge to things which could give the sense of it being a touch softer. You can always gently sharpen the MKIII footage in post if necessary which you can’t do with the MKII. I say go for MKIII. The lack of aliasing and moire is a big deal. Also, i don’t see fixed pattern noise, and find i can push the footage much more than the MKII. Try shooting something dark with the MKIII, then process to ProRes with 5D to RGB and set the gamma to something like 1.5. You will see dramatic changes in the blacks with next to no noise! I can’t do the same when i process and grade the footage normally. I used premiere with the MKII but the MKIII opens up amazingly with 5D to RGB.

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  6. Tip for locking shutter speed: Use 2:Custom Controls to assign shutter speed to the Quick Control Dial, and aperture to the main dial. Then use the quick control lock to lock shutter speed. Also note that C.FN 2 lets you assign what gets locked….

    Love what you’re doing Shane.

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    • Bob Demers, Nice, going to employ this now. Thanks so much for the support

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  7. Shane I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate your willingness to educate and share. I have spent many years directing, shooting and editing in a corporate environment, only dreaming of making the jump to films, while feeling like I didn’t have the skill set to do it.

    Your blog help me not only the knowledge, but the courage to take the next step and write and shoot my own short film using the 5D Mark II. It’s been an educational, invigorating, and wild ride!

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

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    • Cameron VanAusdal,these comments inspire me to continue what I do. Thank you so much for your wonderful words and support. Part two is coming in hot on Wed.

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  8. Shane,
    For people who don’t want to spend the money on the upcoming 1DC what do you think of
    the 1DX for video? I know it’s not 4k but do you see it as a substantial move up from the
    Mark III or as an alternative to the 1DC?
    Thanks,
    Bob

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  9. One challenge I recently met and conquered was shooting with the 5D on a virtual set (all greenscreen). My VFX supervisor and me where a bit worried we where going to screw up but the budget didn’t allow for a Scarlet, which would have been my camera of choice for greenscreen work. Anyways we shot this 20 second commercial with the 5D mark III and the ALL-I codec was not only not problematic, it keyed all my mattes beautifully! My VFX supervisor in particular was stoked! If you have the time Shane take a look, it’s only 20 seconds long!
    https://vimeo.com/49270513

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    • Ruben Fernandez, I checked it out, looks very good. Nice little spot. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Hi Shane,
    I currently own a 5D II and I’m wondering what your thoughts are on switching over to the new 6D? The main reason I’m considering is because of the All-I compression, time code and hdmi out (for better monitoring).

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  11. Has anyone noticed that Canon DSLRs (I use the 7Ds) are particularly fond of daylight, not so much tungsten or otherwise? My colors seem more realistic when exposed with daylight. That said, would there be any benefit to digging out the 80 series filters, FL-Ds, etc.?

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    • Bob D, I am doing a blog post specifically on this. I have a work around and I think it will help you. Those 80 series will be great with the Red One and Epic.

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  12. Excellent! I thought I was loosing my mind, so used to tungsten stock and video cameras that had nice response curves to tungsten. I look forward to that blog.

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  13. will u pls pls explain or make a new post about “rolling Shutter” how get rid of it… i found lots of films made by DSLR but they don’t have rolling shutter !!! How???

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    • Ashik. Having a solid camera rig, and being aware of your movement are the best ways to remove rolling shutter. Adobe CS6 also have some tools to help stabilize motion in post.

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