Canon 5D Mark II update: Manual Video Exposure

And speaking of the Canon 5D Mark II, canon just announced a firmware update for it, enabling manual video exposure. One of the top customer feedback points. With the new firmware, you’ll be able to select the following in video mode:

Full aperture control
ISO Speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1
Shutter speed from 1/30 to 1/4000

The update will be available here on june 2nd.

Thanks for listening Canon. Now enable a choice between 24 and 30 FPS shooting, and you’ve got a winner.


Vincent Laforet’s 5D Mark II video

Vincent Laforet, famous PJ, was lucky enough to get his hands on a pre-production model of the new 21MP Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera. He had it in his possession less than 72 hours, but he still managed to produce a short movie (less than 2 minutes, costing him $5000 – not counting gear) that has since made the rounds all over the internet. Why was this movie so hyped? – Because there’s nothing hotter in the Photography bizz today than the merger of still picture and movie technology in SLR class bodies. And the 5D Mark II delivers 1080p HD quality at 30 frames per second for up to 4GB a clip – at unprecedented high ISOs, and for the price point ($2699 body only in the USA. Europeans get the pleasure of paying the same amount in Pound Sterling) unprecedented image quality. The movie after the jump is scaled to a quarter of the original size – the original footage would quite simply be to large to meet the bandwidth demand.

You’ve got to give it to him – he knows his timing (Photokina, 5D II launch), and he managed to get the most out of the beast in the short time he had it in his hands. Especially considering he claims to have no prior videography experience!

Vincents Reverie, filmed with a Canon 5D Mark II + a lot of top Canon glass.