Shooting Canon 5D – the hidden benefits…

We love the Canon 5D and what it can do. Lot’s has been reported about getting great results, about lenses, mounts, viewfinders etc., but one really amazing thing for guerrilla film makers especially is this. It is a stills camera and therefore makes the camera operator look more like a tourist than a film maker. Because it does not look like a film or video camera, shooting out in public areas becomes much more viable, even at landmark locations.

This short film above, ‘Sign Language’, written and Exec produced by a good friend of mine, Stephen Follows, is a great example. Shooting on public buses and Oxford Street in the heart of London, using only available light, the micro crew managed to get the production value of this iconic location without having to go through endless hoops to ‘officially’ shoot there. Of course it comes with its own risks. You may get kicked out, but if you notify the police (like these guys did), it’s much less likely.

‘Sign Language’ was made for a competition run by Reed – and if you liked it, and we did, you can vote for it here.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

4 Responses to Shooting Canon 5D – the hidden benefits…

  1. Kate February 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    The dslr’s also have bad points. For instance, some of the camera op’s I’ve talked to have said they are uncomfortable and can’t shoot for long periods of times handheld, like being a steadicam op, the rates for dslr op’s might rise.

    I’d still choose them over another camera, the benefits far outweigh the cons.

  2. Genevieve Jolliffe February 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    What a cute little film! Well down Stephen. Beautiful! Here’s hoping you win 🙂

  3. Bob February 25, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    Great film. Met one of them tonight. Here’s a couple of errata: It was a 7D, on simple bars for shoulder mounting. They had all location permissions. Stephen did not exec.

  4. Moji February 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I have only gotten to use a 5D once just taking stills and I was still found it very challenging to keep in focus.

    I love the overall look of this footage but I am still not sure the 5D/7D is an efficient “run and gun” camera without some sort of stabilization device. A tripod, shoulder mount, a fig rig will help get the most out of it but then you lose the benefit of being inconspicuousness.

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