Sunday, December 26, 2010

List of features for new Magic Lantern firmware

If you haven't played with the Magic Lantern firmware updates, and are feeling brave, there's a fantastic new version of the firmware that really unlocks a TON of new features for the camera. My friend James Thorpe has a full list of them on his blog here: http://jamesthorpe.com/blog/?p=381

For those not familiar with Magic Lantern, you should be. Alex and the community at Magic Lantern are developing their own firmware for Canon cameras, and they've been able to unlock a lot of features to make these cameras more useable for the video pros. Check it out!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

To 5D, or not to 5D, that is the question...

So, when I started this blog, I was literally starting from scratch. I had never owned a DSLR camera before, so everything was new to me. I was moving from a more traditional video camera - shooting the likes of the HVX-200 and the Canon HV30. The price of the 5D always put it just outside of reach for me as a personal purchase.

Then, it all changed with the Rebel T2i. Here was a sub-$1000 camera that shot similar quality, and left me enough money in my pocket to start building up a selection of lenses, rigs, and other gear. I picked up a Rode VideoMic, a 50mm f/1.4 lens, a Tamron 11-16mm F/2.8 lens, and started saving for a 70-200mm Canon lens.

Just as I was getting proficient in all this gear, a funny thing happened - CS5 came out. As most of you reading this know, I work for Adobe, focused on the video tools, and Premiere Pro CS5 has some wonderful advantages over the competition when working with DSLR clips. So, it became a focus of my job to be an expert in all things DSLR for video. I love it when it all comes full circle like that. :-)

So, what's the problem? Well, Canon provided everyone on the team with a 5D Mk ii on long-term loan to play with! Believe me, I'm not complaining! However, it has caused me to focus a lot less on this blog. I'm unclear if the world needs another 5D blog, as there are a ton of guys out there already that have covered that camera.

What would YOU like to see RebelShooters evolve into? I've got some upcoming blog entries coming that talk about audio with the Rebel T2i, and my experiences using both the Rode VideoMic and the Zoom H1n. But, long-term, would you like to see some 5D tips appear here?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010