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?


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  2. I run a Canon T2i and I am building a full kit of DSLR goodies for it. I think that the T2i, even though priced under $1000 has good quality and I know it can do wonderful things in the right hands. I think you should speak to the T2i/550D community always ;) and pepper in a little camera "porn" talking about the 5D.

    I could upgrade to the 60D or 7D or 5D but I am gonna ride it out with my lil T2i and keep coming here.

  3. I have set your blog as my home page yet I have and shoot with 5D Markii. I will be gald to see you posting tips on this camera.

  4. With Magic lantern on the edge of releasing firmware for the T2, I feel like it will soon be a great video DSLR.

  5. I found your site While searching for 5DII info, and in my mind DSLR tips regardless of make can contribute to most people. So my vote is for you to put the tips out for us to see.

  6. Hi Karl, i'm new on this blog and i would ask you some questions about Canon 7D/5D and Premiere CS5.

    I'm just looking around to buying a new pc (the old one died!) and i want to get something that will work without problems with the footage of 7D and 5D. I've just seen your video on Adobe site about the working process in Premiere with the native format of Canon cameras (as i'm italian maybe i missed something but i think to have understood the main point).
    How should be the minimun requirements of my pc system to edit the DSLR native footage? (i mean processor, RAM, Video Card, etc.) Do you think that a processor Core i5, 4 Gb RAM, 1.024 mb Video Card (max memory 3.582 mb) can be enough?


  7. P.S.:

    Speed of the processor: 2,530 GHz