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My First 5D MARK II Video – Malinois K9 Training Session

Photo & Video - July 4th, 2009

This is my first video with the 5D mark II, my friend Per with his malinois K9 Banshee during one of their last training sessions (a really light one) before she was promoted to the elite competition bracket. You can visit them at http://www.bandofbanshees.se.

I’m still working out how to find the focus, hold everything still and so on (remembering to turn on the IS helps a lot when using the 70-200 lens…) but the video quality from the 5D mark II is amazing and I love how it’s possible to play with the short depth of field while filming. I couldn’t edit the 1080p source clips in Premiere, my system just isn’t fast enough (and almost no one is I believe) so I transcoded the clips to youtube resolution before I started editing.

Canon 5D Mark II First Impressions

Photo & Video - March 12th, 2009

Finally, close to 6 months after I places my order (when they were presented) and 3 and a half months after they started shipping I got my Canon 5D mark II yesterday. Sweden is often seen as a high-tech IT country with a hunger for new technology, something Canon must have missed when they decided the allotments of the new camera. Reports from all over the world have said that it’s been available over the counter in stores for quite a while now both in Tokyo (not so surprising) and Teheran (a bit more surprising).

Desktop

One of the very first photos taken with my 5D mark II, I just took a snapshot of my desktop... A 35mm lens at F1.4 leads to a fairly wide standard view and ISO 100 an a room only using ambient lighting at night.

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Travel Photography

Photo & Video - February 18th, 2009

Almost everyone takes photos on their travels, it’s a way to keep some of our happiest memories vibrant and full of life. With the advent of the digital camera the number of photos have dramatically risen, but the average quality of every photo have declined in the same rate. Everyone has the possibility to get magazine quality photos from their travels and this page will show you how.

Traffic Light in front of Notre Dame

A traffic light in front of the Notre Dame in Paris. A 35mm lens was used on the 40D.

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Noise Reduction Guide for Digital Photos

Photo & Video - February 13th, 2009

Even though the image quality of digital cameras keep getting better and better with every generation, there’s still room for improvement in the high ISO noise department. As long as the cameras allowme to take photos that’ll show noise, I’ll do it if it means thatI can use natural lighting and sufficiently freeze the subjects movements. The highest selectable ISO setting will usually result in photos that are close to unusable, the next highest in photos that are usable but containing clearly visible noise and two stops down from the max ISO the camera takes photos which are essentially free from noise.This guide will show how to make the noisiest photos usable and make the ones on the border worthy of large prints.

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The Obsession with the 24fps Frame Rate

Photo & Video - December 17th, 2008

One of the biggest criticisms to the Movie mode of the Canon 5D mark II according to the concensus of the web is the lockdown to a fixed framerate of 30 frames per second. The critique seems to stem from the fact that since american NTSC video is captured using 30fps and Hollywood film are shot using 24fps, the video output from the 5D mark II resembles sitcoms from the 80′s rather than high quality film. Can this be true?

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Low Light Photography

Photo & Video - December 9th, 2008

When I take photos, I like to be an invisible observer and not interfere with my environment. A vital part of that is to avoid using flash. Using a flash disturbs my environment and screws the natural lighting, as a result I use a number of techniquesto allow myself to capture photos in low light situations.

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Canon EOS 40D Review

Photo & Video - December 3rd, 2008

One year ago, November 2007, I decided it was time that I graduated from my Canon EOS 300D digital SLR into something a bit more professional when Canon released the EOS 40D. Earlier in the autumn i had borrowed a 5D and was struck by the speed of operation and ISO performance and now wanted something similar.

The EOS 40D seemed like a good buy; reasonable money, ISO performance rivalling the 5D,decent resolution (10Mp), 6.5fps and a tough magnesium body with professional controls and speed. So as soon as it was available I ordered it and it soon showed up. My plan was to go through the different areas of performance using real world photos taken during the last year. So, here we go!

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RED Presents the Fusion of Still and Video Photography

Photo & Video - November 18th, 2008

RED has teased for a while that they have something planned that will revolutionize the DSLR business in the same way that their RED ONE revolutionized the digital movie making industry. Today RED presented the modular Scarlet and Epic platform.

Jan Jannards RED presented scarce information on the Scarlet and Epic a while ago, saying that the second generation cameras from the company would be much better than the groundbreaking RED ONE, but not much more except their different uses. Scarlet being a smaller less expensive camera and Epic catering to the professional crowd with large budgets. He has also hinted on a DSMC, a Digital Movie and Still Camera that would turn the traditional DSLR industry upside down.

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Why the Canon 5D Mark II is the Best Movie Camera Available

Photo & Video - November 18th, 2008

Canon wasn’t first to present a DSLR camera capable of capturing video, Nikon beat them by roughly a month with the D90. While the D90 was a rushed product concieved to take the glory from the new 5D, it doesn’t change that the 5D Mar II is the true revolution that brings 35mm feature film quality to the hands of everyone who wants it.

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