Canon 5DmkII Tests – Part 1

So the testing continues. I had this week to go though some of the features and configurations that I think would best work for my style of shooting. Here’s what I found:

  • Using a Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect Adapter is the way to go. All my cameras are now universal to my tripods. And I can balance the cameras to any need.

  • The audio from the built-in mic is OK for a scratch track to sync to. Although using a production mixer or an adapter like a JuiceLink or BeachTek is quite helpful. The digital audio recorded is only 10bit with a frequency range of about 300hz to 8khz. So use an external recorder when possible. I had some pretty good luck running my Sennheiser wireless receiver straight into the EXT MIC input in a pinch. A good mounting solution for your receivers is the BeachTek MultiMount 5D.

  • If you are trying to connect your production mixer to the 5D HOSA makes a great XLR to stereo mini adapter. You just need to be careful with your gain staging – otherwise use one of the adapters I mentioned earlier to even out your microphone input levels.

  • I am pretty well invested in Nikon and have a lot of Nikkor glass that I still like. I found a great F to EOS adapter from Fotodiox to allow me to use my lenses on my Canon. It is the consumer version around $30 and popped right on. To that I say…Right On =) I also bought an FD to EOS adapter for an older Canon FD 35mm ƒ2.8 lens that a friend gave me – works like a champ. It was around $40.

  • I’m using the CAVISION matte box system with RedRock Micro’s support system just makes it – but nice. I need to get a good donut adapter for the back of the matte box – Still looking…
We’ll, that’s all for this one. Check back soon =) Thanks

My Sony EX3

Well, in spite of all the hoopla (mine included) with the 5Ds and 7Ds, I still like my Sony EX3 a whole bunch =)

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a Jenny Craig video blog and I used my trusty EX3 and it worked like a champ. Easy in / Easy out… no tools required. My friend is the primary on the GIG but occasionally will send me to fill in. Very cool. We shoot on sound stages, in homes and on location. This camera is really suited for fast moving production. I am now typically shooting with KinoFlo Diva 400’s and some Lowel ViP Pro-Lights for interviews – again, easy in / easy out. They are lite weight, low power and low heat. The EX3 is such a light vacuum, the output of the Divas is sometimes almost too much. I have downloaded some of the new custom settings that people are coming up with to give a more “film like” look. They are really nice. When you combine this with a little color grading in post it looks terrific.

I use an IDX A-E2EX3 Endura Battery Power Adapter to fit my bigger
90mw B4B batteries on the back. I can run almost 4 hours per battery and the camera looks a little beefier in that config.

If there is any concern about the “size” of the camera package I just add the matte box and FF system and we seem to be fine. Plus I like the added comfort of the FF and rails.

More to come with the EX3. I think so much of production these days is akin to the philosophy painters use: They could paint a great sea scape with water colors or oils or acrylics — and it would turn out just fine. But, the real artistry is knowing which medium is going to best represent what the artist is imagining. Lets all keep our pallets fresh and full of color =)

‘Til next time,


Welcome to my blog. I thought I should finally jump in and write something here…

I plan to post thoughts and experiences with various projects and gear. Everything from HDSLRs to Sony XDCAM EX 35mm lens adapters and beyond.

I look forward to comments from others and varying viewpoints.

Thanks for stopping by,