This camera needs very little introduction at this point. To call it revolutionary would be an understatement — by incorporating a video mode in their full frame still camera (simply because the folks at the Associated Press requested it as a neat option for their photojournalists to have) Canon changed not only the expectations of shooters and their clients but also the entire path forward for the big boy pro video camera companies. The Panasonic AF100 and Sony F3 are reactions to the 5DMkII. Television shows such as House and Hawaii 5-0 use the 5DMkII regularly and not just as a way to achieve a trick shot — it’s an invaluable part of their camera departments.
The 5DMkII offers full 1080p video recording in either 30 or 24p. Audio can be recorded in-camera but it is better to utilize a second sound system and then match up the audio in post. The camera records to CompactFlash cards and can record for up to 12 minutes (4GB) at a time — complaining about this won’t help and, besides, think of it as a nice throwback to the days of 11 minute film magazines. The look that can be created by this camera is worth the headaches or dealing with the awkward form factor.
It also takes very nice stills. It is, after all, a DSLR camera.
Rental Rates & Terms
- Canon 5DMkII with (2) batteries, AC power supply, charger, (2) 16GB CF cards: $125/day
- Canon 5DMkII with Z-Finder, Zacuto gunstock shoulder stabilizer, (2) batteries, AC power supply, charger, (2) 16GB CF cards: $150/day
- Canon 5DMkII with (4) cine-modified Nikon primes, follow focus, Z-Finder, Zacuto gunstock shoulder stabilizer,(2) batteries, AC power supply, charger, (2) 16GB CF cards: $250/day