The soon to be released Canon 1D C - 4K camera with the new 50mm Cinema Lens.
I’ve never intended this to become a ‘gear‘ focused blog so this post will be a bit different.
But trust me, it will come around.
Having embraced the motion capabilities of the 5D Mark II I am excited about eventually moving to a more robust camera system. While working with the RED One on my Fox Sports campaign, I considered that to be the next logical step. Especially when the Scarlet was announced late last year at a more affordable rate.
Cut to today and Canon has been making headway with a few new cameras that are truly amazing. First came the C300 Cinema Camera announced this past November (same day as the Scarlet). Then, only 2 weeks ago they announced the Canon 1D C. (pictured above at a Canon event I attended) The first DSLR to shoot 4K internally and the C500, a 4K RAW version of the C300.
(and that’s just Canon. there are many other manufactures rocking out some amazing cameras)
So where am I going with this?
Well, as you can see, it’s hard not to get caught up in the mentality that a ‘New Camera’ will instantly make you a better photographer/director. And all of the sudden your current camera just doesn’t seem as sexy as it did 24 hours earlier.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the differences between my 5D Mark II the RED and the new 1D C are HUGE. But I also know that I don’t have an additional 15-20K burning a hole in my pocket to go out and buy one today. What I do have – in my possession – is a camera that captures amazingly beautiful HD footage that has been played on broadcast television to mine and my clients satisfaction. And I can always rent the RED if need be.
So here lies my challenge:
I cannot allow myself to get lost in the hype. Convincing myself the minute…the second a new camera system is announced I need to throw everything out in the hope that the next best thing will be the illusive, ‘IT’. Only to have the same thing happen a year down the road.
While writing this, I began to think about how I went through this exact struggle in late 2004. I had recently shot/directed my first short film on Hi-8 and had done other video work with Sony Betacam’s the Canon XL1s but was never happy with their ‘video’ look. (I even had a client complain about the XL1s footage) But then, it all changed with the release of the Canon XL2. One of the first affordable cameras to shoot at a ‘filmic’ frame rate of 24p. There were probably others but I don’t remember. What I do remember is that the movie, “28 Day’s Later” had been filmed on it and I had to have it!
Side Note: This was an SD camera…this was before HD so I hope you get where I’m coming from now.
My progression in video formats over the years: VHS > Hi-8 > Beta > SD > HD > to today, wishing I could shoot in 4K.
To be honest, I don’t know where this leads. If I had the budget, and the clients were requesting it, I would buy a new camera today. But my clients aren’t demanding 4K…Yet.
So I write this to no one but myself in the hope that when I walk in my studio tomorrow and see my 5D Mark II, I will be thankful for what I have.
I am embedding the first music video that I directed back in 2005. It was for the band, The Reflection. I shot this on the XL2 over a two day period and the edited it in the original FCP (literally going a bit mad in the process…seriously). I haven’t shown this in a while, for many reasons. But I’m putting it out there… And you know what, I’m proud of this. Is it the best music video ever made..no freakin’ way. But at a young age, I knew I wanted to direct music videos. And with this I was able to fulfill that dream. Let’s just hope that there are more to come in the future.
The Reflection: Brandy & Wine, 2005
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