Canon EOS-5D Mark II

Michael: Canon's second best image quality (together with 1DS mk III) and the camera that started the HDDSLR revolution. When I got my 1D mk IV I still needed and wanted a fullframe camera. I kept the 5D mk II over the 1DS mk III because of the roughly 1 stop better high ISO performance and the gorgeous movie shooting in 1080p. Together with the 1D mk IV I have all facettes of my photography covered and have two bodies for shooting HD video. On the left you can see the optional battery grip Canon BG-E6 attached to the 5D mkII. I always put the battery grips on the smaller bodies to gain better portrait shooting (with the aditional grip and buttons) and overall stability (while I want my equipment as light as possible, the extra weight and bigger grip here give me personally the ability to handhold a shot at about 1 stop slower shutter speeds).

- low light shooting with usable ISO 6400 for still photography
- great HD video (1080p) up to ISO 3200 with some noise reduction in post
- fullframe sensor with great quality 21M pixels gives plenty of resolution and detailed images when properly used with capable lenses
- fullframe sensor produces small depth of field (great for blurring distracting backgrounds) and gives the field of view at any given focal length, that any former film shooter is accustomed to
- live view with a high resolution display is a must for absolute precise focusing on tripods and also for HDDSLR video shooting

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VFX photography: ***** / *****
The 5D mk II with 21M pixels on a fullframe sensor is ideal for high resolution HDR panoramas. Together with the
Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8, the Promote Control P-CTRL-1 and a stable panorama head like the 360precision Adjuste Mk II you can shoot bracketed 360° panoramas with about 14000 x 7000 pixels in a few minutes.

Reference filming for Roland Emmerich's "
2012" with the Canon 5D Mk II and the
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM:

600mm from Greg Strasz on Vimeo.


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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Michael: One of the best low light and sports cameras today. Canon's best image quality as of 2011 makes this camera also highly desired for nature and landscape photography.
Exchanged my trusty 1DS Mark III with this one to gain:
- 10 fps with incredible autofocus, still the fastest pro-camera on the market
- low light shooting with usable ISO 6400 and 12800 for still photography
- great HD video (1080p) up to ISO 5000 maybe 6400 with some noise reduction in post
- 1.3x crop factor (APS-H) with best quality 16M pixels effectively gives more reach with telelenses
- it seems the 1D IV is equipped with a weakened anti aliasing filter in front of the sensor, the images out of the camera are quite crisp and need lesser sharpening in post
- live view with a high resolution Display is a must for absolute precise focusing on tripods and also for HDDSLR video shooting

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VFX photography: ***** / *****
The image quality out of this body meets all requirements for high-end VXF post production. For even more resolution, the 21M pixel EOS-5D Mark II is a great companion. In general I use this body, when I need responsiveness, best available autofocus, 10 fps, more reach with tele lenses and better low light ISO performance.
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Using a variety of professional DSLR cameras, Michael is prepared for different shooting styles and conditions while delivering high-class image quality to his clients.
Being a Canon EOS shooter from day one (the 1987 Canon EOS 650 is still working, just needs a fresh battery and a roll of film) he continues to use EOS camera bodies and EF lenses amongst other equipment. While Nikon has comparable cameras and lens selections, as of 2011 Canon still leads with it's full HD video capabilities. Being able to shoot high quality 1080p HD video with still camera bodies is a great benefit in VFX photography.
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