Three remarkable films shot on a Digital SLR « Adam Westbrook
If you occasionally peer out of your journalism cocoon and hang out with camera operators, directors and film makers, you might have overheard some buzz about the potential of digital SLR’s for shooting video.
In particular I’m talking about the Canon 5D Mk II and the Canon 7D: both capable of shooting High Definition video as well as taking photographs.
Well these cameras beat even some of the best video-only cameras in several places:
- they’ve got bigger and better lenses, allowing for beautiful images
- they’ve got detachable and therefore interchangable lenses, meaning you can shoot wide angle and telephoto with the same camera
- they’ve got bigger apertures allowing for extraordinary depth of field
- they’re smaller, lighter and allow a photojournalist to shoot video without changing cameras
…essentially what I’m talking about is in 1 second of video you have 25 individually beautiful images which could be photographs in their own right. It’s seeing the the dawn of an exciting new aesthetic – wouldn’t it be great if documentaries and TV news looked more like these?
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