Thursday, 19 July 2012

Travelling with the 5D Mk3

So my girlfriend and I made a trip to the stunning south island a couple weeks back. It was a good chance to spend some time with my new baby (and my girlfriend of course). Check out the pix and draw your own conclusions.

Road trip to South Island, NZ. from stills&motion on Vimeo.

Personally I am so relieved to be able to shoot landscapes at high apertures without worrying about moire and aliasing issues (as in the mk2). With the mk2 moire was particulary apparent when filming ocean scenes while aliasing occurred on anything straight. Canon have remedied these issues if at the expense of a little sharpness which may be rectified in post.

I shot a lot in 720 at 50 fps. This was a feature that made me very jealous of 7D owners - oh how the tables have turned (add evil laugh here). If only it was at full HD resolution, alas, 720 will have to do for now.

The camera handled really nicely. I really enjoyed the addition of the movie/stills switch. I took two lenses with me, my trusty Canon 24-105mm f/4 L and a Nikon zoom lens. All tilting and panning were done hand-held with the image stabilizer on and warp stabilizer was also applied to some shots.

I shot in a Neutral picture profile and added sharpening and slight colour correction in Premiere.

So overall I was pretty happy with the 5D mk3. The body is a small, rugged and weather proof.  The operation is easy. The images are of a high standard.


  1. Hi, Peter. When using 720p @ 5Ofps are you setting your shutter to 50 or 60? And are you simply dropping the footage onto a 25p timeline?


  2. Hi there, on the mk3 60 is the slowest shutter speed available, but the above clips were probably shot at variable shutter speeds between 60-125. In Premiere you must set the frame rate of each clip to 25fps then they will playback in slo mo in a 25 fps sequence. to set the frame rate right click (or ctr click) the clip and open the interpret footage menu.