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Sep
10

Sold my Canon 7D: explaining why…

After some consideration during spring 2010, i decided to stop DSLR video shooting – despite some serious investments in gear and paraphernalia – and return to HD videocamera shooting, using a DOF convertor to taste. For the latter my tools of trade remain the Sony XDCAM-EX, 35mm DOF adapter, Zeiss prime lenses, SmallHD DP1x, Convergent Design Nanoflash, et cetera…

I have been a film cameraman all my life and i’m used to heavy duty cameras with ditto tools. The flimsy and fragile DSLR lenses and focussing, in combination with the clumsy camera design and total lack of control (maybe with the exception of using the Magic Lantern software on the 5DmkII) and lack of a proper viewfinder, made me decide to take my losses and drop the 7D. DSLR cameras are NOT video cameras (yet). They are a gimmick and most of all just still cameras. I still find the amount of compression and micro-blocking artifacts due to downscaling on the Bayer-filter imaging element unbearable, specially when used for blowup to 2K cinema format. There is no “raw” SDI-like output.

I was saving up money to buy the Scarlet by Red, that was announced Spring of four preceding years in a row😉 When it’s release was delayed again this spring, i decided to just be patient, confident and satisfied with the gear i already owned and spent my money on other more important things.

The XDCam-EX / Nanoflash / DOF adapter / Zeiss lenses combo gives me perfect and professional control over image, depth of field, video signal and exposure. The HD signal is much much cleaner, specially when blown-up for 2K cinema use, and provides me with an outstanding Film Look.

Because the 7D was on the shelf catching dust for over half a year already, i decided to sell it. I don’t feel sorry – not even for the financial loss. I only feel stupid; that i’ve allowed myself being swept away with the whole DSLR hype, with some prominent international filmmakers in the lead. – read updated article above –

DSLR filming = Low Budget. Let’s not forget that and let’s see what the future brings.

Martin Beek.


4 Responses to “Sold my Canon 7D: explaining why…”


  1. 1 Chris
    September 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I think it’s exciting exactly because it’s for low budget. It allows for a more ‘cinematic feel’ if not perfect picture quality.

    Though personally I’m excited about Scarlet which I hope will be out spring 2011 at the latest (although I could swear Jannard saying ‘end of 2010’). Let’s see… Anyway, a scarlet should give optimum handling AND performance for your dollar. I know it’s easy to make fun of Red and their delays, but fact is that they deliver big – even if it takes some time.🙂

  2. 2 marvelsfilm
    September 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Chris. I totally agree. We have to be patient and i am confident that the Scarlet is going to be great.

    Martin

  3. 3 Carlos Poleschi
    September 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    heel erg jammer.
    groeten
    Carlos.

  4. November 14, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I can understand why you have dropped the 7D format. But low budget doesn’t mean non-inventive. One thing I have found is that the 7D has spawned a cottage industry of very expensive 3rd party gear. And most of the creativity shown by owners of the camera especially the “so-called” exponents of the medium are short, feature testing, ditties in a sense. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make substantial film with it. It just means that a whole lot of people have now got the power of the 7D and aren’t too sure what to do with it. Except be tempted to buy 3rd party gear to compensate for its inherent weaknesses. But having said that, the 7D is an excellent camera! Shooting video is only one thing it can do. And for feeling stupid over the hype… well there are people out there making great stuff with less. So in the end it’s not the tool but the idea. The issue at the moment is that we have “self appointed” leaders (no names mentioned but we all know who they are) making more money aiding and abetting the hype. Still, you gotta pay the rent somehow. If something great comes out of it then it’s worth the trouble. And thanks for the styles…


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