14 thoughts on “Canon 5D Mark II in da house

  1. One thing people asks constantly about is how it compares to the Nikon D700. I guess they’re really asking about high ISO. I have tried the 5DmkII but not the D700 so I’m not able to say anything useful about it. But have you tried both and, if so, what’s your take on how they compare?

  2. Hi,
    I have two questions.
    1) How is the process of getting the video into Final Cut Pro. Is there decoding/transcoding going on. If yes, does that take time ?
    2) Video quality is amazing judging the videos that already circulating in the net. But how about audio ? How does the build-in microphone performs and what do you get if you connect an external passive microphone. This issue will determine if external audio recording is still necessary or not.


  3. @Jo Christian Oterhals
    Haven’t tried the D700 either. But I guess there will pop up some comparisons now that the 5D MkII is in the shops.

    1. You don’t have to transcode, but at this point you would probably end up transcoding: the files are standard H264 and can be edited directly in Final Cut. But the problem is that you need very powerful hardware to edit full HD H264 in Final Cut. If you want to edit on a laptop you have to transcode to Apple Intermediate or another less compressed format.

    So, when a new wave of super powerful laptops arrive you can start editing directly…

    2. With the tests we have done the audio is OK, but not good. Using the internal mic on the camera has serious limitations of course. Picking up the sound of all operations you do on the camera and the image stabilizer motor if you use an IS lens. With an external mic it is better, but still a bit noisy.

    For professional productions you would be better off recording audio with a separate device. For interviews and simple background audio you could do with the built in audio and preferably with an external mic.

    I’l post test clips later…

  4. Gautam says:

    I just got my MkII on Nov 28th; quite outstanding. Have not tried out the video yet, but the picture quality was very good. Like the colour balance.
    I had changed up from my d300, so it was quite exciting with the new full frame and a sought after camera.

  5. Hi,
    Thanks for providing the valuable information on your web site. I am having Sony DSCT100. It has ISO settings but I am unable to find option for multiple ISO settings. Manual says I can set multiple ISO settings but how it does not tell.

    Can you help me?

    Amit Tiwari

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