Weekend testing of Prototype Canon 1DMKIV HD video in Prague

I personally recommend the 7D version as it covers the same ground as the 5DmkII version but in more detail.




our first touch...
our first touch...


In a few hours I get on a plane to Prague where it is VERY cold. I am meeting up with Albert Hughes to do some shooting on the 1DmkIV. It’s a stunning city and should look great with this camera in low light.




Prague at night, not shot on 1DmkIV
Prague at night, not shot on 1DmkIV


I only have it for a two days so it’s unlikely I will get a chance to do any side by comparisons between this, the 7D and the 5DmkII but even from one very short test shot I did it’s way cleaner at 3200 ISO than the Canon 5dMKII and 7D are.




Z-Finder V2 or 1DmkIV
Z-Finder V2 or 1DmkIV


I will be updating this blog over the next three days or so finally culminating in a short film made out there.

On Sunday, Lucasfilm’s Rick McCallum will be joining us which will be very cool as we had a great time over at Skywalker Ranch last week. In that vein below is the very first shot I did with the Canon 1dmkiV prototype. Don’t worry, it will get better from now on 😉  !!

Silliest first test shot of Canon 1DMKIV ever… from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

well so far anyway!

Just camera on tripod. Lights off, let’s see what she can do.

ISO 3200. CANON L series 35mm f1.4 wide open.

Check out my blog for continual updates of weekend shooting with it.

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  1. That was perfect use of the new saber. Just watched the boxes get ripped open on your other video…. should’ve seen this coming. Ha! Great plot development! 🙂

  2. LMAO, still on your Skywalker trip.

    Prague very beautiful, a great shooting location.

    Can’t wait for the review.

  3. I’m not impressed, I get that same kind of low light performance from my HVX and letus adapter,….

    ….BWAhahaAHAHAAAaaa! …oh man, oh that was funny.

    JK,that low light performance is ridiculous!, I’m envious.

    BTW, the light-saber powering off looked very cool in a pitch black room!

  4. I can’t judge on the 1DMKIV quality their is a damn geek one the video
    Anyway thanks for you’re videos really inspiring or informative (exept this one 🙂

  5. awesome!!

    Bring it on…

    PS – would love to see a green saber battling with you – lighting would look awesome!

  6. Super curious to see if Canon got rid of the recording light/cropping of the image on the hdmi output with this camera so it could be used with NanoFlash or http://www.cinedeck.com/content/#/2?type=serial&var=
    so h.264 could be bypassed.

    Have a chance to connect it to the nanoflash?

    Cheers from LA! — Congrats on the whole Skywalker Ranch saga- pure awesomeness!


    1. The IDmkIV white paper has an illustration of an image during recording mode displayed on an external HDMI monitor – there are black pillars on the sides – the 16:9 image is inside a 4:3 box on a 16:9 screen. Disappointing, and amazingly stupid.

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  8. That is freakin hilarious. Lucky Lucky Lucky… feed us visuals when you get the chance. Happy Hols Everybody!

  9. Great !!! Anxiously waiting for more footage ……. Low light capability seems to be much better than anything by Canon at this time.

  10. Hey Phil. Is this the Albert Hughes, twin brother of Allen Hughes, director of “Menace II Society” “Book of Eli” Albert Hughes?

          1. Can you please tell me how that email went? Was he already finished with Book of Eli? Please tell me I’ll be able to read your name on a big budget film on IMDB soon?