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Here is a selection of some of the blogs I have written specific to the new crop of Video DSLRs

Shooting Timelapse with DSLRs, all you need to know!

Skywalker Ranch, Lucasfilm, Red Tails, Star Wars and the Canon DSLRs

Detailed blog about 1 day drama shoot with 7D

Converge-One DSLR convergence event in London

Director’s viewfinder for iphone with 7D and 5DmkII

7D training video now available as hard copy DVD

New 7D firmware 1.1.0

5DmkII and 7D training DVDs now available as digital downloads

New short film on 7D “Venice’s People”

UK and US Amazon stores on my site with recommended gear and lenses

5DmkII in Betacam SP body!

Which one to buy? 1dmkIV. 7D or 5DmkII?

Comparison between Stills timelapse and Video timelapse

New short film on 5dmkII “San Francisco’s People”

Short film made up entirely of stills with 7D and 5DmkII

36 hour timelapse experiment with 7D

New Canon 5dmkII 24p/25p firmware announced

Canon 1d MkIV announced

Lensbaby composer

New 7D Firmware out

Tutorial on how to turn your DSLRs stills into timelapse

HD Version of my Greenpeace commercials shot on 5dmkII

How are DSLRs for shooting weddings?

Timelapse experiment in Dungeness with 7d

The Girl with the Flaxen hair. Short filmed on 7d in 30p!

7d or 5d? That is the question!

Timelapse test with the 7d

Daytime shots from Dublin on 7d

Dublin’s People: 1080p 24p 7d short

Shaving it back: First Canon 7d short

First impressions of Canon 7d

Pimp my Canon 7d

Latest 5dmkII workflow

Canon 7d with one BIG Cinema lens on it

Canon 7d announced!

Pancake 17mm f2.8 lens on GH1

Review of Zacuto Z-Finder V2

Great new monitor for the 5dmkII

Little bit of fun with Gh1, Sigma 30mm f1.4 and Glidetrack Compact

2x extender for Canon 5dmkII

A great cheap way to get a viewfinder for the Canon 5dmkII

The Canon 5dmkII, a documentarian’s camera?

Syncing Audio and Video using Plurayes for Final Cut Pro

The Vari-ND and Fader-NDs, live savers with 5mkII in Delhi

Shooting a Greenpeace Commercial/ Documentary on the 5dmkII in India

Canon 5dmkII 25/24p Tutorial from London FCPUG

Magic Lantern firmware for the 5dmkII

Convergence with the 5dmkII, my first billboard!

Shooting in Candlelight on 5d, also glidetrack and using the vari-nds

Vari-Nd’s: The solution to keeping your shutter and iris to what you want

Shooting a broadcast TV commercial on the Canon 5dMkII and the Zacuto Tactical Shooter

Hoodloupe 3.0 Vs Zacuto Z-Finder

Cherry Blossom Girl, new handheld short on 5d mk II

Affordable monitors for the Canon 5d mk II

The GH1 30 minute record issue…

How to convert Canon 5dmk2 30p footage to 24p

How to record sound on the Canon 5d Mk 2

Video DSLRs, the death of 35mm adaptors?

Home Movies on the 5dmk2

Shooting a documentary on the 5d and EX1. Letus

Full manual control coming for the 5dmk2

EU Launch of Lumix GH1 and short film “Joshua Tree”

“Sofia’s People” Short film on 5dmk2

Lumix GH1 and PL lenses

My first 5dmk2 footage

Using a Matte Box on the GH1

Lumix GH1 slow motion film “Kauai Sunset”

Lumix GH1 with Nikon Primes and low light

Panasonic Lumix GH1 first impressions

Nikon D90

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  1. What do you think about video and picture quality and capabilities on Pentax K7 vs Canon 5mdmk2 and Lumix GH1?

    1. pbloom says:

      i haven’t seen the Pentax sorry.

  2. ben says:

    What about the Canon T1i, Anyone got any experience with that? It is so much cheaper than the 5dmk2… I am sure there is something that i won’t like that will keep me from purchasing.

  3. Rolf Jahn says:

    Hi Philip,
    love all your work. Found your site over Vimeo looking for Philip Glass and saw your Insomnia. Great.

    What do you think from your experiences:

    can the Lumix GH1 also be used for situations, where normally a camcorder, like let’s say Panasonic HDC SD300 ( I’m a poor amateur an want to jump into HD ), would be used. In other words are handling and automatic features good enough for fast changing, unpredictable scenarios ?

    1. pbloom says:

      glad you like Glass Insomnia!

      I guess so, it’s very versatile

  4. mark morris says:


    With such a big sensor in the D5 (compared to a 2/3″ HDCAM) is the image quality (sharpness, clarity) any better than shooting with an EX1/3 at the same resolution? Is it bigger pixels, and does that translate into superior images?


    1. pbloom says:

      yes and no…the compression is inferior on the 5d to the ex3 so blockier.

  5. Jean-Jacques says:

    First of all, let me thank you for all information you are sharing. Your jobs are fantastic, and this is very motivating… I will see next week if I can attend the Dublin session on Sept. 6th…

    I am in the process to make a video film in which I would like to provide really good DOF. I own an EX1. Some friends are doing video films with Canon 5DMarKII and I was wondering what would be your recommendation on the following options :
    1) EX1 + Letus adaptor
    2) EOS 5DMarkII (video mode)
    3) any other DLSR using video mode

    I understand that my EX1 will allow for some slow motion (720p) and this is the only benefit (still substantial) that I found. On the other hand, shooting with EOS 5D markII must be lighter.

    What do you reckon?

    1. pbloom says:

      Hi there

      Shooting with 5d is lighter. But doesnt shoot 25p or 24p. That is a big issue. Overcrank is lovely on ex1…it depends on what sort of thing you want to make. What is it you want to make?

  6. Clara Cruz says:

    Thank you so much for making all this information available!

    I still have one question though… The 5d is way out of my league, but I’ve read your reviews on both the 7d and the panasonic lumix gh1 but couldn’t come to a conclusion on which should I buy. Are you considering comparing the two any time soon?

    Thank you!

    1. pbloom says:

      Probably not Clara. My thoughts on the GH1 are that it as an awesome camera with a cripplingly low bit rate making it not really usable for broadcast. For other stuff it’s great. It’s also very cheap, great to operate, light and so many other cool things.

      The 7d is a superior film making device as the codec is very strong, it’s far from perfect in many ways but I will be using the 7d for paid jobs.

  7. Hey Philip,

    I thought you were a Nikon man i don’t see anything about the D300s, which im about to buy by the way. But that 7D does look very good.

    1. pbloom says:

      I am but have never seen a D300s. I emailed Nikon to ask if I could test it and they didn’t reply. So what is a guy to do?

  8. Bill Hewlett says:

    Hello Philip.

    I have two questions; i hope you’ll find time to answer them.

    Do you use/alter any specific settings in the 7D menus before you start shooting, or are we looking at out of the box recordings?

    Does you 7D suffer from pattern noise at low ISO in skin colors? I see that problem more and more discussed on the internet. My 7D has that too. Was wondering if it is an issue, or that there is a simple work around; either in-camera or in post.

    Thanks for you time,

    Bill Hewlett

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