The Hyper 35mm Camera. 5DmkII in a Sony Betacam body

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This has to be either the funniest thing I have ever seen or the most genius thing I have ever seen and I cannot work out which!!!

Screen shot 2009-10-22 at 09.10.20A company in Australia has taken the 5DmkII, modified it and house it in the body of an old Sony Betcam body. Adding a pre-amp, monitor, timelapse controller..You use the viewfinder and the monitor is on the side.

Screen shot 2009-10-22 at 09.18.54Screen shot 2009-10-22 at 09.14.09It was only a matter of time before someone would do this. It’s for rental only. I have to say it really is absolute genius/ insane!!! It looks like a big joke, but it isn’t April 1st and everything they have done is absolutely feasible with a bit of work!

You have to watch the video of it here. It’s awesome!

Check out their site here if you live near Sydney and want to rent it!


  1. They should hollow out the inside of the casing and use it as a lens storage area.

    Then you could justify to yourself carrying around the extra bulk.

  2. Hang on a minute .. this is all fine and good but Phil, haven’t you already stated that the final MBit output is still too low for Broadcast? In which case, this camera will be limited, at best, to Corporate Video productions or at worst, cable TV, where VHS quality is the standard they stive for.

    Having said that, these days it seems all bets are off when it comes to ‘quality’ images that go to air on Australian television!

  3. Ah,
    I saw this piece of gear when I was trolling the interweb. At first I thought it was a bit over the top to call it the HYPER 35mm! But then I found out that one of the team members is a friend of mine….
    Sony and Canon love child eh?

  4. So this rig has all the attachments but it’s still outputting the same aliased and moire prone images of the Canon scaling method. So while it looks good and pro like, it’s still a picture that the BBC and others just won’t allow on their broadcasts.

    Now Scarlet will have a 2/3 sensor like the one on the demos in the low end, the pictures say nothing special but will complement well with 5D or 7D footage when you need deeper focus.

    When they figure out the scaling, these cameras will be just what the industry dreamed for!

  5. I guess it would look more expensive to the unknowing punters…
    If you quoted hundreds or thosands of pounds for a shoot and turned up with this then they might feel their money was well spent.

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