The end of an Era – 5D Mark II Discontinued
This may not mean much for those people that are non-photographers but to those of us that are this is a real end of an era. The 5D Mark II was a true game changer for photographers in many ways but most especially the Full Frame Camera with great Video really captured what people could do with this platform
Let me give you an example the Final Episode of the famous show HOUSE was filmed exclusively with this camera: http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/13/canon-5d-mark-ii-used-to-shoot-entire-house-season-finale-direc/
Other notables from Wiki:
Notable film and television productions that used the Canon 5D Mark II include (in order of release):
• The opening title sequence for the 35th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, first broadcast on 26 September 2009. The camera, alongside the Canon 7D, was used due to its size, which allowed covert shooting on the streets of New York City, and depth of field capabilities, making it a suitable substitute for the series’ usual 35mm film.
• The House episode “Help Me”, broadcast by Fox on 17 May 2010, was shot entirely on the Canon 5D Mark II, replacing the drama’s usual 35mm film format. Portions of the seventh season were also recorded with a 5D Mark II.
• The BBC Two comedy series Shelfstackers, first broadcast on 4 September 2010, is the first BBC programme to use the camera. The corporation had initially refused its use due to “lack of quality” but were persuaded otherwise by the series’ director, Dom Bridges. All six episodes of the series were shot on the camera for a total budget of £160,000.
• The Road to Coronation Street, broadcast by BBC Four on 16 September 2010, is the first UK television drama to be shot on the Canon 5D Mark II. The drama’s director of photography was impressed and plans to use the camera on the seventh series of the BBC One drama Hustle.
• The rebooted Hawaii Five-0 TV series is currently shot using Canon 5DmkII.
• Behzat Ç. Bir Ankara Polisiyesi, a Turkish TV series is being shot on Canon 5DmkII.
• The 2012 film Act of Valor was shot with the use of the Canon 5D Mark II.
• Marvel’s The Avengers is reported to have some Canon 5D MkII shots.
• Department, a 2012 Bollywood movie, is reported to have been shot using Canon 5D Mark II
• ParaNorman, a 2012 3D stop-motion animated adventure horror film produced by LAIKA, Inc., was shot on sixty Canon 5D Mark II cameras.
This is just the type of the iceberg go to YouTube or Viemo and type in Canon 5D Mark II and you will see what amazing things come from this camera.
Now – let me get personal for a second. This was my truly first camera that stepped me into the professional world of photography. M wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas and this was it. The Canon 5D Mark II. At the time I was shooting a Nikon D80 and will truly tell you I didn’t know what I was doing. When I opened this gift the excitement that I gave me not only for the new electronic toy but the possibility of what I could create with it.. I took it right out of the box threw the lens on it and looked for a subject:
From this picture on I was hooked – this camera has been to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Florida Everglades and has been my stable at Senior Pictures and Weddings for the past 3 years. Yes I have picked up the 5d Mark III and I’m really happy with it… There are many reasons I don’t sell the Mark II but one for sure is that it changed my photography life and I still love shooting with it.
For those of you that know what this camera meant to the industry and trade know what we are losing. To those that don’t understand I will just say… I’m sorry you don’t. This was camera was a tool, a tool that like the Wheel changed the way an industry moved, filmed and captured. Created new and awesome ways of capturing memories and motion but most of all pushed us in ways we didn’t know we could be pushed.
I still have my Canon 5D Mark II and I have intent on selling it…. I will use this camera until the shutter says no more and then I will know we have captured all we could together.
Others on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/eos_5d_mark_ii