This man can freestyle, period. This week we got our hands on the Canon C100 and did a variety of tests. This one took place last night with most of MME. I set up a static shot, taped off where to stand, and Jeff laid down the beat. CIEJ started the night off with this freestyle. 

This was recorded with the Zoom H4N, the Canon C100 with the Atomos Ninja 2, and the Canon 50 MM Cine lens AKA the big daddy.

First Days with the Canon EOS C100

Over the past few months I've invested a lot of time into researching RAW video, the holy grail of motion in 2013. As a photographer I've been impressed with the capabilities of the Canon 5D MK III, but was never sold on this as complete solution for video. The portability and workflow of the 5D MK III is phenomenal, however post production and color grading has never really knocked my socks off. The dynamic range of pulling tone out of the shadows is somewhat limiting, even with the magic lantern color profile. Too many accessories and lights are needed to create even tones, especially in an outside setting, thus creating a more expensive workflow.

The Canon c100 is a great solution to this for the price point ONLY because of the Atomos Ninja 2 external recorder. The Ninja allows you to record uncompressed 8 bit RAW files in the 4:2:2 color space as opposed to the AVCHD codec native to the camera out of the box. The C100 without the Ninja records to SD cards in the 4:2:0 color space, which didn't impress me all that much, but still did reasonably well in a low light scenario; still not nearly as well as with the Ninja.

The above video was shot using a very simple 2 light setup. The lights used were $20 dollar flood lamps with 500 watt bulbs. I bounced one into a Broncolor 220 Parabolic  (very expensive reflector) and the second through 3008 Rosco Lux Diffusion. The lights are crappy, period, but gave me what I needed due to the diffusion. To get the same exposure on the MK III, I had to be at F4 at 1250 ISO, and even then it wasn't nearly the same. The C100 was set at f5.6 at the native ISO 850, which provides the most dynamic range the camera is capable of for post.

Post production was finally a great experience, the super flat images out of the camera really allowed for pushing the tones to where I wanted them without the footage falling apart. 

The most impressive thing about this camera was the ability to pull out still images from the video. I was able to pull still from this footage and edit them with some of the same latitude as a normal photo, which is crazy, without losing detail. I will be posting some of these still images this week. 

I can't wait to keep exploring what this camera can do. 

Gary Winchester Martin | St. Louis Portrait Photographer

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