Canon 5D MKII announced

The big news in the DSLR world is the new Canon 5D MKII, which I will have my hands all over soon…. The image quality out of this camera looks absolutely excellent especially in low light-very low noise even at 1600 and 3200 ISO. It also puts out 1080p video like nothing I’ve seen. You can use Canon EOS lenses for videos so the creative possibilities are endless. I’m excited about using fast prime lenses nearly wide open and tilt-shift lenses for video!

Many video pros are pleading that Canon will add 24p video frame rate capability to the 5D MKII. Let’s hope they are listening. What do you think? Leave a comment.

You can now order the Canon 5D MKII on Amazon.


JamesSeptember 28, 2008 - 8:40 am

I already believe this is THE SLR to get for both stills and HD video but if Canon adds the 24p, it will hands down be the one to get!

Tony BernotOctober 8, 2008 - 7:07 pm

I hope Canon can add 24 frames per second to the camera. This would really get me to purchase one along with a slew of L lenses. This would give us the opportunity to shoot very high end looking stuff at a affordable price range.

Hope this helps

Tony Bernot

TristanOctober 9, 2008 - 9:25 pm

Yep, I totally agree!

AdamOctober 23, 2008 - 1:54 am

Just wanted to add my $.02 and say that including 24p means the difference between buying this camera in a heartbeat and waiting it out to see what else comes along.

Andrew McMillanNovember 27, 2008 - 5:09 pm

Same here, give me 24p or give me death!!!

Michael WhiteJanuary 28, 2009 - 3:31 pm

Here’s the Canon EOS 5D audio sync issue or problem.

Last Wednesday I used my two 5D MkII’s in a 3 camera music video shoot. The third camera was a Sony PMW-EX1. Audio was recorded on two additional devices. One audio recording device was an Edirol R4 Pro. The other audio recording setup was a Tascam USB Interface to a MacBook Pro.

The Sony Camera, Edirol, and Tascam/MacBook Pro devices all synced sound perfectly over the full duration of the shoot (just over 20 minutes). To clarify – once the different sources are sync’d quickly and easily to the slate clap on the waveform at the beginning of the shoot they all stayed perfectly in sync for the rest of the video.

Both Canon cameras audio and video sync’d perfectly to each other but drifted significantly from the other 3 devices even over a 3 minute segment. That is a very serious problem for me and one that introduces significant post-production trouble and expense.

This issue was so unexpected (I haven’t run into this in years of working with a range of equipment) that I performed 3 subsequent tests to confirm that the 5D MkII’s run too fast. The results from the tests show both of my 5D Mark II’s run about 14 frames too fast in 10 minutes. Audio that is 1 full frame out of sync is noticeable on sharp sounds causing an echo. Audio that is 2 or 3 frames out of sync causes echo on any sound and looks odd in terms of lip sync.

That the two Canon cameras audio sync’d OK to each other tells me that the cameras can be calibrated to a standard. Evidently they are just calibrated to an incorrect standard.

Anybody else experience this? Does anybody really know if this is likely a chip issue or a firmware issue? Does anyone know an easy, reliable way to get the clips to conform to the standard without time-consuming constant tweaking?

I contacted Canon tech support and the girl there wasn’t too concerned. She said: There is no fix and that the 5d isn’t really a video camera so what did I expect? Nice!

Terry KelleySeptember 7, 2009 - 2:01 am

Your audio is running at 29.97 and the camera runs at 30.00

TristanOctober 21, 2009 - 2:05 am

We’re in luck! Canon has just announced they are working on a new firmware that will enable 24p on the 5d MKII:

TristanNovember 3, 2009 - 9:01 am

We’re in luck! Canon has just announced they are working on a new firmware that will enabled 24p on the 5d MKII:

I will update this post with a link to the new firmware as soon as it’s released.

TristanMarch 15, 2010 - 10:51 pm

The new firmware has now been released:

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