In mid April, I had the honor of being the first cinematographer to put the Canon 5D Mark III to the test on a feature film, David Wexler’s “Anchors,” which stars Blue Bloods’ Will Estes and The Chernobyl Diaries’ Devin Kelley.
In this post I’ll give you the lowdown on how the eagerly awaited update to the camera that started the DSLR revolution performed under pressure…serious pressure. And since plenty has already been said about the differences between the Mark II and Mark III by experts like Philip Bloom, Vincent LaForet and Shane Hurlbut, I won’t spend time listing them, but will instead focus on how the camera performed in specific situations and address the differences as they come up. Cool? Cool.
As some of you probably know, at the time of the shoot the Mark III had been out for less than a few weeks, and although I hadn’t really had the opportunity to do much more than casual testing around the Endless Picnic office and at home, my extensive on set experience and thorough testing of the MKII (see EP’s tests here) led me to believe that I would be comfortable with the camera on a tight shooting schedule–if it behaved similarly to its predecessor. (More …)Tweet