A few moments away from directing a TV commercial in Oporto, Portugal allowed me to take images of this incredible city from my hotel room on the river. This is the very old and historic part of the city and it is quite lovely and densely tectured. I used my new Canon 5D Mark II and am amazed with the almost filmic quality of the imagery. Given that I am an image maker who has mastered actual film and its enormous ability to reflect contextual complex color palettes I was taken by this digital camera’s ability to come close (but still not close enough) to film.
I shot my wonderful Canon EOS 1V using Fuji Velvia as well but have not had time to scan the images. I have edited them and they are truly wonderful and as expected are still better in my view than those from the digital Canon. However, all that being said, I will note that this extraordinary digital camera can do things almost as well as film and even though there is still a lot of room for improvement Canon’s sensitive ability to build a camera that is both “filmic” AND amazingly ergonomic are to be lauded. There are other aspects of this machine that a film camera can never accomplish such as its ability to shoot HD video with a full sized sensor is a exciting and a terribly useful addition (even though presently somewhat awkward). We even used it for a few instances of B roll in our TV work… The HD was stunning. And, if that isn’t enough, it needs to be noted that one has refined control over the images in the arenas of contrast, saturation, sharpness. For example, I shot B&W images that we beautiful and I had the ability to easily determine the filtration (like a red, orange, or yellow filter as well as contrast and so on). Just amazing, and all on the same chip.