Gear: 5D rigged for video

20090717_pit_0001A year from now I bet we won’t have to piece together rigs like this to be able to shoot video easily with the Canon 5D2, but for now this seems to be working fine. I used a Hoodman loupe with their rubber bands to attach it to the LCD and mounted an Olympus LS-10 on top of a Bogen adapter to be able to gather better audio. Let me know if you have any questions.

26 thoughts

  1. Jeroen…you are so right….ugly…ugly. That is why I know someone is going to get it right within a year and we won’t have to resort to this.

  2. you MUST send this in to Canon, or at least to @philipbloom. great job! would love to see what comes from the filming.

  3. Doesn’t have to be pretty to do the job.
    Seems rather bulky for a stereo mic (I presume it’s stereo.)

    So is the sound recorded on the Olympus recorder?
    How about the video file, is that recorded in the camera or the Olympus?
    If recorded to a separate file, how do you sync the audio to video?

  4. Hi Gary, was wondering how you found the stability of the footage. I’ve found mine to be terribly shaky (too much coffee?) and so I’ve resorted to taking my tripod around almost everywhere, which is a shame, a big, cumbersome shame.

  5. Also, and for what it’s worth, I checked out the Philip Bloom article above. He suggested a possibility which has worked well for me thus far, which is a Rode Mic. Quite cheap too (about $130 or so).

  6. Yes, I have heard the Rode is good but I prefer being able to record apart from the camera. Sorry for the delay in responding. I just got back from Pakistan again. As far as stability…you really have to be careful for sure.

  7. How did you mount the mic? Looks attached to the hot shoe? I have been looking for generic hot shoe adapters for other uses…

  8. I’m using the Sennheiser MKE-400.

    For those wondering about this, a big issue with using mics with the 5DII (or the 7D for that matter) is the auto gain control. All I can say is ‘yikes’.. It sucks.

    A separate recorder is the way to go. And a clapper!

    Nice post.. thanks for it!

  9. Here is what I think now. The LS-10 has produced some nice audio. Is it the most professional or even the best choice? No, it is nowt the most professional, but I think it is the best choice for me right now, mainly because of the size. I have to travel light and be as inconspicuous as I can be. I would prefer to take the Zoom H4N http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QWBM62/ref=asc_df_B001QWBM621041123?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=googlecom09c9-20&linkCode=asn&creative=380341&creativeASIN=B001QWBM62

    But, the zoom is a lot bigger. I am not an audio pro…yet…so I might change my mind later!.

  10. Here a suggestion for a mike, which seems to be perfect for filming with a DSLR because of its size and quality. I am using it for filming with my Sony DV camera. It’s called Tiny mike, the company name is “ambient”.(www.ambient.de) It comes with a hotshoe and a windshield already. The mike is a mono shotgun. Although a bit pricy really worth it imo.
    Best regards Ronald

  11. Does video taken this way well well to NGO’s and other purchasers?
    Seems like Video has limited uses, unlike still photography.

  12. Jason…It seems everyone wants “a little bit of video” now on every assignment. Fortunately, many of my recent trips have been with a videographer and I can concentrate on stills. BTW, he uses Canon 5D2’s for his video.

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