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Welcome to what may be the end of a noble era in low-budget cinema. The 5D Mark II is arguably the device that turned independent filmmaking upside down, single-handedly — and as an individual piece of engineering may be as important as any single and inexpensive video format has ever been. Since its release (and the waves it created), the camera has put the power to create filmic footage in the hands of just about anyone. Now, as such, Canon seems to have decided that the camera’s work is done, because the company’s site is now indicating the discontinuation of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. More »

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Filmmaker Magazine called The DSLR Cinematography Guide “astonishingly detailed and useful” at launch. Now the guide is updated, expanded, and professionally designed into a proper eBook. Including the eBook-only bonus chapters, it’s now over a hundred pages long! This new PDF is printable, portable, and more comprehensive — but it’s still absolutely free. This marks the official launch of the NoFilmSchool newsletter, which will simply email you once a week with site updates and will also occasionally ping you with tips and tricks on digital filmmaking (and how to start an independent career). Get your own full color, high-resolution copy of the guide here: More »

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Because of their low prices and dual-functionality, DSLRs are going to be around for a while — regardless of whatever new cameras come out in the next 12 months. To that end, I’d like The DSLR Cinematography Guide to be the #1 resource for anyone interested in making movies with DSLRs. If you’re reading this site you’ve already discovered the guide, but there are millions out there who haven’t. So in an effort to improve the guide, I’ve been working for quite some time now on a new eBook version (PDF or ePUB), that will be updated, expanded, full-color, high-resolution, 100+ pages, and will be perfectly portable and perfectly printable. How much will I charge for this longer, offline version? You might be surprised: More »

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Just a quick note about the DSLR Guide (which recently surpassed 250,000 views!): I made a number of minor updates over the weekend, including adding Leica R lenses to the Lenses section, updating the Filtration section to include the Fader ND Mark II, updating the Power page with new battery options, and making several other housekeeping changes. As always, let me know if you read something in the guide that’s out of date or incorrect! I’ve got some other Guide-related features in the works as well, so stay tuned.

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In the DSLR Guide I originally wrote, “One could write an entire guide on choosing a DSLR, but that is a never-ending and ever-changing debate that I can’t resolve for anyone; each shooter’s DSLR choice comes down to availability, price point, and their own particular needs.” While I still believe that, I’ve gotten a number of emails in the past few weeks asking questions to the extent of, “Canon 5D or 7D?” and “Canon T2i or Panasonic GH1?” This made me realize the guide jumps right into talking about buying lenses and support systems without offering an overview of the relative strengths and weaknesses of each DSLR when it comes to shooting movies. I hope this update answers these questions and forms a better starting point for the rest of the guide.1 Choosing a DSLR »

  1. As I was writing my own DSLR comparison, to my chagrin Philip Bloom came out with a similar post last week; feel free to check out his post, as we’re answering the same questions. []
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Via Philip Bloom comes the handy tip to send in Nikon ZF lenses to Duclos Lenses and have them “cinemodded.” What is the cinemod process? From the guide: Duclos de-clicks your iris ring (giving you stopless control over exposure), adds a physical gear for follow focus use, and adds a common-size front ring (for example, if you have a 77mm Fader ND, you can have all of your lenses fit with 77mm front threads). Note that the problem with sending in Zeiss ZF lenses is that Nikon lenses pull focus in the opposite direction of all other brands, so for that reason alone I have a distaste for them (pulling focus on Nikon lenses and then switching to any other brand is a pain in the ass in terms of muscle memory). So while Bloom may recommend sending in ZF lenses — which is a great option (and I should note that some follow focuses (focusi?) allow you to reverse their gearing to correct this problem) — Duclos can cinemod many different still lenses. I sent them an email about converting different brands and got a prompt response, which can you find on the DSLR Guide’s Lenses: Converting, Renting page.

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I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to create an “updates” page for the monster article that is the DSLR Guide, so what I’m going to start doing is including updates here with the tag “dslrupdate” — then anyone can check this archive page for a list of notable updates (the most recent updates will be on top). I won’t be posting every minor change but anytime I add something new or change a piece of advice significantly, I’ll post an update here on the homepage. Short of doing a bunch of PHP coding (which I don’t do), this seems like the best solution.

The first update (to be tagged this way) has to do with renting instead of buying lenses: if you don’t have the budget to spend $1,500 a pop for ultrafast glass like the Canon 50mm f1.2 lens, you can always fill your kit with cheaper glass and rent top-quality lenses for important shoots: More »