Come on a Whirlwind Journey with Canon Through a Decade of DSLRs [PODCAST]

Take a listen to ten years of DSLR history, straight from the mouths of some Sundance winners (The Queen of Versailles) and Oscar Nominees (Anomalisa) who've played a part in the filmmaking revolution.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Canon 5D (which began shipping in August 2005), Canon U.S.A. hosted a screening and in-depth Q&A at Sundance 2016 fittingly titled "A Decade of DSLRs: Creative Minds Talk the Evolution of Hand-Held Filmmaking." As the author of The DSLR Cinematography Guide I was asked to host the event, and we are happy to release the panel as an episode of The No Film School Podcast.

The discussion featured a who's-who of cinematographers and directors with DSLR successes under their belt, including Joe Passarelli (Director of Photography, Anomalisa), Bryce Fortner (Director of Photography, Too Legit, Portlandia, W/ Bob & David), Lauren Greenfield (Director, The Queen of Versailles), Tom Hurwitz, ASC (Director of Photography, The Queen of VersaillesGhosts of Abu Ghraib, Our Brand Is Crisis), and Tim Smith (Senior Film and Television Advisor, Canon).

We showed video clips at the event of DSLR-shot material, which we are including here in the post for reference.

Portlandia, "Is the Chicken Local?"

Portlandia, "The Celery Incident"

Queen of Versailles trailer

"The Bling Dynasty" GQ series

Anomalisa trailer

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But wasn't it the 5D mark II that started this whole DSLR revolution? That one wasn't announced until 17 September 2008, so in my opinion we're more than 2.5 years early for a celebration.

April 12, 2016 at 7:18AM, Edited April 12, 7:18AM

Wouter van Gestel
Colorist, Editor, Motion Graphics Artist, Movie Lover

Canon don't have any idea where they are standing.

April 12, 2016 at 8:30AM

Edgar More

We had to fix a sponsor roll issue and somehow the file got screwed up. Uploading a new, final version now. Sorry guys!

April 12, 2016 at 3:20PM, Edited April 12, 3:20PM

Jon Fusco
Senior Producer

Really Canon?!! As mentioned by Wouter, the 5Dii wasn't until late 2008. And Canon actually kinda skipped out on their (unintentional) participation in the "DSLR Revolution" by failing to push forward with what they'd started, quickly being overtaken by their competitors in terms of video image quality and video features; and secondly pushing film-makers towards their more expensive Cxxx series...

Generously I’d give them “3 years of the DSLR Revolution” ;-)

April 13, 2016 at 1:28AM

Alex Kalimát
Photographer ~ Filmmaker

5D didn't shoot video. 5D mk2 shot video. I remember Vincent Laforet's first amazing 5Dmk2 film "Reverie" in late 2008. So no "10 years of Film-making." I used Canon back then (7D) because it was the only game in town, before the Panny GH2 in 2011, After which I immediately sold my whole Canon rig. So yeah, for Canon DSLRs, whittle it down to "3 years."

The later C-range video cameras were/are nice, but as soon as Canon segregated the market and "professionalized" the video form factor (thus tripling/quadrupling/octupling the price), the revolution stopped there. I think they saw the DSLR as a pro video killer, so they took the corporate steps to preserve, as much as possible, a dwindling share of the market.

But Kudos and Thanks to Canon for starting it all, and paving the way forward for independent film.

April 14, 2016 at 6:14AM, Edited April 14, 6:15AM

Darby Powell