October 10, 2014 at 2:41PM


Where to go from a Canon 5D Mark ii?

So I'v decided to invest in a used Canon 5D Mark ii to shoot both video and photos. (Please tell me if this is a bad choice). Anyway, If that were the case. Are there lenses, software to edit the videos, audio gear, etc. that I need? Please help because I lack ALOT of camera gear knowledge.


In ebay or amazon.

October 11, 2014 at 11:24AM, Edited October 11, 11:24AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

It's a very good still camera, and an okay video camera when used within its limitations, but the answer to all your additional questions is a resounding yes. Were I you, I would get something much less expensive like a used T21/T31 and use the money you save for the lenses, software, and other gear. Your eyes won't know the difference until you're ready to get a better camera than the 5D2. I have seen incredible work done on a T2i, and I've seen a lot of crap shot on a 5D Mk II.

October 12, 2014 at 7:38AM

Zan Shin

Zan, agreed! I love my t2i!

Here, a "+" for you buddy!

Alex Zakrividoroga

October 12, 2014 at 5:52PM, Edited October 12, 5:52PM

I agree with Zan.. Good glass can be used LONG after you move to greater heights camera wise. If you can get a good deal on the 5D i would still prefer it to the t2i/3i just because you want to shoot stills as well and the 5D really is a lovely stills camera. If you lean toward video I would even look into buying a 7D instead- a few more options film wise and great stills too!

October 12, 2014 at 9:55AM

Riaan Myburgh

What do you want to shoot ?

What's your budget ?

Why a Canon 5D Mk2 ?

There are many different equipment options available today, but I can't recommend anything without first knowing something about what you want to shoot and how big your budget is...

October 12, 2014 at 1:16PM, Edited October 12, 1:16PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Ummm say 2K? I just don't know a whole lot and want something I can shoot video with mainly and maybe also use as a camera. However, I can rub off the camera part if it means having a better video camera altogether. I just have 2K and need something to shoot with and all the type of equipment a first timer and beginner would need.:)

Casey James Crow

October 14, 2014 at 12:44PM

>>>I just have 2K and need something to shoot with and all the type of equipment a first timer and beginner would need. :)

If your total budget was 2K, then I would look at something like this...

$550 Nikon D5200 Camera Body
$520 Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon
$290 Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip
$200 Tascam DR-40 4-Track Digital Audio Recorder
$560 2 x Aputure Amaran HR672W High CRI95+ 672 Led Video Light Panels

I chose the Nikon D5200 because it produces an excellent video image with good dynamic range and almost no moire, and it's very affordable. It's also a very good still-photo camera.

I chose the Sigma 17-50mm because it's a sharp, fairly fast zoom with a very usable zoom range, and it's optically stabilized so you can still shoot hand-held shots with it.

I chose the Rokinon 85mm because it's fast and sharp, and has the ability to isolate your subject from the background, even when shooting indoors. It's a great lens for medium and tight close-ups.

I chose the Tascam DR-40 because it's a very flexible audio recorder that has good built-in microphones, so you can even mount it on a boom to get good indoor-dialog. The other option I would consider is the Tascam DR-60 Mk2 recorder, but then you have to buy good mics to go with it which will cost you at least $300 for one mic, and you will blow your budget for lighting.

I chose the Aputure Amaran HR672W "iPad" size LED panels because these are CRI 95 lights, which will produce excellent color reproduction. Right now these are about the only affordable high CRI LED lights on the market, that you can buy on eBay with case batteries and charger for the price I listed above. Most low cost LED lights are junk, these are not.


This is a great starter kit that can produce professional results if you learn how to use it. Going with a different camera will cost a lot more without any real advantage until you are ready to spend about $1000 more on the camera.

October 15, 2014 at 7:56PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

With 2K I would buy the following gear:

- Used Canon 5Dmk2 with 3 extra (off brand) batteries (around $1100)
- Used Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L lens (around $600)
- Used Rode VideoMic (around $80)
- 2x Transcend 32GB CF cards (around $60)

With the rest of the money I would buy a decent video tripod with a fluid head and maybe a shoulder rig. Remember you are just starting and you don't need LED panels, sliders, audio recorders and boompoles. I assume you are operating the camera on your own and you do not have the luxury of a sound guy or someone who will pull focus for you.

The 5Dmk2 is a great camera that delivers better image quality than a 7D, T2i, 6D or what so ever. The full frame sensor is brilliant. And don't forget the low light performance of the 5D is better than all aps-c sensor camera's. Right now it is important you just start shooting. With the Canon 24-105 L you have a great all-round lens that has a little bit of wide angle and a little bit of tele, and it has image stabilisation! Don't worry about the F/4, cause you can crank up the ISO beyond 1600 and still have a usable picture. This kit will let you shoot all day long. Start filming with this and try to make some money with it. Everything you earn you can invest in new gear. More important than having a ton of gear, is knowing the limitations of your gear. You can't run and gun with an Arri Alexa and you can't shoot a blockbuster on a t2i. But if you know how to get the best out of your camera, you can get the best out of the situation. And that is something that is more important than having expensive gear.

October 23, 2014 at 11:54AM

Stacey de Graaff
Cinematographer | Editor

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