The reality is that blogs, not matter how hard they try not to be, are normally bias. The reason I mention that is because I am about to back Canon up. While people suggest there are ‘RED fanboys’, which is actually quite a sexist term if your going to go that far, out there that have wet dreams over RED products I just want to say first I am not a Canon feeder or buy everything Canon. However that being said I want briefly talk about this well published 5d mkiii light leak.
Our blog, just like the thousands of other filmmaking blogs for DSLR’s and smaller budget cameras, concentrates on filmmaking on DSLR and subjects around them. However I find it quite confusing why so many people are going mad about this 5d mkiii light leak. If this is the first you have heard about it then hopefully you can see why I am so confused.
Canon’s new 5d mkiii was released recently with a big bang, people all over the world are selling their mkii’s and splashing out the extra £1000 to purchase this later model. But in the last few days people have found a problem with the camera. In ‘extreme’ darkness the light coming from the LCD screen has been shining on the censor causing it to lower the exposure in AUTO exposure mode.
My emphasis on AUTO is the reason I am writing this post. Shooting auto exposure is always problematic but I feel some people and even some other filmmaking blogs have taken/slated Canon too much, even going as far as avoid buying a mkiii simply because of this, what I consider, a tiny issue.
Talking about this from a filmmakers point of view – If you are going to spend £3000 on a camera BODY so £4000 on a camera setup with a few decent lenses I am confused with why you would be shooting auto. If you are a photographer its a bit more understandable but still maybe you should have learnt the basics before shooting with a camera thats worth a fairly decent car. To add to this, why would you be shooting in completely darkness in auto. Filming in darkness is never going to get you very far especially if you cant control the camera and are leaving it in auto mode.
This is open to argument but I would say most people buying this camera will be looking to use it for video. Therefore I find it difficult to understand when a filmmaker or videographer would be using this camera in complete darkness in AUTO mode? I understand the problem is there and yes Canon are a large company that should address any problem they have, especially if customers are paying £3000, but why are people being so busy about this tiny problem. I almost think this is a good thing that this has happened because the people that it has effected with now maybe decide its time to learn the manual setting considering they just spent £3000 on a camera.
In the last few years Canon have changed the film industry massively. Independent filmmakers are now able to achieve the look they want without spending huge amounts of money. Lately we have seen the rise of the Canon C300 and in the last few days we have seen the C500 and the new 1D-C. I think people should maybe start looking at the good things that are happening rather than hugely broadcasting one small negative factor that they havn’t really thought about. RANT OVER