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What we thought of the Canon C300 – four working pros give their views

By Dan Chung

Smiles all round - James Velacott and Andy Jackson with the C300

After a long day shooting out on location with a pre-production Canon C300 I invited DOP Andy Jackson, James Velacott of Cherryduck productions and Guardian freelance shooter Felix Clay to discuss their thoughts about the new camera with me. Below is a quickly thrown together video of our discussion.

Dslrnewsshooter C300 discussion from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

As described in my previous post the idea was to try the camera on a ‘real world’ assignment where time was limited and events were beyond our control. After some discussion we chose an idea that James had come up with – Damyns Hall airfield near London where an aviator called Bob Pluck keeps his microlight.

Andy Jackson and myself filming Bob and his microlight

To keep everything realistic we then sent the rushes out to Paul Cope and Adam White of the post production team at Cherryduck for editing and grading. The footage looked very clean and detailed on the monitors in the edit suite, to my eyes far less digital than many other large sensor cameras I have tried.

The end result (bottom) can be seen below alongside a 1080P ungraded version of the edit for comparison. The camera was set in Canon’s C-log gamma curve and frame rate was 25P.

Bob the Aviator- Canon C300 short (ungraded version) from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Bob the Aviator – Canon C300 short (regraded version) from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

For me the camera is great advance over the Canon DSLRs like the 5DmkII and although it it not cheap it does do almost everything that I need out of the box. I look forward to buying one if I can only find the funds for it.

My new object of desire

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Posted on January 12th, 2012 by admin | Category: Canon C300 |

One response to "What we thought of the Canon C300 – four working pros give their views"

  1. mrpeepers Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for doing this – very nice. Looks like two different frame rates when cutting away during interview?

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