Well, it has been past time to replace the GL2 for a while now and I finally got around to upgrading. The latest addition is a Canon EOS 5D Mark iii. I also picked up the battery grip, a Speedlite 320ex flash, two 64gb memory cards and a 70-300mm image stabilizing EF lens to supplement the 17-40 L series lens I already have. For audio capture I also picked up a Zoom h4n digital recorder. For mobile processing I updated to a top end Lenovo Y580 with Adobe Master Collection CS6.
All in all, with the solid low light performance of the 5D, this rig should keep me going for quite some time and means I finally have up to date video capability again and this time at a higher quality than ever before. Since I do this as a professional hobby, I’m open to helping with most non profit projects or very reasonable rates for commercial projects to help cover equipment costs.
I’ll eventually be updating to an underwater enclosure and strobe, a shotgun mic for distance audio and a master capable Speedlite for studio purposes (the 320 is slave capable). I might also look in to some additional rigging for the camera, but I’ll need to see how I fair freehand first (which hasn’t been an issue in the past.)
I uploaded some quick free hand, raw camera shots from my toying around last night at http://www.ajhenderson.com/5d/. There are also a quick rack focus test and a sample video of my cat, Shadow. They are all using the existing lighting and iso settings up to 25k. Focal ranges go up to 300mm with image stabilization on for the shots of the side of one of the apartment buildings in our complex.