6 Famous Examples of the DSLR Canon 5D Mark II in Hollywood

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The Canon DSLR often served as a Indie filmmakers weapon of choice, and is now proving to be a hit in Hollywood. Famous cinematographers, directors, and producers are slowly warming to the trusty 5D range, praising is compact size and versatility. Here are some famous examples of  the big shots putting it to use.

1. Captain America (2011)


A scene from Captain America (2011). Some scenes were shot using the Canon 5D Mk II

In a press release from Canon, they stated that the 5D Mark II was used to shoot motion sequences that were seamlessly integrated into the 35mm film footage. These sequences included a car chase and crash, as well as a high-speed motorcycle pursuit.

Full 1080P HD Capture, 24p Frame Rate and Canon EF Lenses Provide Compatibility and Creative Options for Movie Production”


“Captain America: The First Avenger, used Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras to capture many of the movie’s action shots. Throughout the super hero action picture, the 5D Mark II was used to shoot motion sequences that were seamlessly integrated with the production’s 35mm film footage”

2. Iron Man 2 (2010)


The infamous Whiplash vs Tony Stark confrontation at Monaco. Some shots of this scene were filmed using the trusty 5D MK II

Veteran Cinematographer Matthew Libatique, used the DSLR to shoot the Monaco Grand Prix sequence where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is attacked by Whiplash (Mickey Rourke). Details of this provide yet another fascinating insight into how the major players are picking up on what was an indie filmmakers toolkit.

3. Black Swan (2010)


Behind the scenes of Black Swan

Libatique also shot the rehearsals for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan using the Mark II, before shooting in Super 16mm.

“I shot all of that rehearsal footage with the Canon 5D Mark II, which gave me references for the shots we wanted to make.”

Matthew Libatique Cinematographer

Full details can be found here.

4. House Season 6 Finale (2010)

House 6 season

House Season 6 Finale was shot entirely using the Canon 5D Mark II

The first time a major network television show used Canon EOS 5D Mark II to film an entire episode, instead of the usual 35mm film cameras. Co-Executive Producer and Director of ‘House’ Greg Yaitanes said the 5D was a perfect fit for the tight spaces of the finale “Help Me” which dealt with a crane collapse and a helpless victim stuck underneath the rubble.

“Ease of use in tight spaces. The shallow focus pulls the actors faces to the foreground,” and admitted, I was blown away by the depth-of-field.”

Greg Yaitanes – Director and Co Executive Producer on Canon 5D Mark II

Yaitanes underlined the importance of using Canon interchangeable lenses and said that the episode had employed:

“All the Canon primes, and the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm zoom.”

The Canon prime lenses used were the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens, and the CANON EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, f/2.8, to f/32, IS.

5. 24, season 8 (2010)


Jack-Bauer in 24 Season 8

All of the background plates for the last season of 24 were shot using the 5D Mark II and Canon 1D Mark IV.

6. Red Tails (2012)


Great shot from Red Tails. Parts of the film were shot using the 5D Mk II

Lucasfilm’s Red Tails used the Canon EOS 5D Mark II for some of its footage, however the vast majority of principal photography uses the Sony F35.

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