Two readers sent me links to Vincent LaForet's video, Reverie, shot with Canon's latest DSLR the full frame Canon 5D Mark II.
How good is the HD video that a 5D Mark III DSLR can shoot? Well, if you have the professional equipment that LaForet has, pretty friggin' amazing. His short movie looks as good as anything you'd see in a movie or on MTV.
LaForet makes the most of some of a full-frame DSLR's strengths, including incredibly sharp focus and limited depth of field. He also uses the MTV-like technique of shooting in short clips - I haven't read yet how long the Canon can shoot a continuous HD clip, but I know that the Nikon D700 is limited to five minutes of HD video, and I think the Canon has similar constraints.
Will your videos look this good? It's important to remember that LaForet had a lot of resources at his disposal. Beautiful models, extensive lighting setups, exotic locales. He even shoots from a speeding sports car and a helicopter! He used no less than eleven expensive lenses for this shoot, and a third of the video is devoted to a long credit roll that lists all the people who make it possible.
So, while our results may vary, it's pretty eye-opening to see what a best-case scenario looks like in the hands of a master like LaForet.
Thanks for telling me about this Tony and Kevin!