Philip Bloom: Sophia’s People

Philip Bloom shot this beautiful video with a Canon 5D mkII while on a short trip to Sophia, Bulgaria to teach filmmakers about 35mm adaptors and DSLRs with HD video capabilities. If you haven’t seen video from the 5D mkII yet, it’s pretty amazing. Bloom states in his article Video DSLRs, the death of 35mm adaptors? that there are still quite a few issues to be worked out with the HD video DSLRs, but this video shows that a lot can be done with a camera ultimately designed to take amazing stills.

I’ve been a bit of a purist when in came to HD video in a DSLR, believing that adding video was just a publicity stunt and that the quality wouldn’t be there, but my view is starting to change. It would be really nice to have video on my next trip, and it’d be great not to have to carry a separate video camera. If they can improve the video capabilities without sacrificing anything in the core still shots, then maybe the camera companies are on to something after all.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

May 28, 2009 at 9:09 am

Wow… I need to get this as soon as I can afford it. I had the Canon 5D (make 1, without video) for a weekend once, with a 85/1.2, and the images were outstanding. After seeing this video I know I want the Make II. Thanks for posting

May 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Duh… I meant Mark I/II

Wander Girl
May 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm
– In reply to: Flynn

Hey, I knew what you meant :)

The still images from the 5D Mark II are pretty impressive too. I’ve seen some amazing handheld night shots; the camera can *almost* see in the dark.

Sandy K
May 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm

This is amazing. Another thing for my wish list. My husband shoots Nikon and he’s been looking at their version, but I’m not sure it shoots video as well as this.