A few reviews, tests, and notes I've compiled on filmmaking gear. I don't have the time or resources to do real reviews, since I don't have nearly enough kit for real comparisons; but maybe you will find some useful snippets of information here.

The videos are listed below. If you wish, you can also find them on the Vimeo showcaseVideo Gear
The Video Gear video showcase on Vimeo. (Vimeo)
. You can also find them on a YouTube playlistVideo Gear
The YouTube playlist where the Video Gear videos live. (YouTube)
. In general, the Vimeo versions will deliver the better picture quality, due to the infamous YouTube compression.

Video Reviews and Tests

Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 Wireless Mic System

The Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 is a new wireless mic kit, designed to let you easily connect a mic into a camera. It’s license-free, and self-configuring, and looks to be very easy to set up and use. And of course it promises the Sennheiser sound quality.

Since I now have one, I ran some tests, and I’ve come up with some results which might be useful to anyone looking into one of these. I’m coming at this as a low-budget video shooter, not a serious sound person; so let me tell you how this system looks from that point of view.

8 August 2022

EOS C70 Bits and Bobs

The Canon C70 is an impressive cinema camera, giving you serious movie-making capability for an impressively small price and form factor. And, as you’d expect, there are a ton of great reviews online about it, from the likes of Philip Bloom, Gerald Undone, CVP, Tyler Stalman, and many more.

But there are a few points about the camera that I had trouble figuring out before buying it, and since I did buy it, and I’ve been using it for well over a year now, I thought I’d share these here for the benefit of anyone else looking at this camera. So this video will give you my impressions of the C70, and fill in some techie details about the camera which I found hard to get online.

8 August 2022

EOS R5 Bits and Bobs

The Canon EOS R5 has been out for a while now — it was officially launched in July 2020 — but it's still a handy camera for video recording. It's small and compact, so easy to have around, and yet records video in superb 8k, with log and other advanced video features. Overheating is close to being solved, though the 30-minute record-time limit will still be a huge let-down for many people. Still, it remains a potentially strong option for video.

In this video, I give my impressions of the R5 after a year of use, and fill in some techie details about the camera which I found hard to get online.

1 August 2022

Candlelight Camera Tests

To kick the series off, here is a quick set of tests of some Canon cameras shooting in low light — by a single candle.

This test was inspired by the BBC TV series Wolf Hall; I was curious whether my cameras could create a usable image by candlelight. So, in this test, I put three cameras through their paces, and run them through the ISOs, by the light of a single candle. The cameras under test are the Canon EOS C70, the Canon EOS R5, and the Canon EOS R5C. (These are basically the cameras I have to hand.)

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14 July 2022

Gear Notes