So how do you like it?
How are your impressions?
I'm not nearly as skilled when it comes to handling video (shooting and editing), but so far the few clips I've put together in iMovie 09 are jaw dropping too, even rendered down to 720p - that was some nice "icing on the cake". Something magical happens when you are able to capture a nice DOF and bokeh on video.
Of course if you splurged on this, you should really think getting one or two prime "L" lenses. The 17-40mm f/4L and 75-200mm f/2.8L are two great "entry level" lenses. The 85mm f/1.2L is an amazing piece of glass, but if the price tag scares you, start with a 85mm f/1.8 USM: it's the best non-prime Canon lens you can buy in my opinion.
17-40 f4L and 70(?)-200 f2.8L are good lenses, but they are not prime lenses. They're zoom lenses. Prime is another way to say fixed focal length; the opposite of a zoom-lens.
The 85 f/1.8 is not the "best non-prime Canon lens," because it is a prime lens. Perhaps you might be mistaking prime and L. L is Canon's designation for their high quality, "professional" grade lenses.
And the low-light! I handhold shots at ISO 3200 I would have left my camera in my bag for earlier. It's not the best 3200, but I find it useful and has less grain than the old tungsten slide film I used to use. Add Lightroom or Aperture to the mix to gain post processing control and you'll push this camera more than any one you have used in the past.
The new firmware fixes most of my video concerns. Sound is still an issue, but should I be shooting a run and gun doc instead of my daughter playing with her feet, I'll get a preamp with XLRs. Battery life is fantastic, I get about 6-700 shots on one charge. Live view is brilliant and has been a help in several situations already.
If I could change anything, I wish the framerate was a little faster (8+fps would be nice) and that the extra batteries weren't eighty bucks, but I would buy it again with no hesitation.
Word on the street is that there is another firmware upgrade on the way with 24p/25p as well. If this is a big concern however, I would hold off.
Have not used the video features much, although I understand that this camera is a real gamechanger for videographers. Interested parties might want to check out the Magic Lantern firmware which does some interesting improvements (but not 24p)
now I just need to trade the children for some more L lenses...
You're also right about thinking about your shots, in particular with poorer lenses. I rarely ever stopped down my lenses on the 20D because of the large pixels and center lens sharpness, but I almost always stop down at least 1 stop now, often 2, unless I'm looking for clean bokeh.
At times though, I like the look of cheap lenses shot wide open on this camera, particularly the 50/1.8, as it reminds me of shooting film on old cameras, with lots of corner darkness and internal reflections. If you make it B&W, or color match it to some famous films like Velvia, it can be a lot of fun.
# Remove lens, and place body cap on camera.
# Select "Clean manually".
# Leave it in this mode for 30-60 seconds.
# Shut the camera off directly without doing anything else.
Let me know if it works - It did for me.
Another thing to consider is that my brights usually show up after ~3-5 Minutes of shooting at higher ISOs. If you leave the camera sitting in live view for 5 minutes the sensor will heat up, and you can see them in videos. I haven't yet talked to anyone who has a "pristine" sensor for video.
The best way to navigate around it at the current time seems to be to avoid shooting for long periods of time and letting the camera cool off frequently.
I was looking for software that could reduce or remove these bad pixels since it may be impossible to do in camera given the limited processing power, but I wasn't able to dig anything up.
(Edit: I should probably point at that in virtually every other aspect the camera is fantastic and is currently unmatched by anything else on the market for versatility and price. If you're considering this camera, buy it.)
How many pixels are we talking about? I am sure that Canon would issue a replacement if it is affecting Video. I know they were very helpful with my first 5D Mk II - although that decided to die completely half way through a commissioned shoot.
The trouble was it took them a month to finally issue a direct replacement instead of constantly replace parts of the camera because the Technicians were so new to the camera and they couldn't pinpoint the cause of the issue.
A bit of a tangent, sorry!