Canon 1Dc battery test

Today I tested continuous shooting on my Canon 1D C. I have a possible shoot next week where I’ll be shooting long long interviews. I haven’t shot continuously with the 1Dc for more than 10-15 minutes before and thought I’d test this.
I was very pleasantly surprised. Shot for 2hr and 7 min before the battery emptied out. First clip was 1:25 and the next was 42 min. 5 sec between the 2 takes. The battery blinked red and I cut.

As for heat the camera had begun to get a little warm but by no means hot.

Please note this unscientific test was shot in 1080/25p All-I / Super35 Crop. These figures may change if I was too shoot 4K, as would of course the need for more memory cards… ūüėČ May do this test again in 4K as well.

External DC power Canon 1Dc

Yesterday I heard of something I’ve been wanting ever since I got my Canon 1Dc, a way to power it off our big V-lock batteries.

Well Letus has come up with a great solution with a industry standard D-tap plug which runs into a mock battery fitting into the 1Dc. Pretty sweet setup.  I am assuming that since the 1Dx uses the same battery this solution would also work for the 1 Dx.
Today I heard its passing final testing and the product should be ready to ship soon. Cost is in the $150 range.


Update: Here is a link to Letus website

Disclaimer: No connection to Letus.

More Canon 1DC

So today I got to spend another couple of hours with the 1DC. ¬†I wish I could spend a whole week full time playing with this camera, but other things call on me as well… ūüôā ¬†My impression is still Wow. ¬†This camera puts out a really nice image. I’ve shot mostly in daylight outside today but also some interior shots.

We’ll start outdoors. Everything shot in Canon Log. ¬†Very nice dynamic range. Hard tough light and great test conditions. ¬†Sunlit snow and shadows. ¬†All images are shot with sharpening set to 0, unless otherwise noted in the caption. ¬†There is some banding in the sky. ¬†UPDATE: ¬†Confirmed by several sources this is more apparent when shooting below 400 ISO.

Ungraded. Shot at iso100, f10, 0.9 ND. A foam core bounce. ¬†The clear ice on the right is clipped and could’t be saved.
Some quick adjustments and a little sharpen.
Some quick adjustments and a little sharpen.


Hard sun, no diffusion, no fill on right side.
Hard sun, no diffusion, no fill on right side. A quick contrast adjustment and slight post sharpen.

I also wanted to know what sharpen (in Canon Log meny) would do to the image. ¬†A lot, it would show. ¬†The +2 setting really made a big difference in sharpening, almost to the point that next to the image with no sharpening, it looked too sharp and electronic. +4 I can’t think of any use for and then the scale goes all the way up to +7… ¬† ¬†I wish in retrospect I would have tried 0,1,2 instead of 0,2,4.

Sharpen 0
Sharpen 0
Sharpen +2
Sharpen +2
0 Sharpen
0 Sharpen
+2 Sharpen
+2 Sharpen
+4 Sharpen
+4 Sharpen

The camera really has a lot of latitude and plays really nice with the sun and the snow.

Interior shots.  1 light (2K openface through 216) no fill.

f4, ISO200, 0 Sharp
f4, ISO200, 0 Sharp

Here are 2 frames shot at ISO 6400.

0 sharpen, IOS6400
0 sharpen, IOS6400
+3 sharpen, IOS6400
+3 sharpen, IOS6400

I just really like the images this camera delivers. The Canon Log does a nice job of holding highlights outdoors and seeing into the shadows. ¬†Will try and NR the 6400 footage above. ¬†There is a little red creeping into some of the images but nothing that can’t be fixed. ¬†With the ND could be a bit of IR pollution as well. ¬†I would shoot with 0 sharpening and sharpen in post or perhaps try with +1.

As always when trying new gear: You want MORE time! ūüôā

One more thing that impressed me were the 8megapixel still I was able to pull from the footage.  To be able to do frame grabs with that resolution will be a great new advantage of working with 4K.

Everyone is so quick to judge stuff nowadays. ¬†Equipment especially and lots of judging simply by specs and whats on a piece of paper. ¬†The 1DC. ¬†Yes it is a Jpeg compressed 8 bit 422 image maker costing $12K. ¬† Is there noise at higher ISO’s? Sure. ¬†Does it have real audio connectors? No. ¬† But seriously, does it all this matter if you are able to produce a really nice looking image using lights and a decent stop? No it doesn’t matter. It is funny but nowadays some people are almost disapointed when they can’t shoot a clean image without noise, with no lights at 25 600 ISO… ūüôā

All images are exported as .DPX out of Premiere and the images above as saved as .JPG (Qual 12) in photoshop.

These “tests” are totally unscientific and are just for me to get a sence of what this camera is capable of. There was no mattebox and filters were held up against lens. No monitor or view finder. ¬†¬†All views are my own and no one asked me to do this on their behalf.

For .DPX files and from-camera-video-clips go to link below. If you grade and repost please credit source:

Thanks to Scandinavian Photo Malmö for your assistance.  Thanks also Fredric Tirheden for helping out today.


Canon 1DC

First look Canon 1DC
My first look at the Canon 1DC Photo: Martin Heleander

So today I got my hands on the 1DC from Canon. It is the newest flagship DSLR with 1080p as well as internal 4K video. All the specs on this beauty you’ll find here. It has clean 1080 HD out via the HDMI port for use with external recorders, but the real draw here, and what would justify the $12 000 price tag, is the internal Motion Jpeg compressed 4K files. The files are stored at a 500 mbit/s data rate (60MB/s) and this means you’ll need lots and lots of really fast CF cards. The Lexar 1000x is whats available right now to tame this beast.

Canon 1DC

Today was only a first initial hands-on, more playtime tomorrow but my first reaction is: Wow! I shot some side by side 1080 files, which in comparison to the 4K files, look like SD does to HD…

All images were shot with Canon Log, 0 detail, no hue or saturation adjustment. Camera set to aut white balance (no external monitor or mattebox used, ND was hand held to lens)


24-70/2,8II, 24mm, ISO 100, f11
70-200/2,8II 200mm ISO 200 f4 with 0,9ND


24-70/2,8II, ISO200, 24mm, f11, 0.9ND



24-70/2,8II, 24mm, ISO200, f5,6, 0.9ND


24-80/2,8II,  24mm ISO 200, f8, 0.9ND
24-80/2,8II, 24mm ISO 200, f8, 0.9ND, Shot to preserve highlights of sun into clouds.


The images above are all shot using either a Canon 24-70 2.8II or the Canon 70-200 2.8II. They are compressed in Jpeg. All images are available as .DPX files exported directly out of Premiere Pro.

More to come on this camera.  HERE IS MORE.