Top 10 Music Videos Shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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We've got so many videos we've collected that were filmed with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, we thought it time to start highlighting the top ones we've found.

Today, we're going to highlight music videos… the 5D mk ii seems very good to use for music videos – they're certainly coming out of the woods :)

In no particular order:

Frank Sinatra canon 5d mark II from POLESTAR on Vimeo.

Massimiliano Ciravolo
BY POLESTAR – Paolo Poletti

wemakemusic* – Dance with a Statue from Sebastian Woeber on Vimeo.

music video filmed on a Canon 5D mark II with Contax Zeiss Lenses
ISO 100, shutter 1/60th, 30 fps.

Director: David Wagner
Dop, Editing: Sebastian Wöber
Assistant Camera: Ralf Woltron
Gaffer: Matthias Ganster

Discussion about the video at:

This video was highlighted a few weeks ago on planet5D because it was shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a Panavision movie lens.

This is from Devin Pense who shot the Rascal Flatts video we highlighted earlier

Don't Wake Me_Music Video_Shot on Canon 5DII from Devin Pense on Vimeo.

This was a fairly low budget music video. I was asked to shoot a performance and use current broll that the band shot to tell the story. So the broll is u-g-l-y dv footage.

All of the performance was shot using a Canon 5D with the exception of the overcrank (slo-mo) shots which we shot with a RED camera. ANd as you'll see we lit for 5D and the Red didn't keep up.


We recently highlighted this video as a timelapse, but it was specifically done as a music video as well

Death Cab for Cutie – Little Bribes from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

a very unique music video that I really enjoyed – even tho it is in a language I don’t understand (I always wished I’d taken the time to learn a different language – I really admire those who know more than one!)… very well done!

Big Zis: Zessi from Benjamin Weiss on Vimeo.

After seeing “The Assasination of Jesse James” Zurich-based rapper Big Zis was riding back home from the cinema on the tram, when suddenly the melody for this track came into her mind. She hummed it into her mobile phone and later on showed it to her producer Marton Di Katz, who created the music you are hearing.
For me and cameraman Tobias Dengler “Zessi” was the first time that we could not only find our way working in the western genre, but also try out the Canon EOS 5D MK II. Being obsessed with the Jesse James movie as well, we had a fun time using Roger Deakins' landmark images as an inspiration, especially since we had the chance to work with a shift and tilt lens along with the Canon camera. The piece was shot in march 2009 on an alp in Val Colla, Ticino, Switzerland.
Thanks for watching….

French and exquisitely done

Music video “Bensé” from Nico Loir on Vimeo.

Of course, we can't leave out Rob Sheridan and Nine Inch Nails! They've turned much of the music video world upside down for a while and they released some videos of their Australian tour taken live on stage with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II… here's one:

NIN: Burn Live from on stage, Melbourne 2.25.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Nine Inch Nails performing “Burn” live from the stage at Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 2.25.09.

Filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5D Mark II. Audio mix by Blumpy.

Music video for the band Amherst… located in Louisville Kentucky. shot in 4 hours.

Amherst – Here and Now By chris witzke
View in HD  Download Version  Visit chris witzke's ExposureRoom Videos Page

This video by Tom @timescapes got a lot of attention. It isn't specifically a music video for a specific band, but it should be!

Timescapes Timelapse: Learning to Fly from Tom @ Timescapes on Vimeo.

some recent stuff I shot shot on the Canon 5D Mark II DLSR this Winter/Spring 2009.
To contact me:
Here is a direct link to download the 1080p MOV. It's H264, 352MBs…
You'll need a powerful computer and 1080p screen to view it.

Ok, this isn't the ‘best' 5D mk ii video on the block, but I like the song and I like the fact that this is a 16 year old trying to break into the biz. Video shot by her brother to (New York freelance photographer, Robert Caplin). To see behind the scenes of this shoot, check out this video

Special bonus… not strictly a ‘music video' as far as I can tell… but impressive none the less

Waves from sendal on Vimeo.

Studying the motion of the waves i created a series of “paintings” that make up this video.

Scenery shot in beautiful full HD with the canon 5dmk2 :) in New Zealand, jan.2009. enjoy! :)

Music: “Waves” by Nouvelle Vague. Video, Andrei Nica,

Ok, I guess that's more than 10 – and I could probably find a few more in the pile of amazing videos that are being shot on the 5D2, but we'll stop here for now. Hope you enjoy them!

(Photo credit: snap from “Dance with a statue”)


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  2. the video is really the coolest, but Bensé is quite original too. I wonder how much the budget was. ‘normal’ clips run at around 8-15k$ and big stars clips can go in the 50-150k$ from what I have heard. These clips have a look closer to the high end clips than the cheap ones…

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  5. Behind the scenes footage of the new Jazmine Sullivan music video being shot with the Canon 5D Mark II cameras. Unsure what lenses were used. Footage looks amazing though! Kinda looks funny seeing that camera mounted on a doorway dolly!

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  8. There’s quite a lot of indie bands using the 5d for their own music videos. Little productions with good ideas. I found this one the other day:

    A few mistakes here and there, but generally speaking nice video with a strong message.

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