Canon5D Mark II Helmet Mount for Panavision and Hollywood

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UPDATE: We found out how the Canon EOS 5D Mark II helmet cam was used! Please read our new story – Canon EOS 5D Mark II Helmet Cam used to promote “Terminator Salvation”!

planet5D EXCLUSIVE! Friend of planet5D, Rodney Charters (Director of Photography (DP) on the FOX TV series 24 – IMDB profile), sent us this very interesting tidbit… a Canon EOS 5D Mark II mounted on a helmet and Hollywood is standing up and taking notice. Hold on to your hat!

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Rodney said: “This really interesting e-mail got to me on Friday and I am convinced that you will want to post it immediately. It was sent by my DP friend Lisa Wiegand who has just taken over as the DP on Dollhouse. By all accounts Panavision were happy to have people photograph and videotape this demonstration. It’s my sneaking suspicion that the helmet was used on Ironman, but I do not have any confirmation of that. It’s a device which allows for a very close camera point of view in any kind of fight situation where somebody is coming at you and again of course in parachute drops and the like.” (editor note: we inserted the links)



(Photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. AlainP

    Cool exclusive info Mitch! :-)

    I guess the guy is going to have neck problems by the end of the shoot…

  2. Dave

    Really????!!!!! Contact your local skydiver! They will hook you up and get you out of that……. that……… that……thing!

  3. Greg

    Why would anyone use this camera to shoot a movie? it doesn’t do 24p!

  4. BlueSky

    I’m a skydiver, and to me that thing he has on his head is horrific. If you want a good camera/camcorder helmet setup, look at the stuff we use.

  5. Ciska

    Hah hah no dropzone is gonna let you fly that THING as it is waay to much of a snag hazard, wouldn’t work with that kind of helmet anyway (it’s unstable). If you want to mount a photo or video camera in a decent, proven way, take a look at (or any other skydive camera helmet manufacturer but Bonehead’s Flattop range is considered the best by many), they’ve kinda done this thing before :-)

  6. Nicholas

    You can’t you a rig like this for parachute drops! Do you have any idea how many people have died as a result of the parachute snagging on the camera, as a result helmet cams have to be streamline with no chance of hooking the parachute.

  7. Douglas

    This is the third time I’ve commented on how ridiculous this rig is. Skydiving photographers have long worn 5D’s and other full-frame cameras.

  8. Cajones

    Yea, but no one listens to people like you, Spot – that is until someone gets hurt or it just doesn’t work.

  9. pope

    You mean… “maybe it’s not practical, but at LEAST it DOESN’T look really good!

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