Need rails to shoot video on your Canon EOS 5D Mark II or Canon EOS 7D?

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I've found a couple of interesting articles about rails systems for your Canon hybrids (Canon EOS 5D Mark II or Canon EOS 7D or even the Canon Rebel T1i/500D).

This one “Building a Rail System for your Video DSLR” from really has a lot of great information on rails as well as audio, lights etc… like this:

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“To accomplish all of this, we need to start with a rail system. And to my surprise, there are quite a few out there to choose from. But with a DSLR, there are special needs to handle the height and weight of the camera and all of its size requirements. This means that not every rail system will work with your particular camera. Rail systems designed for DSLRs are a little more height adjustable to allow for the height of the lens off the bottom mount of the camera. The more flexible systems allow for a battery grip or XLR audio box under the body too.

And as of the writing of this article, there are a few video-capable DSLRs on the market, but many more are coming. I am basing the article completely around my Canon EOS 5D Mark II.”

It outlines each of the pieces of the system you'll need and what they do. Very good read!

We also found this B&H article entitled “Tricking Out your DSLR for Video” which covers rails as well as monitors and audio systems… well worth the read too if you're working in video!

(Photo credit: snap from the cameradojo story)

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