The world’s first 35mm ENG Camera – a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Sony mashup

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Boy, I'm sorry to report I'm way behind on this one – I just found it and others reported it last fall… a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Sony Betacam mashup. I sort of actually remember maybe seeing a still image of this and thinking it was just a joke, but I was wrong if I thought that. The creator of this (electricfilms pty ltd in Australia) says “The Hyper 35 is a Hybrid of the Canon 5DMKII and a Sony Betacam.”

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From the youtube promo:
“The Hyper 35 is a Canon & Sony Hybrid 35mm ENG camera. It makes the new generation of 35mm cameras easy to operate. The new Hyper 35 MKII has a high quality exterior Marshall monitor and quick release plates for the Canon 5D or 7D cameras.”

They have a web page with more info. Oh, and it appears you can now have one of these for yourself. Originally, reports indicated that it was rental only, but they now have a page where they will set you up with the whole kit – but you provide the camera and the betacam.

Update: In case you are wondering (like I was) ENG = noun – the use of small TV cameras, video tape recorders, and transmission equipment in covering news events – Origin acronym of Electronic News Gathering.

(Photo credit: snap from the video)



  1. It’s a fascinating idea, though it seems like a very elaborate version of a 35mm lens adapter, which has been around for years, is proven, works on virtually all video cameras and connects directly to a 35mm lens, rather than through an additional camera body.

  2. BIG waste of money! What are the benefits? Sure, it’s looks like a Sony ENG and it has a 1.5″ B & W monitor. Does that B & W monitor have 970,000 pixels? No! Oh, and $1250.00 for a Beachtek. I’d almost give my Beachtek away because it sucks so bad… It can’t touch 24bit 96k audio and it has no headroom and poor dynamic range.


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