Skateboarding and the Canon Rebel T2i/550D

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Patrick (an 18 year old student from Germany – website) popped into the chat tool on the blog (see the button for it in the lower right of your blog window) this morning and taught me some stuff about skateboarding and the Canon Rebel T2i/550D – as well as giving me a lesson on the Sony VX1000.

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Patrick showed me his latest Canon Rebel T2i/550D skateboarding movie which he graded with Magic Bullet and some layers in After Effects (reviews):

And then I was asking him about the ‘other camera' they were using… and he told me there wasn't a way to compare them. The Sony it turns out is a skateboarding legend… wikipedia says “It is recognized in the skateboarding industry because it was the number one preferred camera of skateboarding filmers due to its “raw” footage.” They also go on to describe it “a Digital video camera that was produced by Sony Electronics in 1995, being replaced in production by the Sony VX2000 in 2000 and the VX2100 in 2004. It was the first prosumer camera that enabled the user to transfer video information via IEEE 1394 firewire to a Windows or Macintosh computer. It was also the first camcorder in which both the MiniDV format and 3CCD color processing technology were used.”

So, I have to agree that it is hard to compare the two because the sony isn't close to the same quality being a MiniDV, but it is also fun to see the same footage shot by two different people on the same day with different cameras.


So he showed me the same day's filming that was done on the Sony VX1000 (tho mostly shot with a fisheye so it is somewhat hard to compare, but you can see some of the very same shots that were in Patrick's movie):

And one more with the Sony, without the fisheye (from Patrick but from a different day so not the same shots)

Again, totally different cameras so we're not comparing, but I enjoy seeing these side by side and learning something new. Who knew that a 1995 camera is still being used (and loved) by kids these days?

If you'd like to see more of Patrick's stuff, check out his youtube channel – and thanks to Patrick for the lessons and for the great chat.

(Photo credit: snap from the video)



  1. Another interesting note is that the fisheye lens used was called the “Death Lens” because you had to fill very close to the skaters and there were many crashes. Also, the vx1000 had no flip out LCD viewer.

  2. The vx1000 was a legend in general for digital filmmaking. I’m even more excited about the DSLRs, but that vx1000 was were the dreams of a new way of doing things began.

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