Confirmed: Iron Man 2 uses Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs for racing scenes

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Back in 2009, there were many rumors that the crew on Iron Man 2 had used the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) for some scenes, now, Broadcast Engineering (found via petaPixel) has posted more info from the DP Matthew Libatique in their story “Canon HDSLRs Used to Shoot “Iron Man 2″“. Last fall, I had a little bit of info shared by an insider on the crew, and tried contacting Mr. Labatique, but we never connected. It appears that the story is written by Canon staffers (I’ll be digging into that too).

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Now, to be clear, the title of the article is a bit of a stretch as they didn’t shoot the whole movie using the Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs (which to me the title of their story implies), but it is awesome none the less that they were able to use these HDSLRs to do some of the work that would be very difficult for the traditional film cameras to do.

““Without a doubt, we couldn’t have gotten the shots any other way,” Libatique says. His comment refers to a scene in Iron Man 2 in which the titular character’s alter ego Tony Stark drives a race car in the Historic Monaco Grand Prix and is attacked by super-villain Ivan Vanko. Canon 5D Mark II Digital SLR’s served multiple roles in photographing this important sequence. One was to capture moving background plates on location in the famous European racing city; another was to provide crash-cam footage amid the scene’s high-speed auto race.”


Please read the whole story!

Iron Man 2 uses Canon EOS 5D Mark II - Canon Image

(Photo credit: snap from the Canon article)

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Old news that probably half of us didn't know. I actually just saw the movie for the first time and really enjoyed that scene. Even better now knowing some of the scenes were shot with the 5DII. Well done. Thanks Mitch.


Old news. This was in American Cinematographer a couple of months ago.


so basically they used it like a gopro ?


Thanks for letting us know. I don't read that site or mag... and not everyone does, so I was pleased to be able to share this with our readers.


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