Oprah Winfrey’s Master Class uses Canon HDSLRs and Redrock EVF? UPDATED

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Oprah Winfrey's “Master Class” on her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) appears to be shot on Canon HDSLRs according to the promotional video showing on her site. Cliff Etzel spotted it while watching the promo on TV yesterday and alerted us via this planet5D forum post. And, there appears to be a Redrock EVF involved as well – keep reading!


Just spoke with someone that shoots for Oprah who told me that they use RED as the “A” camera and the HDSLRs are “B” cam – and the EVF showing in the image is the RED EVF – not the Redrock one.

Redrock Micro

The promo

(sorry this covers up a bit of the ads – couldn't figure out how to make it smaller this time)

If you want to see it on Oprah's site – watch here

Here's a screen snap showing a Canon HDSLR in use on the set:

A Canon HDSLR on the set of Oprah Winfrey's OWN Master Class

A Canon HDSLR on the set of Oprah Winfrey's OWN Master Class


Is this really significant?

While some have become a bit jaded about the latest big name using the Canon HDSLRs, there's still a significant number of people who just are coming into the industry. And, to see someone of Oprah's stature embracing the HDSLRs is significant.

Here's what Cliff said in his post that says it well:

“With all the money she has at her disposal, this is a major announcement to show DSLR video is ready for broadcast.”

Redrock EVF

Cliff also noticed there appears to be a Redrock Micro EVF being used on the set as well!

redrock evf possibly used on oprah's OWN master class

redrock evf possibly used on oprah's OWN master class

I contacted Redrock and was given a “no comment” response – we'll just have to decide on our own I guess – tho there are several blue handles seen in the video – indicating Redrock equipment in use.

Thanks again to Cliff for sending this in!

(Photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. Well it seems like it’s a simple show where a dslr fits. Not much movement = no jello effect and you don’t need to pull focus very fast or exactly. And since it’s basically a portrait of the person the show focus on it’s very fitting to have short dof. Honestly says more about the show than about the camera.

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