Happy 5th Birthday HDSLR revolution! Is the revolution still alive?

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Happy 5th Birthday to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the HDSLR Revolution!

A few weeks ago, it dawned on me that we probably should do something exciting for the anniversary of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. What would be fitting for the anniversary of a camera that started the HDSLR revolution?

I instantly thought about creating an ebook about the history of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and predictions for the future of HDSLRs. I thought about writing the e-book all by myself and giving my opinions and going thru the history of the 5D2 and that just didn’t seem quite enough. Read on to see what I decided to do!

Here's one version of the cover (created by Chris Martin)

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I could rehash many of the things that have happened in between (which I did a little bit of in the opening paragraphs), but what people probably want to know, is what’s going to happen in the next five years?

Of course, I could write it all by myself, but that wouldn’t really be fair because many people have different opinions on what’s going to happen in the future. They also have different views about where we currently are.

I thought the best thing to do would be to ask for a large number of opinions.

So I ventured on a path of asking as many people as I possibly could where they thought the HDSLR revolution was going from here. I didn’t give the much direction other than a few suggested topics. I decided it would be best if everyone formulated their own opinions based on their own current viewpoints.

From the emails I sent, I got plenty of questions and excitement. I know there are probably people I missed. I contacted many of the historic figures from the HDSLR revolution and some were able to contribute and others weren’t or never responded. But we do have over 30 amazing responses from some industry leaders, plain folks working with HDSLRs and other cameras daily, as well as from people all around the world.

Here's the list of contributors:

You can find all of that in the ebook! It is well over 130 pages!

Also, you’ll find in the addendum, a transcription of a conversation that was held in the teradek booth at NAB 2013 called “Is DSLR Dead?” The panelists were Matthew Allard, Jason Wingrove, Paul Schneider, and Andy Shipsides.


Ok, I hope you're all excited about the ebook now, but before I tell you how to get it (hint subscribe), let me also tell you that when you subscribe to the planet5D daily email, we'll also send you three other great ebooks!

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The ebook cover

Anyone see the resemblance to a significant advertisement? Let me know in the comments!

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(cover photo credit: snap from the ebook cover)