Mike Kobal

June 14, 2009

Grand Central Terminal, NYC: Canon 5Dmk2

Grand Central Terminal NYC: Canon 5Dmk2 from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

After Canon announced a manual firmware upgrade I went out and got one. This is my first video with the Canon 5Dmk2. I can’t imagine movie mode without manual controls anymore. Very intuitive and straightforward. To use my Nikon lenses I purchased a few $6 Nikon – Canon adapters on Ebay. I am also using Hoodman’s Hoodloup 3.0 with the cinema strap over the LCD for focusing. Works great. Lenses used: Nikon 75-150mm 3.5, this is now my favorite tele lens, on the D90 and the 5Dmk2, it is already extremely sharp wide open and very light and small. 17-35mm 2.8, and my new favorite normal lens wide open the Sigma 50mm 1.4. Crazy sharp at 1.4 already. Everything shot from tripod, ISO range, 200 to 2000.
Edited in FCP, desaturated by about 20%. Music: Max Roach, from the Album “speak brother speak” buy the album here: http://www.amazon.com/Speak-Brother-Max-Roach/dp/B000000YUR. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching.

Filed under: City Life — mike.kobal @ 11:27 am


  1. This is exceptional. You captured such character in the individuals.

    Thank you for posting the technical information. Being a Nikon shooter, I am very invested in lenses. But find myself disappointed with the d90’s video capability and lack of manual control.

    Now I will be researching Nikon to Canon adapters & 5Dmk2’s.

    Can’t wait to see more of your work.

    Comment by debora — June 14, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

  2. thanks debora. i think the Nikon video quality is good. just wanted to get a new toy ;O) but of course it is great to be able to use old Nikon Lenses on the 5Dmk2.

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 14, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

  3. I have to hand it to you – You did a remarkable video using what you had, AND the first time out- I appreciate you posting the tech info and PLEASE keep doing that – looking forward to more videos

    Comment by christina — June 14, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  4. Great video! I love that shallow depth of field.

    What was with all the flash photography in the concourse? Was there some special event on, or was that just people taking photos of each other?

    It sounded like the music was clipped towards the end, but that could have just been my computer.

    Comment by Nicholas Sherlock — June 15, 2009 @ 12:19 am

  5. Hey Mike!

    I saw your post on DPR on this video. Very impressive!! This is exactly the type of stuff I want to do. I had a 5D forever and just got a 5Dii a week or so ago. I live in Manhattan, if you’re interested, I’d love to go shoot with you some time and get some pointers on the video side of things. The concept of video is new to me and I could use all the help I could get! If you’re interested, let me know!


    – Christian

    Comment by Christian Wagner — June 15, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  6. Saw the link on DPR also. Very well done. You did a great job of capturing the diversity and action. Having never been to NY or to the GCS, you gave me a good feeling about it. thank you.

    Comment by Gambo1 — June 15, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  7. I like your style, man. Good stuff.

    Comment by Marshal — June 15, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  8. Thanks Marshal, Glenn and Christian. Christian, I am thinking about doing a small workshop in the near future, I have gotten a few inquires like yours. I will email you if and when it happens. Probably July or August.

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 16, 2009 @ 4:38 am

  9. What I like the most is the focus on each character !

    Comment by Gonzague — June 16, 2009 @ 9:10 am

  10. Outstanding job. Love NY as much as I love the Canon 5Dmk2

    Comment by romsfou — June 16, 2009 @ 10:18 am

  11. Great quality

    Comment by Nikola Ovcharski — June 16, 2009 @ 11:48 am

  12. I live in NYC and pass grand central station often.
    your video made me feel that we live in such a beautiful place.

    Comment by GT — June 16, 2009 @ 11:56 am

  13. thanks Gonzague, Nikola and GT!

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 16, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  14. My new Hero! It is one thing “hearing” about something new, but totally a different thing to see what this can mean. Clearly for a DSLR the Canon 5D Mk II has some incredible utility. However the real artistic genius is squarely in your hands Mike! Totally awesome that you would share with the WWW! Makes me want to fly up and attend one of your classes! Can’t wait to get my 5D MK II copy as I just sold my 5D which I loved. I hope I can get the results with my Canon L lens series, 17-40 / 24-105 & 70-200 zooms that you have so elequantly shown us. I really want to integrate HD onto my website. I do a lot of New Model Homes around McKinney and I mostly shoot in natural light stills with my 40D. Now I have other ideas with the HD Video. Again WOW! Example on my natural light shots:(http://www.mckinneyhomerebate.com/idx/cms/105/details.html).

    Comment by Mike Askins — June 17, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  15. glad you enjoyed it Mike.

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 18, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

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  18. Good shots – Magnific!

    Comment by James Hunter — July 31, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  19. thanks James

    Comment by mike.kobal — July 31, 2009 @ 10:43 am

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  21. Great work! I live in Fresno California and would fly up to attend your workshops, keep me posted.

    Comment by Daniel Loera — January 12, 2010 @ 1:17 am

  22. I just wanted to let you know how glad I am to have found your video of June 14, 2009. I just recently purchased a Panasonic dmc-lx5 primarily for its video capabilities. I am working on learning techniques that make my videos different as well as better. The way you opened the video by filming the reflection of the people was great. In fact the whole thing was great. I’m going to try some of your ideas in my videos. Thanks

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