There’s something about superheroes and DSLRs that’s been making Canon very happy. Plenty of 5D MKII cameras were used to shoot the racing scenes in ‘Iron Man 2’ and the trend continues with ‘Captain America.’
Canon’s DSLRs were used in the filming of the movie’s action sequences, specifically for POV point-of-view action shots. Thanks to the range of options for the camera, including user selectable frame rates, it was a breeze to use, or so says director of photography Jonathan Taylor.
One of the other advantages of the DSLR is its size. “The challenge with a lot of action photography is getting the camera in the right position,” says Taylor. “I’m always looking to get the camera into impossible to reach places because those kinds of shots make action sequences much more exciting. Most 35mm motion-picture cameras and even the leading digital cinematography cameras are just too big to get into interesting positions.”
The use of Canon DSLRs in the filming of ‘Captain America’ marks another step forward for the use of DSLRs in cinema.