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Saturday Night Live Uses Canon DSLRs for Video

By December 31, 2009

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NBC's long-running comedy TV show, Saturday Night Live, debuted a new opening title sequence in the 2009-2010 TV season, and the videographers used a pair of Canon DSLR cameras to shoot the scenes.

The opening sequence features the cast of comedians on the show in various locations around New York City at night. Because the photographers wanted to shoot the video with other people acting as naturally as possible, they chose the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and the Canon EOS 7D camera (pictured here). The photographers could shoot the video covertly because they did not need large video cameras or bulky external lighting gear.

The low-light video capabilities of the two Canon cameras worked well for the opening sequence. You can find the EOS 5D Mark II for about $2,500 (camera body only, Compare Prices) and the EOS 7D for about $1,700 (camera body only, Compare Prices) Saturday Night Live runs at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on most Saturdays on NBC.

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January 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(1) chuck kuhn says:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II is 2699, the used to shoot video. Canon 5D does not have video.

January 5, 2010 at 12:21 am
(2) BikerJim says:

You have some confusing info regarding the Canon. You write about the 5D mk ii, but you quote a price for the 5D. The MK ii
is around $2400. Thanks, I really enjoy your articles.

January 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(3) cameras says:

Thanks to both of you for catching my typo – sorry about that. I appreciate being kept on my toes. ;-)

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