Air Stephanie :: In Studio With The CaNikon


Testing the CaNikon 5z Marc Too in the studio today. It stands up really well against the D3 in the studio. For the first card of the day I find the images to need less color correction than the D3. Hmmmm. Off to lunch then more shooting.

Cheers, Zack


  • HamWithCam said on March 20, 2009

    Nicely done. I presume very little post?

    I too shoot with a “CaNikon”, sometimes both, sometimes older Nikkor glass on a Canon FF DSLR. Best of both worlds.

    Love your stuff.
    John G.

  • David duChemin said on March 20, 2009

    Love these. 100% awesome, Zack. Have I missed something or are you planning to explain the whole CaNikon thing? Or are you shooting a 5D2 and too ashamed to admit it? It’s been a long week, I’m extra dense today!

  • joseph tutlo said on March 20, 2009

    glad your liking your new toy. which lens are you using for it? if it’s the 24-105 i’d be curious to how your feeling about it. i’ve been considering it. i don’t recall why i didn’t just get the combo.

    i’m hoping people realize that its still YOU making the image. not the cam. a friend of mine is fond of saying, “it’s the wizard, not the wand.”

    enjoy lunch, may i suggest the fish?

  • phototristan said on March 20, 2009

    Why do you call it ‘CaNikon’? Is it because you are using Nikon lenses with it via a lens adapter?

  • Michael Alan Bielat said on March 20, 2009

    Aww man don’t do it… I made the switch back to Nikon because my Canon stuff was always breaking on me.

    If you need the rez then yeah it is a good decision though. I picked up the BRNO BaLens and that thing has made color correction a thing of the past with how easy it is to set a custom WB. Give that a look and maybe even the D3x!

  • Lilia said on March 20, 2009

    This image is FRAKKING awesome, Zack! I’m a D300 shooter strongly considering hopping for the 5Dii, just ’cause I’m jealous of all that Canon wide prime glass, and the tones from the 5Dii are just making me drool. Interested to hear what you think as you continue to shoot!

    :-) Lilia

  • Ryan said on March 20, 2009

    @phototristan – I’m guessing it’s because admitting he bought a Canon gives him the eebie jeebies. Calling it a CaNikon is at least a little less painful. :)

  • Alex said on March 20, 2009

    Do it – it’s solid. I especially like the liveview and the 30FPS HD video when you need it in a pinch.

  • zack said on March 20, 2009

    @Phototristan – I only call it a CaNikon because I’m a total dork! I’m an ardent Nikon shooter who feels weird having a Canon in my gear bag now. I got this thing first and foremost for DSLR video. Canon owns Nikon on that front right now. I’m positive that Nikon will have an answer for it soon but I don’t have time to wait for it for the projects I want to start working on.


  • Tody M said on March 20, 2009

    CaNikon 5z Marc Too vs D3
    cant wait for the video sir :)

  • phototristan said on March 20, 2009

    @Zack – funny thing is the 5DMKII shoots HD video better with Nikon lenses (using an adapter). This is because it allows you more manual controls that way than with Canon lenses!

  • Robert Coppa said on March 20, 2009

    what nikon lens did you use? and what adapter are you using on the 5D2? i am looking to invest for video work.


  • Doug said on March 20, 2009

    That picture is excellent. Inspirational really. Rock on.

  • brent... said on March 20, 2009

    that is fly –

  • Jon Uhler said on March 20, 2009


    Loving these. Nice to hear a Canon that stacks up….love my MKIII and 5D….


  • Henry said on March 20, 2009

    Is this shot with the 24-70/2.8 L?

  • zack said on March 20, 2009

    Yep. 24 – 70 2.8. I was worried I would get lens flare from the white BG but this lens is clean. Really happy with it.


  • matt s. said on March 20, 2009


    You freely admit that you’re not a designer, but you obviously have a mastery of composition. Exemplified by your placement of your logo which is usually in a corner. Nice touch.

    As a designer who is moving more towards photography, the similarities between the two are astounding. I wrote a bit about my experience with this on my website.

    As I’m spending most of my time studying my weaknesses (thanks to you for your help) to become a better photographer, my guess is it would take you a minimal amount of time to learn how to use things like type properly and become a great designer.

    Not that you have any need to.

    In the meantime, I’ll just watch in awe and attempt futilely to match your masterpieces.

  • Heimana said on March 20, 2009

    Hi Zack!
    Yes the logo makes a kind of shadow under the girl… quite design 😛
    I’m very happy with the 5DMkII though I don’t master it yet… Waiting to see more of this serie anyway!
    Take care!

  • Henry said on March 20, 2009

    That lens is on my “next to buy”-list :)
    btw, cool shot 😀
    Love those clean, pure and simple photos.

  • Tim said on March 20, 2009

    Her black toenail polish, while a small detail, seems to add a lot. It looks like she has a black ring on too (L hand)? Helps the verticality of the shot. It’s awesome.

  • Stephen said on March 20, 2009

    I am stumping up for the 5D upgrade soon. Is the 5D2 really that good? You;re not getting the black spot issues or anything else?

  • zack said on March 21, 2009

    @Stephen – I haven’t heard about this “black spot” issue. I’ll have too look into that. I know there aren’t any black spots in the photos I have been taking.

    I can’t speak much about the 5d vs. the 5d2. I did borrow Mark Adams’ 5d a few years ago. I was thinking of switching and I shot with that camera for a week.

    I don’t think there is a HUGE difference between the two other than the video (of course) and the gnarly 22MP files. I’m currently shooting in the 10MP mode because this camera chews through memory cards when shooting 22MP stills plus video.


  • Stephen said on March 21, 2009

    @Zack, I bet it chews through those cards! That is also one of my issues, RAW 22MP files, ouch on the HD!

  • Nick G. said on March 24, 2009

    the black dot issue was with lights like bright Christmas lights on a tree or lamppost but it has been taken care of in a firmware update for the camera. I found a website for really in depth reviews on just Canon Lenses and Bodies and he talk about the issue and shows examples of this.

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