Rolled the Dice
I finally made it happen, I purchased the Canon C100! After that, I now have not looked back and I have been more than happy with this camera that is perfectly suited to my style of shooting and rugged enough to survive it. After visiting a talk with Joe Simon and seeing him at WPPI talk about how he uses his Canon Cinema series cameras, it was easy to make the move.
I was extremely lucky to be invited to a shoot in Monte Carlo, Monaco to catch some fast cars, fast bikes and all the rich and famous. I had ordered my C100 about 3 days before from Texas Media Systems who were very helpful in getting my camera ready and too me in time. I got the camera a few hours before I had to fly in LA and only had time to pack it in my Pelican 1510 LOC case.
After arriving in France, I pulled out the camera and started to set it up and found myself already knowing the camera as it has the Canon "feel". Coming from a 5D, it was nice to see the addition to the all necessary video features that make this camera worth every penny. I tried out a few test shots to see what I was getting and was instantly amazed with the control and ease of use of the design of the camera especially the location of all of the buttons and how natural the camera feels in my hand with the side grip.
Filming around Monte Carlo provided some challenging situations like hanging out of a car, running, and climbing the side of the Alps, the C100 did brilliantly.
I will be writing a full review of the C100 very soon.