Canon 5D Mark II Used for Iron Man 2

Back in 2009 there were rumors that the upcoming Iron Man 2 would make use of Canon’s 5D Mark II DSLR for certain scenes, and now details are emerging as to how exactly the the camera was used.

Cinematographer Matthew Libatique used 5D Mark II DSLRs to shoot parts of the Monaco Grand Prix scene in the movie in which Tony Stark is attacked by Ivan Vanko (AKA Whiplash) at the historic race. 5D Mark IIs were mounted to all four sides of a moving vehicle to capture moving background plate footage that was later combined with race car footage shot in Hollywood.

They were also sealed in heavy duty Pelican cases with holes cut out and placed around the track to capture footage of vehicles driving past, crashing, and running over them. Finally, the camera was mounted to the front of Tony Stark’s crashing race car, capturing footage as it flew into the air.

Think having 5D Mark IIs destroyed for the sake of footage is a waste? For the same Monaco scene the crew actually destroyed two Rolls Royce Phantoms each worth almost half a million bucks…

P.S. If you own the DVD, you might want to pop it in and see if you can pick out the 5D Mark II shots.

Update: Here are a couple shots released by Canon:

  • Anonymous

    Nice. It’s not news anymore that the 5D is used in feature films and for TV shows, but what I find interesting is the idea of cutting the window in a Pelican case. Great idea. For around $100 you’ve got serious protection if you want to throw the camera out of a car, run over it, etc. Wich I had thought of that.

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  • Fastactingrelief

    Interesting article about this at American Cinematographer (link below).
    Here’s a quote from the article including words from Jonathan Taylor, ASC – The second unit director for these sequences:

    Taylor also incorporated Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLRs, fitted with Canon lenses, as crash cameras. “One of the problems with doing action stuff is finding interesting places to put the camera,” says Taylor, adding that he could “actually put the 5Ds on the cars we were going to crash. We cut holes for the lenses in small Pelican cases that we painted to match the cars. We got some amazing shots. Of course, it’s not film quality, but for a 12-frame cut in an action piece, it holds up very well.”

    Yes! 12 frames. That’s half a second of screen time, so you better pay really close attention if you are trying to “pop it in (the DVD) and see if you can pick out the 5D Mark II shots.”

  • 5D Mark II TEAM

    Thank you very much Michael.

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  • Kenneth

    I’d love to see a comprehensive list of feature films and prime time TV shows using HDSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II. Anyone know of such a list?

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