This is Why My Next Camera is the Canon 5D MkII

If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time you’ve seen the live shooting I’ve been doing for three years now. In 2006 I was shooting a Canon Rebel 300D, I upgraded to the XTi soon after, and last year I moved to the Canon 450D aka XSi. Each of these moves gave me more features and resolution (of course) while allowing me to maintain my lenses. The XSi also gave me live view, which has been very handy in crowd situations as my 6’1″ body plus my arm gives me about 7 foot of reach, and I was very happy with the pictures I have taken so far. Of course, late last year Canon announced the upgrade to the already-amazing and amazingly-priced Canon 5D. With a full-frame sensor like its big brother 1D and new mind-boggling resolution of 21.1 Megapixel and much-improved low-light abilities provided by the DiGiC 4 CCD and processor it is the next move I’d like to make for all of my shooting needs. The full-frame sensor will help me take full advantage of the lenses I have and really open up some possibilities, I think.

But it is the High Definition video capability that really knocks it out of the park. I don’t have a video camera today– much to the chagrin of anyone who knows me and my gadgets– and I shouldn’t justify buying a $2700 camera by saying I’m going to use it for video, but one look at the video below is enough to make it compelling!

My friend Chad forwarded me this today, and I felt I needed to post on it. This is footage shot on 2/25 in Melbourne, Australia of Nine Inch Nails. NIN might not be everyone’s cup o’ tea, but damn, look at how absolutely GORGEOUS this footage is!

NIN: Burn Live from on stage, Melbourne 2.25.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

And, in case you’re feeling *very* giving:

Upcoming Show: Nine Inch Nails at US Cellular Center 11/20/08

In the last couple of years Cedar Rapids has had some disappointments when it comes to national touring acts wanting to stop by our fair city. Acts that had planned stops but backed out or had changes included Black Eyed Peas, Willie Nelson (this year anyway, he did stop by with Dylan a couple of years ago), and Kid Rock to name a few that I was paying attention to. Unfortunately, the US Cellular Center– formerly the Five Seasons Center– is getting a bit long-in-the-tooth when it comes to mid-sized arenas. In some cases acts can’t perform there because their stage or rigging might not fit, in other cases there are newer and nicer arenas cropping up in the area. It seems that Council Bluffs is really getting a nice run of acts through their new facility. To add insult to injury, the center was designed with sports in mind, so backstage ends up being not much more than a locker room. Certainly not very appealing.

So it is with some hopefulness that we hear that Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails are planning a stop at the US Cellular Center as part of his very extensive “Lights In The Sky : 2008 Tour.” The sale date for the tickets have not been announced, yet, but if you sign up with, you have the opportunity to buy the tickets pre-sale.

The line-up of opening acts for this tour is impressive and includes Crystal Castles, Deerhunter, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and personal favorite the shoegazy distortion festival known as A Place to Bury Strangers. The opening act is TBD, but the website is offering for download a free sampler of all of these bands and a couple of tracks from NIN.

I’ve seen Nine Inch Nails three times. The first time was for the first Lollapalooza in 1991 at the World Theater in Tinley Park. This was a daytime show– Nine Inch Nails was one of the afternoon acts along with the Butthole Surfers as I recall. I saw them twice for the Downward Spiral tour. They played Carver Hawkeye in Iowa City on 11/6/94. They were supposed to play the Mark of the Quad Cities (now called the iWireless Center) in Moline on 1/19/95 but it was cancelled due to a snowstorm. I saw them again on 2/4/95 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. I think that Marilyn Manson opened the two shows I saw. Pop Will Eat Itself was supposed to open in Moline. In 1995 I was a very big fan of NIN and had all of the “halos” (“Halo” was a catalog designation for the NIN releases including albums and singles). I stopped listening to NIN some time after The Downward Spiral and hadn’t really followed Trent’s career closely until last year with the Year Zero release. If the ticket prices aren’t crazy, I would like to see the show.

I’ll update this article as I get more information about the show, so stay tuned.