Canon DSLRs Finally Get C-Log and HDR?

Better late than never, right? Unfortunately, this C-Log Upgrade doesn’t come from Canon as you may guess. Nevertheless, UK-based cinematographer James Miller and Atomos have joined forces lately to create specific Log picture profiles aiming to bring the highly demanded gamma curve to certain models of the Canon DSLR lineup along with HDR compatibility.

In a nutshell, by utilizing the expanded dynamic range that these C-Log picture profiles are supposed to deliver as a result, users can pair their Canon DSLR with an Atomos HDR capable monitor/recorder to more accurately expose for Log. Or at least, that’s how this C-Log Upgrade is officially billed. But, before we delve into details, let’s take a quick look at the video promo of the package below.

Upgrade your Canon DSLR to HDR with James Miller’s C-Log from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

The concept of bringing C-Log to Canon DSLRs isn’t new or groundbreaking by any means. As you may recall, there were a few other picture Log profiles released throughout the years emulating a standard Log curve look as one of the first and (arguably) most popular among them was the CineStyle developed by Technicolor in collaboration with Canon back in 2011.

In fact, Canon themselves implemented their proprietary C-Log profile on the already discontinued Canon 1D-C. Unfortunately, it remains the only Canon DSLR that ever had a factory Log profile on board.

What makes the James Miller C-Log Picture Profiles different, though, is the fact that these have been specifically designed to work with the Atomos HDR monitor/recorders. Actually, there are several LOG type profiles included in the package along with corresponding LUT looks that will allow you to convert the footage to Rec 709 on the fly. The James Miller/ Atomos C-Log Upgrade sells for £24.99, but you can currently get 30% off.

The compatible Canon DSLR’s that will work with the C-Log picture profiles include EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 1D C, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 1DX Mark II, and EOS 5D Mark IV. In combination with the Shogun Inferno, Shogun Flame, Ninja Flame or Ninja Blade monitor/recorders, you’ll be able to record the emulated Log video to different flavors of ProRes or DNxHR which ultimately should give you more flexibility when it comes to editing and color grading in post.

The creators hope that this upgrade could bring Canon DSLRs back in the game or at least make them more suitable for professional work, so if you still haven’t sold your Canon DSLR and want to test out the picture profiles developed by James Miller and Atomos, head over to the Atomos official website for further details and purchase links.

[source: Atomos]

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  • nakean

    Still stuck in 8bit 4:2:0 …. Canon log isn’t as flat as some others so mileage may vary conserning banding etc.

    • Vlady Radev

      Unfortunately, that’s the case indeed. But, having C-Log is still better than nothing.

      • nakean

        Totally. They’re confident they’re stills camera are good enough without giving users pro video functions. And you know what, I still use a 5DmkIII even though I have a GH4 for video. My sites are in a c300mkii equivalent someday not the varicam lt so they’ve got me wrapped around their finger…I realize I’m only a tiny tiny sample but there must be others like me.

        • Vlady Radev

          I get your point and I’m sure you’re not alone. Canon have missed so many opportunities throughout the recent years, especially when it comes to this particular market segment. No doubt about it! But their products are still on the radar for many aspiring filmmakers. That’s why updates like the one mentioned above are always appreciated.

  • Florin Filimon

    I think it is too much work for an 8 bit output. Why not use the magic lantern instead of all this complicated and costly solution?