The Sundance Film Festival is one of the biggest showcases for independent films in the world. It seems like every year, one or two really great films come out of Sundance that I really enjoy. Being as I also like to dabble in video production, I am always curious to see what sort of gear is going towards producing some of the incredible films coming out of Sundance.

Luckily for me, the guys over at nofilmschool have a nice listing up of all the cameras and lenses used by this year’s crop of Sundance films. I suppose that it may not be surprising to many of you, that 5 of the 16 cameras used by filmmakers this year were made by Canon and 4 of those were DSLR bodies.


The Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 7D, and Canon T2i were all popular choices by filmmakers who had their films featured at the Sundance Festival this year. The one Canon entry not a DSLR was the C300 cinema camera.

Also according to the nofilmschool report Canon lenses, as you would expect given the use of Canon DSLRs, were also popular choices by filmmakers. The CanonĀ 24-105mm F/4L , Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L , Canon 24mm F/1.4L, and Canon 16-35mm F/2.8L II were named specifically with other “Canon Zoom Lenses” also referred to in a general sense.


If you needed anymore proof that Canon is becoming the king of low budget filmmaking, I think that this offers a solid case that it’s a favorite. Note the absence of the popular Panasonic GH3, very highly regarded ILCs (Interchangeable Lens Cameras) for video.

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Other noteable additions to the list included the GoPro Hero and iPhone. Yes, filmmakers used the iPhone over GH3‘s or any Nikon DSLR with video feature.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with the assessment that Canon is becoming the King – or at least a leader – in lowbudget filmmaking? Share your opinion in a comment below to join the discussion.

[via No Film School]