The DSLR, or the digital single-lens reflex camera used widely by still photographers,has broadened its user base. The compact and handy camera, especially the one from the Canon stable, has gained a steady following among cinematographers, in India and internationally, for its superb reproduction qualities and ease of use. It has been especially designed to tackle crowd scenes and give those moments a candid feel.
Veteran documentary film-maker Ranjan Palit will use the Canon EOS 1D in portionsto produce hi-def images for Vishal Bhardwaj’s forthcoming 7 Khoon Maaf. In India, film-makers such as Anurag Kashyap and Sujoy Ghosh are known to use DSLRs in their films. The new cameras are being patronized mostly by young film-makers who desire a certain “look” for their films, and the trend points to contemporary Indian cinema’s greater involvement with realism.
Candid camera: The Canon EOS 1D is being used to film parts of 7 Khoon Maaf.