With their small form factor, crisp image quality, hybrid capabilities and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, DSLRs were Nina's trusted partners for a number of years, most recently the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
and EOS-1D X Mark II (now succeeded by the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
). "People could be a bit surprised when I came to a job with a DSLR," laughs Nina. "But they were also surprised by the quality of the imagery. You can shoot in 4K on both of these cameras, and when you pair that with quality lenses, it creates a beautiful cinematic look."
Nina used the EOS 5D Mark IV to film beavers at dusk (when the animals are most active), leaning on its low-light capabilities to capture their unique behaviour, while the EOS-1D X Mark II – thanks to its high frame rates and fast autofocus – came into its own when filming fast-moving insects. "In my work in meadow restoration, bumblebees have been a focus," she says. "Being able to shoot at 100fps means you can slow things right down and see their wing movement, which is a really amazing thing to capture. You are also able to track and keep them in focus."
When asked to provide a more cinematic look for a longer documentary for Beaver Trust, Nina turned to the EOS C100 Mark II (now succeeded by the Canon EOS C70
). "The transition from the DSLR to the EOS C100 Mark II was seamless because it has very similar functions but with added capabilities: ND filters, XLR inputs..." says Nina. "Having those capabilities was amazing, but I could shoot in a very similar way, as it's also quite lightweight. The sensor creates such a beautiful image."