Nikon Steals Canon 5D MK II Footage For D800 Promo Video. *Update*


According to Steve’s Digicams, Nikon has committed the ultimate photography sin. They used stolen Canon 5D MK II footage to promo the new Nikon D800. In fact they used about ten seconds of footage shot with other cameras. It has been confirmed that at least some of the footage was shot by TSO Photography and The Art Of Flight footage, shot with a Phantom. Here is a rip from the article.

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***UPDATE* Seems as if Nikon has admitted to their mistake and s working to resolve this matter. Here is a rip from the FB page.









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Looks awesome, doesn’t it? Makes the D800 look like it excels at shooting sports and time lapse videos of cityscapes and exotic locations, right? Makes it seem like the D800 is a vital tool to have in your filmmaker production kit, right? Makes you want a D800 no matter the price, right?

Only there’s a catch… As seen today over at one of our favorite photography Facebook pages (a site we’ve covered here and here), TSO Photography:












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Note the shot at 1:36, which lines up with 0:50 in Nikon’s video, which is then followed by a shot of a Canon dSLR. Also, the shot at 2:30 lines up with 0:52 in Nikon’s video. Produced over a year ago, there’s no way the D800 could have been used to make this film. In fact, if you check out ‘The Art of Flight’ website to see what cameras they used to produce the movie, Nikon isn’t even on the list! The above footage was most likely captured with the Phantom HD Gold camera, capable of shooting 1,052 frames per second in 1080p HD.

So that’s two separate, confirmed sources making up about 5 to 10 seconds of Nikon’s Bangkok video.


Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Ryan Richards

    I recognize another shot seen in this video here, taken on a D7000. Did Nikon shoot anything on the D800?? 

  • eleventh 0.47 – 0.48 shot with a 1D

  • Barry Fontaine

    Haven’t they been reverse engineering their Nikon cameras from Canon technology for years (stealing)? Why not steal some footage as well? 
    Canon leads the way. Nikon tries to follow.

    And what’s with that stupid winder sound in the video?  Does the Nikon D800 actually sound like that? haha

  • Gene Crucean

    “Nikon isn’t even on the list! The above footage was most likely captured with the Phantom”

    This sucks about the TSO footage and I’m sure some retarded intern probably put the video together. But the The Art of Flight claim is baseless. The above footage was MOST LIKELY captured on a Phantom? Wtf is that. An assumption, that’s right ladies and gentlemen. 

    As for being on the list I did a shit load of the work for the red queen castle on Alice in Wonderland. It was nominated for an oscar. One of my more promenant shots was played on the screens in the actual theater when they were announcing best visual effects award… And I’M not even in the credits of the movie. Why? Politics are a bitch.

    I’d love to hear what Nikon has to say about this though.

  • Tim O’Bryan

    Damn, and at 1:09 there are a few shots of Scott Schumann (aka The Sartorialist) that I immediately recognized from a profile produced by Intel over a year ago.

  • John Vincenti

    This video looks like a student did it, not Nikon. Is Nikon claiming that they produced it?

  • Meji Alabi

    they stole everything loool

  • Philip Bloom

    devil’s advocate…ignoring the use of other people’s footage without permission did anyone watching actually believe this was shot on the camera? looks like a generic advert made up of stock footage. Not as if it is a release video of footage shot on the d800?

  • Goforajared

    They tried really hard to make it look like the D800. Notice the product shot at the end. It’s also hard to ignore that a camera company had anything to do with stolen footage. You for one should know how that feels.  Thanks for your input! Hope you are feeling better. 

  • Philip Bloom

    just being devil’s advocate and speaking purely on it not being shot on the d800 not about the stolen footage aspect! i see many adverts for stills cameras on tv/ at cinemas and i always take it as a given it’s not shot on that camera!

  • Thomas Wang

    Who cares?  Camera manufacturers frequently use other brands of cameras.  They use Hasselblads for product shots, etc.  I don’t care.

  • Thomas Wang

    Your kidding right?  If they were following Canon they would be creating badly weatherproofed cameras that don’t focus.  Nikon’s have exceeded Canons in every way.  There’s no one else to follow.  Unlike Canon, Nikon doesn’t give free cameras and “white lenses” out to any hack who can press a button.  People switched because they WORK.

  • Ben Hollingsworth

    The “pencil vs camera” scenes at 0:57 in the Nikon video were originally done by Belgian artist Ben Heine well before the D800 came out.  The four images pictured were all done in early 2010:

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  • Ron Dawson

    I recognized the Sartorialist footage too!