So, I have started to explore DSLR filmmaking. I know that I'm a few months late, but I finally bit the bullet and will be building a Canon 7D package. It's going to be strange, and I'm sure will be hard to use at first, but the images that I've seen it create are absolutely stunning. I know that the format has is problems, but I think with proper planning I'll be able to work around them. The exciting part is that for the first time ever, this camera gives videographers the ability to focus on the lens. Finally, we can pick different lenses for different applications. I'm working on building a collection of some really nice primes.
I'm excited to shoot some footage with it, and I’ll try to post some samples here. I should have a couple of projects starting up in January, and I hope that I can incorporate this camera for at least the "talking head" portions of one of them. It has the ability to get a beautiful shallow depth of field with the right lenses. In the past, I would have had to use of a bulky 35mm adapter on a video camera. I’m having a hand held rig built for it right now. Hopefully I'll get some photos of the rig up on the site soon.
FYI about the camera’s shooting formats in case you have a project in mind:
1920 x 1080 @ 30p (29.97)
1920 x 1080 @ 24p (23.98) or 25p
1280 x 720 @ 50p or 60p
640 x 480 @ 50p or 60p (But honestly, who really wants to shoot SD with this camera?)
It also has the ability to shoot time-lapse images.