Video From Canon 7D

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Julian Barnes
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Looking to upgrade from 40D next year when funds allow as I believe the AF system will be better suited to wildlife shots with my 400mm f5/6L lens , seen some videos shot on 7D with wide angle lens , anyone any experience of this model and can tell me the ups and downs of MF with it and any tips for video use .

Thanks

Julian

Duncan Craig
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Hiya, you should look at some of the mirrorless DSLR stuff that's around now. But you've asked about auto and manual focus, which do you need. Can you get away with manual only?

Some will have smaller chips that give you a better crop factor. And the video quality is almost always better. Plus they might have a 1:1 recording mode which would give you really high quality closeups. I was thinking of models like the GH2, and the new Sony VG20., I've only started looking myself just recently, but the comparative reviews are very good.

You'd need lens adaptors for these, but they give much better video results than any of the current traditional prism type DSLRs, with little moire, as well as much higher burst stills rates as they are mirrorless. The VG20 is a handycam, but there are DSLR versions with the same internals that have DSLR handling, NEX7 I think. Although the NEX5 is supposed to be good too.

Food for thought. I've shot a couple of adverts on my D5100 which compares favourable to all the Canon models, but still the handling is a pain.

Sorry I don't have any answers , but there's more options out there now than just Canons DSLRs.

Regards, Duncan.

Julian Barnes
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Will be using the Canon/400mm lens auto focus (bird in flight shots) mainly , as the video mode is mf only was looking for advice/tips/feedback on 7D video use. Looking to upgrade the 18-55mm is kit lens to a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 .

Julian

jgould
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I had the Tamrom lens changed it for Sigma, much better. Unless you can keep retaking your video shots until you get it right, use a camcorder

Julian Barnes
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jgould wrote:
I had the Tamrom lens changed it for Sigma, much better. Unless you can keep retaking your video shots until you get it right, use a camcorder

Which Sigma 17-70 ?

Julian

jgould
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Yes, 17 -70mm f2.8 much nicer lens. Distortion on the Tamron at widest angle. I tried 7d for video, not impressed but thats my personal view. Got better results on Sony A33 with autofocus and AVCHD easier in my opinion

col lamb
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My 7D is great, images stunning with L series lenses.

Video is very good (despite what others may post) as long as you are aware of shoting Progressively and also the possible Moire effect.

I wrote an article for FVM mag (The IAC) on using a DSLR for video,pm me and i'll e-mail a transcript to you, it goes into the pros and cons and what other parts you need for a video kit

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jgould
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Yes, straight ahead shots with the 7D are very good, but if you are planning on any sort of panning with the camera, dont. Sony is 50i so not a problem, plus its got built in steady shot. I also have the tiny little Sony HX9 cybershot, excellent stills & stunning video quality