My (revised) video setup: Canon EOS 7D
~ 25 February 2010 ~
After just a couple weeks of testing, I gave up on the Canon HG10 w/35mm for shooting HD video. Not only was the quality not stellar, but it’s a hack that’s cumbersome and really difficult to work with.
Following an enormous amount of deliberation and questioning if so many dollar signs were really worth it, I bit the bullet and sprung for a Canon EOS 7D and some quality lenses. No mistaking, this thing shoots incredible photos and equally impressive 1080p HD video.
I still have plenty to learn about the camera and photography in general, but so far I’m really pleased with it. I took it with me to film the Colosseo being printed earlier this week, and the footage looks fantastic. (Video coming soon.)
I bought the 7D body only and skipped the lens it comes bundled with. Taking cues from Eyepatch Production’s 7D tutorials and comments on forums around the web, I picked up a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM prime lens and Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM zoom lens. Suzanne already had a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens with her Canon 40D, and that seems to do fine with the 7D for shooting macro stuff.
When filming the Colosseo, I kept the Sigma 30mm on most of the time. What’s crazy is just two weeks ago I didn’t even know the difference between prime and zoom lenses.
The mics I’m using right now are the RODE VideoMic, a great little shotgun-style mic, and a wired Audio Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Condenser Mic. The ATR-3350 lavalier mic can be pretty noisy, but for $30 it’s a decent start for now.
Additional links and notes about the equipment shown in these photos are available on Flickr.
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