posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:35 AM
Originally posted by wigit
reply to post by whaaa
I've been comparing the Canon 60d, the 550, and the 5d mkII. I'll end up going with what I can afford. What I've read so far is there's not a lot
of filming time with one of these cameras as opposed to a camcorder, I suppose that can be helped by buying extra batteries and extra memory?
Also lenses, there are dozens, what types should I look for and are there any must-haves?
Your sound equipment - can you explain what a wireless lav is please? Is wireless stuff better than an external mic with a long, long lead?
You are correct that DSLRs have a short filming duration. Video heats up the sensor and they need to cool down after about 12 min. of filming but
they can be turned back on after a short cool down time; it's not really a battery/memory card issue but always have plenty of SDHC class 8 cards and
You can go crazy with lenses but we only use 2. A 18-135 zoom [comes with the 60D] and a 50mm 1.8 for that narrow depth of field film look. I think
these are essential.
Most of the time for sound we use a boom pole attached to a shotgun mic. run directly into the camera. But some times that isn't practical and you
need to mic. up the actors with a wireless lav. www.bhphotovideo.com...
As cool as all the gear and physical act of shooting is........
The real art of film making takes place in writing the script/preproduction and at the editing suite. We use Final Cut pro but there are many good
editing systems out there. This is not to discount the value of quality cast and crew but a good director can work miracles !!
Film making is now available to almost everyone that wants to make one due to advent of the digital age and streaming video has changed the
distribution model so that millions can see your work.
Best of Luck......tell your story!
edit...I forgot to add that networking with other people interested in filmmaking can overcome a lot of obstacles.
Join a friends of film group; learn and help each other to realize your dreams.
edit on 7-10-2011 by whaaa because: (no reason given)