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What's the best hardware for DSLR video? Experiences?

Does anybody have a favorite video shooting DSLR? Pros/cons of Canons, especially, including the 5D series, 6D, 7D, etc. Good or bad experiences with these bodies? Hardware/software issues, mechanical durability, any other issues you’ve had with this hardware. All advice appreciated.

by John Louis Lassen Perry at 2013-06-10 19:13:24 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

hi there,

it’s the same stupid answer like always: it depends on what you wanna do.

i personally “found my luck” in the eos 60d. while my cams for my photowork are still the 5d and 7d, i’m not gonna use them for video anymore. on the one side i do not like the look of the 5d fullframe chip, it’s to stale for me, i like the look of an aps-c chip much more when comming to video. as i am only shooting documentary and reportage it is a pain in the ass to keep the focus where it belongs on a fullframe cam. another problem for me is the fixed screen on the 5d (as well as on the 7d). i also don’t like to use this viewfinders ala zacuto etc.
the 7d has the appreciated aps-c chip, but theres still the fixed screen. and the 7d is getting hot very quick.
and thats why i love the 60d for shooting video. it has a quite solid body in a very good size and it has a flipable screen! everything else is the same as in the 7d (except the autofocus and burstrate, but i also won’t use the 60d for photography). no big rig to stabilize the whole thing needed and you can keep your setup small and inconspicuous. it’s perfect in my eyes!

by david visnjic | 11 Jun 2013 12:06 | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
Thanks, David. I had not considered the heat issue, and while I shoot wide a lot (and so love the 5d) I had not considered the sensor size regarding video. Swing viewfinder also a good point. I am thinking of doing a project you could call “historical-documentary/adventure-travel” traveling to important archaeological sites while discussing their discovery and telling the story of the archaeological work that was done there. Of course, some locations are remote, so durability is important. Thanks again for your comments.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 11 Jun 2013 14:06 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
I had the Canon 5D MKII before switching to Leica for photography purposes and kept it for video purposes (together with a Sennheiser microphone /w deadcat attched to the shoe).

by Dan van Moll | 11 Jun 2013 16:06 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→

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