Some people think the future comes via a DeLorean. Not in my line of work. My “The Future” comes via the Canon 7D.
We’ve had it a few weeks now, but Meegan usually has custody. This was my first assignment shot entirely on the 7D. It says something that a camera makes for a fantastic stills, and video camera. And we’d probably be fighting over it more if it weren’t for our star intern, Jeanette Scarsdale, (Who left for home today.) shooting a zillion videos the last couple months.
Here at Kitsap Frames, we’re really, truly not in the product review biz. But I’m loving the 7D (for video.) Mostly.
First, the package is obviously portable, and the footage is drop-dead I-wanna-throw-some-swear-word-adjectives-in-here-but-I-can’t-because-this-is-a-family-blog good.
The downsides, however, are kind of annoying. If any of you decide to wade into the video DSLR pond, be aware of some compromises. First, it’s a camera first, video camera second, when it comes to ergonomics. Sure, there are fancy contraptions you can buy to improve that, but frankly a tiny selection of you will do that. It just doesn’t make sense for casual shooters.
Today, I was getting some shots (Like the opening one) at a super low angle. But I couldn’t see the LCD to tell if it was in focus. There’s one example. Hand holding to get a steady shot is tough. IS lenses and/or a tripod are good investments.
If you’re thinking, “Hey, the audio from the camera’s pretty good!” Don’t kid yourself. I used a shotgun mic from our XHA1 with an XLR to 1/8″ jack. Nifty. The mono cord I had presented some problems editing, but it all worked out.
I could take a detour into some wonky technical junk about editing 7D footage, but most of you probably don’t care all that much. And if you do, you know what I’m talking about.
Back to my point. Why is the 7D the newspaper reporter/photographer/videographer future? Because it’s one thing that does two things really, exceptionally well. As we’re all pushed to become multimedia journalists who can do everything really, exceptionally well, it makes life a lot easier to have one piece of equipment along for the ride.
Now, if only the next version could write my stories for me, too… Oh well. A DeLorian can’t do that, either.
- Derek Sheppard