The last year I planned to invest in a better video camera, but it was also urgent to upgrade the present photo equipment. I had to make a choice having the budget in mind.
I went for new Canon cameras. The upgraded Canon 5D Mk. II and the all new Canon 1D Mk. IV. Both can make HD-video.
The quality is to brilliant that both cameras are used for movie production in Hollywood. They are flexible and I can use all my different lenses which gives more possibilities than with an ordinary video camera.
The downside is that they are very basic, without autofocus and viewer, unlike ordinary video cameras. It takes lots of practice to operate them properly. In the short time I have used them it begins to work out. I learn something new each time.
The biggest hurdle was to focus and at the same time ask questions during interviews. Recording video with a tele-lens is not possible without a tripod. The sound is also a issue I have to solve quickly by adding external microphone.
It is also a new way of working doing both photographs and video from the same event. One has to decide what is the most important. Doing both cannot be 100% perfect. Not for now at least. But it works with event which is not hard news.
I am very positive about the new setup for a beginning. When demand for more video increases there is no way out, than invest in a proper camcorder. Both Canon cameras will still be excellent for video with demanding creative assignments.
Below is two links to my first two video productions. It’s a mix between the Canon 5D and the 1D. The 5D still lacks the possibility to set white balance in video mode unlike the 1D.
English Version: http://www.inspirit-int.com/luntangblog/?p=1192
Danish version: http://www.inspirit-int.com/luntangblog/?p=1177