I have talked about the blog dslrnewsshooter.com here before but never really talked much about the man behind it. His name is Dan Chung and he is also a great still shooter. He hasn’t had many update since the NAB Expo and I can understand why. Until recently Chung was devoted to covering the election for the man that would live at No. 10 Downing Street. If you don’t know who that is, google it and then move out from under a rock in Kansas.
To me, his work is very traditional. He captures many of the behind the scenes moments of the election that the public is often unaware of. His pictures are documentary, non-intrusive, story telling images. Having covered some of the 2008 presidential elections, I can understand the thrills, boredom and surprises of the campaign trail. I think he has done a great job with his coverage. I encourage you to check out his work for The Guardian, here, here or here.
I really wanted to go to the National Association of Broadcasters Expo this year. Due to financial reasons that didn’t happen. Thanks to dslrnewsshooter.com I can find out about the accessories that matter to working photojournalists. There are 2 things that I really wanted to see or hear about this year: a support designed for the true photojournalism style of “run and gun” video and something that will help me get better audio straight out of the camera.
NAB didn’t disappoint. RedRock Micro is set to introduce a smaller set of supports that don’t include a follow focus unit or rails. This is pretty much what I have been looking for since I first got my Canon EOS 7D. Check out the video below for more information.
Juicedlink has been in my sights for a long time. Ever since Danfung Dennis mentioned that he was using one for HDSLR video, I have been interested. Now they are set to release the DT454 that not only cancels out the Automatic Gain Control of the 7D it also gives you 2 balanced and 2 unbalanced inputs for mics. 48v phantom power is also provided over the XLR connectors. Great stuff for being able to gather good, clean audio in camera as opposed to using an external recorder. I am going to pre-order one ASAP. Check out the video below for more information.
UPDATE Links Added: This is big news regarding the firmware for the EOS 5D Mark II. DPReview.com is reporting the new update will include frame rates for 1080p Full HD footage at 24 fps (23.976) and will change the existing 30 fps to the NTSC standard of 29.97 fps-great news for budget film makers and news shooters who are producing documentary footage. Probably the biggest change comes with the addition of new audio features that allow users to set audio levels manually with an onscreen meter. The audio sampling rate will also be increased from 44.1KHz to 48KHz which is more standard for broadcast material. Good stuff. This is why Canon will remain at the top of the HD DSLR game for a long time. If they can put similar audio features into the EOS 7D, I will be a very happy person.
UPDATE: There is now a new behind the scenes video that shows some of the new features. You can check it out on the Canon Europe site here.
© Matthew Jonas 2010
UPDATED: Shooting video with the Canon EOS 7D is no easy task. Trying to hold the camera steady, keep your subject in focus at f2.8 and remembering to capture usable audio is all part of the game you play every time you press record. There are now a ton of companies out there that are specifically making products that are supposed to help HD DSLR users capture better video and audio.
One of the first companies to do so is Redrock Micro. They make a product called the microFinder Loupe that works in conjunction with the Hoodloupe 3.0. Basically what the microFinder does is securely hold the Hoodloupe in place. Together, they allow you to use the camera’s viewfinder to focus while shooting video. I am going to include a ton of photos with this post due to the fact that when I was researching the microFinder I couldn’t find a good set to get a feel for how this would work on a 7D.
I just stumbled upon this site. Read the piece written by Aljazeera shooter Matthew Allard about working with the Canon EOS 7D. Its got some pretty good ideas and also talks about the limitations of the camera for broadcast. Check out the article and the video below.