DSLR Videography: Items You May Want To Get

The worlds of photography and videography are emerging even more as time progresses. It has become inevitable. They’ve been used to film major motion pictures as well as television shows. Because of this, you should also perhaps be looking into gear to support those features of your DSLR. Chances are that your flashes, diffusers, and wireless transmitters really won’t help you very much. That being said, here are some items to start out with that won’t really break the bank.

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Opinion: Pentax Has Apparently Realized That DSLRs Can Capture Video

If the word on the street is to be believed, we may be blessed with a Pentax APS-C DSLR that’s designed for videography.

2020 has thrown many curveballs at us, but nobody saw this one coming. Pentax is apparently working on a new APS-C DSLR that will be video-forward. Over the last few years, we have seen some incredible developments in the world of cameras and their video capabilities. The GH5s is legendary, the new Sony a7s III is perhaps the best on the market for 4K. The Canon EOS R5 can shoot 8K and so on. In the past, Pentax has rivaled perhaps an 80s camcorder when it comes to video capabilities. Still, apparently, Pentax feels left out, and they want a piece of the video action too. Let’s talk about this totally bizarre piece of Pentax APS-C DSLR speculation after the break.

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Canon Reportedly Working on Hybrid Viewfinder for its DSLRs

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According to a story published by Canon Watch, Canon might be working on a hybrid viewfinder for its future generations of DSLRs. Commonly, DSLRs come with an optical prism or mirror finder that lets you look straight through the optical path of the lens, thanks to the reflex mirror that reflects the incoming light upward towards the viewfinder. This classic viewfinder design has been challenged by high-resolution electronic viewfinders in the recent past, which many prefer for their brightness in low light, the ability to overlay shooting information, as well as easier manual focusing.

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The Guide to How to Get Started In Videography For the Photographer

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Some folks think that when they get into shooting video that it will be super easy and a total breeze. But trust us–if you think photography is hard, videography is an Olympic sport. There is so much more that you have to remember and take into account for since you’re continuously shooting still images. For the most part, also keep in mind that you’re also probably shooting the video equivalent of a JPEG photo–which means that all that latitude and editing ability that you get as a still photographer might not be there unless you have the right camera or the right hack.

This guide will help you without going into the aspects of editing and other work including coloring. And before I was a stills guy, I was a video guy.


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The Best Budget Lenses and Accessories for Canon DSLR Users Shooting Video

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We’ve written before about the best budget lenses, the best accessories for HDSLR cameras, the right Canon lens for you and we even listed a bunch of autofocus lenses for DSLR videography. But what if you need to start shooting more video to help your business grow? Sure, you can spring for the autofocus lenses but they’re not always the most affordable and photographic lenses aren’t always the most ergonomical when it comes to shooting video. Instead, you may want to spring for some of these bad boys: providing that you have the right accessories too.

After having real-world and live testing, we bring you the guide to the best lenses for shooting video (and lots of other accessories too.)

With this said, always remember: vision comes first.

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Great Items for DSLR Video Audio Recording

The blog has briefly discussed great items for DSLR videography. However, where would great videos be without excellent audio? In film school, you’re taught that sound is 60% of your video/film. It can make a huge difference. For those of you dabbling in DSLR videography, here are some items that you may want to get to create great audio.

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The FocusMaker Is a New Type of Follow Focus System

Striving for beauty in simplicity, the design team over at FocusMaker created a new follow focus system for your DSLR videography that fits just about any DSLR camera. Its as simple as just a two pieces that attach to your lens using a band that snaps into place. Simply strap it to your lens before a shoot, set up your focusing points, and you’re good to go. This allows you to make quick focusing shifts as you keep track of each point through the FocusMaker sight.

Constructed out of lightweight and flexible materials, the FocusMaker could be just what you need to get those quick and sharp focus effects you’ve been looking for. You can pick up one of these on their website for $89 and it comes with the ruler, lever, a handle, 6 clips to set your focus points, and a carrying pouch.

Review: Zoom H4n Microphone

The Zoom H4n has become a very popular gadget due to DSLRs’ full 1080 HD video capability. This added functionality is great for not only still photographers who buy HDSLRs (High Definition SLRs), but also for videographers who can’t splurge on professional video cameras. The only issue is that an HDSLR’s audio does not sound very good. The sound might be good for home movies, but if you are using your camera to shoot professional quality movies then you need a different solution for recording sound.

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USAToday: 2.7 million Digital SLRs…will be sold this year

USAToday has a nice article on how the DSLR industry is really booming right now. Because of the growth in DSLR sales and DSLR videography due to dropping prices of entry level models, getting better video than a camcorder is possible for normal folk. The article also says though that items are essential to be coupled with the DSLRs when shooting video. That’s where we’ve got you covered in our list. This is why I love my 5D Mk II so much.

Hankering for a New Lens? We’ve Just Updated Five of Our Lens Guides

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Hey everyone, just a quick note that we’ve updated five of our most popular lens guides:

The Best Budget Lenses– This is our major comprehensive guide for every format. If you own a camera system, it’s covered in here.

The Best Budget Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras– This is a niche guide designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. Right now there is an emphasis on Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX, but it will be updated again soon.

The Best Budget Lenses and Accessories for Canon DSLR Users Shooting Video– We’ve started to test more cinema lenses, and we’ve also used many accessories for DSLR videography. This one will also get another refresh later on in the year.

The Best Lenses for Sony Alpha Mount DSLRs Under $300– We personally feel that Sony has been putting more emphasis on their mirrorless cameras, but we didn’t forget about our Alpha followers. If you’re looking for something just for you, this is our gift.

The Phoblographer’s Guide to The Right Canon Lens For You– Many people don’t want to spring for third party lenses despite how good they’ve become in the recent years. For the coloquial photographer, we present this guide to you.

Get Ready To Say Goodbye to the Canon 5D Mk II

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So here’s the deal: NoFilmSchool heard from Canon Rumors who read on Canon Japan’s website that the 5D Mk II is gone and officially discontinued. Indeed, when the page is translated, one can see that as in the screenshot above. But Canon USA’s website doesn’t reflect that in their listing at the time of publishing this piece.

Either way, it can be easily stated that the 5D Mk II was very much so a game changer. It created the HDSLR videography market when Nikon’s D90 couldn’t, and it became a staple for wedding photographers, photojournalists, portraitists, and hobbyists alike. I was a former Olympus DSLR owner but when the company couldn’t keep up with my demands, I made the switch to Canon when I wrote for Photography Bay. And to this day, I refuse to give mine up. Indeed, I’ve found many ways to still keep mine alive–most recently switching over to all Sigma glass which has given me some spectacular results and still uses the camera’s sensor to its fullest potential. That camera has quite literally helped me build this site and through some very tough times in my content development and photography career, has stuck by me through thick and thin. I’ve debated upgrading many times, but I simply can’t justify it to myself. In this world of gear-mongering; we really need to remember that it’s the creative that creates the images; and the 5D Mk II is more than modern enough to give many of us what we need and want.

The camera at the moment is still listed on Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama and Borrow Lenses. And it is probably the best bang for your buck at the moment for full frame DSLRs. Farewell, old friend!

Review: Kinotehnik LCDVF

As photographers, we sometimes want to shoot video but our DSLRs are plagued by different issues. For example, they can be ergonomic nightmares when it comes to trying to record steady handheld footage. Part of this is because of the fact that the LCD screen needs to be held at a certain distance away from you. Enter the Kinotehnik LCDVF: a highly recommended viewfinder attachment for HDSLR videography at an affordable price.

But is it for you?

Correction: We originally called this the CowBoy Studios LCDVF. Kinotehnik emailed us to tell us that theirs is a knock off and not related. However, the products are similar but Kinotehnik’s version is superior. It is also easily mistaken. Here’s how to tell the real vs fake.

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7 Reasons Why I Want to Throw The Sony NEX-VG10 Out the Window

Readers of this site have asked for more HDSLR reviews: and so the first one that popped into my mind was the Sony NEX-VG10 and I’m currently working on a review. As another addition to the Sony NEX line of cameras, it’s a powerful camera in a small package: and it makes me want to scream at times. Like the Sony NEX-5 that I reviewed previously, I feel like it is best left in the auto modes and never touched otherwise. But that is only one of my frustrations with the camera. Here’s a list of the seven reasons why I want to throw this camera out the window and the few reasons why I won’t.

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Reader Question: A Camcorder For Trade Shows

Today’s reader question comes from my friend Jeffrey L Wilson who is the editor of 2D-x.com. He’s asking a question that lots of other tech journalists actually wonder about. You see, we all have our different niches, but when it comes down to more technical questions we all have our own specialized skills. Hit the jump; you’ve most likely been wondering the same thing.

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Canon’s New Workhorse Camera: The Canon EOS R6 Review

The Canon EOS R6 attempts to reclaim the workhorse camera throne from Sony, and it has more than a fighting chance of winning.

The Canon EOS R6 has been living in the shadow of its bigger brother, the EOS R5, ever since the two cameras were announced earlier this year. Aimed at working professionals, the Canon EOS R6 seems to be slightly underweight compared to its main rivals. Still, this camera, which is powered by the same 20.1MP sensor and DIGIC X processor found in the 1DX III, has a lot of fight in it. Does the EOS R6 have enough about it to make the Sony a7 III, the Nikon Z6, and the Panasonic S1 throw in the towel? Find out in our full review.

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The Nikon Df Was Ahead of Its Time, and Now We Need More Cameras Like it

The Nikon Df was a camera designed for stills and nothing else, and we desperately need more cameras like this now.

Eight years ago, the Canon 5D II hit the streets, and it took the industry by storm, not only for being an excellent stills camera but because it could record professional-grade 1080P video too. Once the 5D II was released, every camera manufacturer did everything they could to make hybrid cameras. In 2013, Nikon saw a gap in the market, and they introduced the photography centric Nikon Df. The Df was underappreciated, overlooked, overpriced, and honestly, poorly marketed, but now photographers are clamoring for this camera. Ask photographers what they want now, and you will find that the desire for more photography-forward cameras, like the Nikon Df, is stronger than ever. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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