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7D Video. How do you keep it focused?

 
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Mar 30, 2012 02:42 |  #16

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Just practice Hitchcock zooms over and over again and you should have no problem following focus after a while... you may need an extra hand to do this depending on your lens, but fun non the less.

Huh? No offense, that's horrible advice. Just learn to focus. Basics first, then gradually ramp up the complexity. Hitchcock zoom is an extremely specialized move that you'll maybe use once, if ever. Not only that but it requires a dolly, something I doubt the op has, or has ever used. It's also an extremely complex thing to pull off requiring a camera operator, focus puller, zoom puller, and dolly grip.

Or maybe you were just trolling and I'm too tired to tell. Or alternatively, you're referring to something that is in fact not actually the "hitchcock zoom"


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Mar 30, 2012 03:12 |  #17

gibsonla wrote in post #14179381 (external link)
Huh? No offense, that's horrible advice. Just learn to focus. Basics first, then gradually ramp up the complexity. Hitchcock zoom is an extremely specialized move that you'll maybe use once, if ever. Not only that but it requires a dolly, something I doubt the op has, or has ever used. It's also an extremely complex thing to pull off requiring a camera operator, focus puller, zoom puller, and dolly grip.

Or maybe you were just trolling and I'm too tired to tell. Or alternatively, you're referring to something that is in fact not actually the "hitchcock zoom"

It was a joke. Basically do debatably one of the hardest pulls you can enough times and eventually the easy ones wont be a problem anymore. Sorry the sarcasm is lost in the text.

While my original post was a joke the message behind it isn't.... Practice makes perfect. Keep taking videos and work on focusing eventually you will really start to get it. It's just too bad that autofocus lenses are terrible to manually focus so it will be pretty difficult at first.

Good luck.


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Mar 30, 2012 03:20 |  #18

i can autofocus on my 5d II in video...Its not ideal but its still auto.


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Mar 30, 2012 03:29 |  #19

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i can "autofocus" on my 5d II in video...Its not ideal but its still auto.

fixed.

You mean you can do contrast detect on the liveview feed. Which has no similarities to what your camera does to focus when the mirror is down.


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Mar 30, 2012 03:40 |  #20

well i hold the back af button, and when i do it drops the focus then adjusts from there. Im not sure what its officially called but it makes my videos sharp :)


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Mar 30, 2012 03:56 |  #21

That would be the Quick Autofocus mode which works well but prohibits being able to focus and record at the same time.

There is also the contrast detection mode which adjusts focus until it has determined there is sufficient contrast in the live view box. This can be used while recording. And finally there is a facial recognition mode that can be used while recording but I think that's probably slowest of the 3 and 100 times slower then using your left hand to move the ring on the lens a fraction of a turn.


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Mar 30, 2012 12:13 |  #22

kjj512 wrote in post #14179445 (external link)
It was a joke. Basically do debatably one of the hardest pulls you can enough times and eventually the easy ones wont be a problem anymore. Sorry the sarcasm is lost in the text.

And that's why I shouldn't read forums at 1am in the morning ><


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Apr 01, 2012 22:25 |  #23

Well, reading forums at 1am and being drunk off your ass is even worse!

Not that I would know anything about that...

Ok, maybe once. But I'm sure I was totally hilarious and super cool. ;)


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Apr 02, 2012 09:15 |  #24

C_Heath31 wrote in post #14138745 (external link)
that really sux.

This is how all original film was made using the practice of original film cameras and a sharp eye to follow focus with manual lenses.




  
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Apr 03, 2012 10:42 |  #25

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This is how all original film was made using the practice of original film cameras and a sharp eye to follow focus with manual lenses.

Its STILL how all major motion pictures are made. Pretty much all cine lenses dont have AF.


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Apr 03, 2012 12:25 |  #26

Obviously more for amateur video but if shots of the kids and stuff is your thing and you don't want to invest in accessories to shoot video, you might consider the 60D. The articulating screen makes focusing much easier as you can hold the camera a lot closer to your body. I basically flip the screen out and angle up towards my eye, hold the camera above my belly button and brace against my body. One hand on camera, other hand works focus or vari ND filter. A lens with a wide and smooth focus ring helps as well.

Or I use the old HV20!


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Apr 06, 2012 15:15 |  #27

(I haven't read the rest of the post here, just responding to the first post)

1. Go with Nikon or Sony if you want continuous autofocus, although the noise from the lens will be a drag. So make sure you get a model where you can plop a rode videomic (with microphone input).
2. You can practice on your manual focusing skills. I shot a lot of short YouTube vids at thin depth of field and I learned quickly.

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Apr 08, 2012 23:57 |  #28

if you are not needing shallow dof just throw on a wide angle lens and use a small aperture shouldn't have to focus much at all.




  
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Apr 09, 2012 07:37 |  #29

I was hoping I could just hit the "make me an award winning movie" button on my 5D3, but alas I couldn't find it. :)


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Apr 09, 2012 14:44 |  #30

Kechar wrote in post #14234445 (external link)
I was hoping I could just hit the "make me an award winning movie" button on my 5D3, but alas I couldn't find it. :)

That's on the 1DX! ;) :p :rolleyes:


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