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Lens & Settings for Video? - Camera strapped to hood driving?

 
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Apr 11, 2015 05:30 |  #1

In at least 4 years, I don't recall ever taking even a minute of video with my T2i, 60D or Mk ii cameras. Not since my old SX1 IS point and shoot. So I'm pure ignorance on video. But I'd like to take a few minutes here and there, driving down the road. Maybe near my brother's property near Castle Crags State Park. But particularly Avenue of the Giants or Howland Hill Rd. through the redwoods. I may just mount or strap my tripod securely to the hood and use my 60D or 5D Mk ii.

Where I feel dead in the water siting here ... what lens should I use? What aperture should I work with? Is there a good general-purpose setting?

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Apr 11, 2015 06:14 |  #2

mdvaden wrote in post #17512853 (external link)
Where I feel dead in the water siting here ... what lens should I use? What aperture should I work with? Is there a good general-purpose setting?

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Heya,

The exposure triangle still applies. The aperture you use should be based on ambient light and depth of field. ISO should be a function of ambient light too here. Your shutter is where things get funny, because video is going to have a slower shutter speed, think around the idea of 1/30s, so in a lot of situations as you can imagine, you'll be overexposing like crazy without stopping down to a tiny aperture and using base ISO. To make things easier, this is where a simple ND filter comes in handy. 6 stops for outdoors is great I find with a F1.4 lens. If shooting at F4 or smaller, a 3 stop will probably do the job for the most part. I would get a set of 3 and 6 stop filters and have the option to use one or both for a set of 3/6 and 9 when stacked. Gives you a lot of control of aperture in day light.

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Apr 11, 2015 12:53 |  #3

This is how I got to thinking about it...

Shutter speed at 2x the FPS (there are lots of articles about why this is the starting point). (1/50 or 1/60)
Aperture balancing creative DOF and minimizing ISO
ISO set for proper exposure. (using 1/3 stops really helps)

The 24-105 with the IS on is a great start for a Video lens, but the same principles apply. Use the lens that gives you the look you want. I feel like video is a little more forgiving on lens quality that are stills.


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Apr 12, 2015 17:23 |  #4

It will be interesting to see how different the video thing is from single image photography.

Especially since the vehicle will be moving.

Shutter speed wasn't even something I considered about video at first.


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Apr 15, 2015 09:12 |  #5

I agree with the 1/50 or 1/60 shutter speed. I might go with your widest angle lens since you're hoping to get the scale of the redwoods.

I'm planning on doing the Redwoods in July. Sounds like a perfect drive for a go-pro with a tripod mount and a suction cup mount. The video it produces is quite good.

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Apr 15, 2015 10:16 |  #6

mdvaden wrote in post #17514606 (external link)
Especially since the vehicle will be moving.
Shutter speed wasn't even something I considered about video at first.

Consider the acid in bug splats too, & put on a protective filter. ; )


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