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Rebel Ti video-good enough for track?

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Dec 24, 2009 19:00 |  #1

I want to get a video camera to tape my son's upcoming track 110 hurdle races in the spring.Well after looking at some T1i videos on youtube it got me wondering if the video aspect of this camera would be good enough to capture his races.I really only want a camera for his races only but the idea of another body is appealing.So is the video focusing fast enough and is it able to "track" him going down the hurdle race? Are you able to zoom closer as the race unfolds and continue accurate focusing? Anyone here able to chime in on this? I'd appreaciate some feedback from any experianced users of the t1i.

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Dec 24, 2009 20:36 |  #2

The focusing while taking video of action on all DSLR's is sorely lacking vs a dedicated HD camcorder. It won't focus continually from everything I've seen, and it's slow to focus when using the AF-ON button and not well suited for fast moving subjects. That being said, I don't own a DSLR with video, but I have seen many demonstrations and played with the feature a few times at the camera store.

Focusing and zooming manually while tracking fast moving action seems like a nightmare for DSLR video. Even with an IS lens, I'd think camera shake would be awful from the twisting of the zoom alone. Since none of this is automated, you'll pick up the sounds of the IS clicking on the microphone too.

Neat for movie effects and shallow DOF, but not so great for action. I'm not a big fan of the video function currently on DSLR's... but eventually it will be great.


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Dec 24, 2009 22:32 |  #3

You can zoom and focus manually with the T1i during video. With practice this should do a great job of races. I video my children playing soccer.

Autofocus in video mode (and live view) is slow so I suggest you focus manually. Really you just turn the focus as he gets closer to you so it is easy to do. Using a lens like the 100-400L which is a push pull zoom you can adjust the zoom and the focus with the same ring which works really well. Zooms which have separate focal length and focus rings are more difficult to use.

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