Building the Ultimate Video Camera System – Part 1

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to my video related posts, then you know I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use my Nikon D800 DSLR as a video camera.

To refresh. . . A DSLR camera is designed primarily for taking photos, and it’s great at doing so! But, for taking videos – though the results are fantastic – a DSLR is awkward to hold and use. Correcting that isn’t all that hard per se – but what is hard is achieving that while spending the least amount of money.

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DSLR Video Monitor

After a few days of using the LCD hood loupe Attachment on my DSLR, I’ve reluctantly come to the sad conclusion that it just isn’t quite good enough to reliably achieve accurate focus on videos when focusing the camera manually. Obviously, when using auto-focus this isn’t an issue because the camera takes care of that all by itself. But auto-focus can be “jerky” with a lot of bouncing in and out of focus before it locks on, so I’ll only be using auto-focus when it’s necessary – plus auto-focus can be noisy in otherwise quiet situations!

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