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Michael Folorunsho
Re: 60d or xha1?
on Jan 9, 2011 at 8:34:43 pm

Hi Roz,

I wouldn't bother with a DOF adapter. They eat up light, add to your set up time and make your camera front-end heavy. You'd be better off getting a T2i for the money you'd spend on a DOF adapter.

The Canon DSLRs all produce beautiful images, probably better than the A1. However, a few factors you should consider:

AUDIO - Canon DSLRs capture crappy audio. You can control the levels with the 60d but with no headphone jack, you can't monitor the sound the camera is capturing. There are no XLR inputs. So if you care about the quality of audio on your productions, you'll have to invest in an external device. I use a Zoom H4n. Look it up.

LENSES - You'll need fast lenses, probably covering a variety of focal lengths. At the very least you want to start at f/2.8 lenses with some sort of IS (image stabilization). You'll have to decide whether you want the flexibility of using zoom lenses or the better optical quality of primes. Your needs will depend on what you'll be shooting.

WORKFLOW - DV/HDV tapes still have their place. Real time capturing is long and kinda annoying but remember that tapes are super cheap and you have a hard, physical backup of your video. Flash cards are cool, but you'll have to invest more and more into external hard drives to back up all your stuff over time.
Editing can also be a pain. The H.264 video format the DSLRs record in are not edit friendly so you'll probably have to convert it into a another format before you can edit it. Having said that, Premiere CS5 can edit H.264 natively. Depends on what you use to edit.

That's just some stuff you should consider. I haven't even mentioned the overheating issues, aliasing issues and the lack of dynamic range.

All in all, the Canon DSLRs do produce great video, Just don't overlook the cons of the them as I did. Get a 60d if you can afford it but DON'T ditch your A1 just yet. Remember that these DSLRs are STILLS cameras that happen to shoot awesome video. Your A1 is a professional video camera with lots of professional video camera features and controls.

Good luck!

Michael Folorunsho - Videographer & Editor

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