Ok, this is a still camera question, not motion.... but I'm betting some of you guys will know this anyway...
I puzzled about this before a few years ago, but not enough to do more than a bit of Googling to no avail... but now it's really bugging me.
Every now and then on Craig Ferguson's "The Late Late Show" on CBS you'll see a glimpse of whom I assume is the show's official stills photographer. She wags around this GIGANTIC camera that looks like the lunchbox you had in 6th grade painted black with a big lens glued right to the side. Maybe I've been living in a cave, but I've never seen anything like it.
On last night's show she came down onto the stage to snap pics of Craig and Tom Hanks, where she had two of them.... she shot with one and had what appeared to be an identical one slung across her shoulder...
So what the heck IS this thing? As I show in the picture, you can read "Digital" on one of the camera straps but little else... and the cameras literally look like black plastic boxes almost completely devoid of any features, buttons, or controls... save for the bigass lens sticking out of it.
Or... could it be some kinda of sound barney for a more pedestrian DSLR so she can snap away during the show?
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Smirking yet again at all the extra things you have to add to DSLRs to make them work the same as dedicated video cameras. How do you add the speed rails, pistol grips, monitor brackets, viewfinder extensions, focus whips, and matte boxes and French Flag over the blimp? :-P
(Just poking a little good-natured fun here, but still, it does make you think)