Thoughts and opinions on DSLR for stills

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  1. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

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    HI Michael

    Can you clarify what you mean by the lenses are image stabilizing? Are they like a floating lens like the Sony 760? Any part numbers or more information you can provide?

    Edit: Is this what you are referring to? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/843009-USA/Canon_5345B002_EF_24mm_f_2_8L_IS.html
    Does this have a floating lens like the Sony 760?
     
  2. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    There's nothing that I'm aware of on a DSLR that has Sony’s BOSS-type stabilization. The 'IS' in Canon's lenses is good, but more for vibrations and very small movements than for true stabilization. The 24/2.8 IS does have stabilization, and that's what I usually use. But optically it's not as clear as some of Canon's 'L' lenses. I prefer the 17-40L for aerials, although it's considerably heavier. But generally I can shoot stills at close to 1/500 of a second at a decent ISO, and that all but cancels any issues. I've even done stills on my CS8 and forgotten to turn on the Radians and it's been fine. I typically set the 5D Mark III to 1/500 at f5.6 and leave the ISO in 'A' mode. Works great. :D
     
  3. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Steve. Do you use the the 5D for video as well? It would be nice to have a camera for both the stills and the video. I think if I kept the two cameras I would need to gimbals as it would be too much hassle going back and forth.
     
  4. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    I am finding the 5D a little tedious for video. I'm going to get a GH3 and try it out for both stills and video. I think it's a better bet for a dual-purpose camera. It has a built-in intervalometer for stills, and is about the best thing out there right now for small-format cameras that do video, including shooting 1080P 60fps at 50mbps.
     
  5. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

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    Steve I have not used a DSLR for a copter yet so I would love to hear why you think the 5D is tedious for video? I'm looking to get as much user feedback as possible.

    thanks
     
  6. Gary Haynes

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    Dave general rule of thumb for cameras, they do one thing very well and the other just so so. If you want great video and really good stills I have some great prints from a RED. Think of it this way. You don't see video on a Hasselblad and you don't see stills on a Sony Alexa.
     
  7. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    It's mostly the lack of higher frame rates. In particular 1080P at 60fps or more.
     

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