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Old July 24th, 2013, 04:33 AM   #1
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C300 - Extreme documentary profile of C300

I've just read this article about the use of the C300 in extreme documentary production over on NewsShooter (previously DSLR News Shooter)

Mat Gallagher is in conversation with cameraman Jerry Ricciotti and DP Jake Burghart who use the C300 to acquire material for the HBO series Vice.

It really gets into what's good and bad about working with the C300.

Extreme Documentary: How Vice puts the Canon C300 through its paces
News Shooter | Making the real world look as good as cinema
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Old July 24th, 2013, 08:31 PM   #2
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Enjoyed the article. Thanks. I have one question: DP Jake Burghart mentions that one of the reasons he enjoys working with the C300 is because he can read the focal distance and focal length on the screen - JB says "Using Canon zoom lenses on the C300 means iris control is on your handgrip, and my focal distance and focal length are on the screen."
Am I missing something? I've been using the C300 for months now and being able to read the focal length and focal distance in the viewfinder would be awesome. Frankly, It's something I miss from the Sony EX1/EX3 line. Is there a simple switch or something that I missed in the C300 menu?
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Old July 25th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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Hi Matt,

Sure you can get this info on your screen.You need to go into the menu - LCD/VF setup and then go down to the Custom display and choose which items you want to appear on the screen.

There is a setting for focal length and Iris etc etc
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Sorry. I should've been more specific. I meant the original reference to "focal distance." The EX1/EX3 had a nice option in the viewfinder whereby it would give a numerical reference as to a range of what was actually in focus in feet or metres. I found it useful for verifying focus in run&gun situations - especially in bright situations where the image in the viewfinder wasn't that great.
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