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Old September 30th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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7d, good replacement for sony FX1000?

Hi everyone,

I'm sure i'm not the only one in the wedding business looking for the DSLR look in their wedding video. I bought the sony FX1000 in april and i love the camera, i've switched it from my 3 yrs old FX1 so it's almost the same camera. I don't really have the budget to invest in a 5dmk2 but with the lower price of the 7d , i'm really interested in maybe switching to the dslr world. My question is, since I've always been a solo wedding videographer, is it a possibility to shoot a whole wedding day with a canon 7d?

I would buy a rode mic, extra batteries, battery grip, merlin steadicam (or similar), and maybe a rig for dslr.

Is it a good choice to switch to dslr? I need to mention i would sell my FX1000 to buy the new gear too so I would only have the 7d as a shooting camera.

Has anyone shot a wedding day with only a 5dmk2 (or similar camera) and had good result in every situations?

What would be essential with the camera to replace a real HDV camcorder?
(batteries, audio inputs, mics, eye cup, etc)

Thanks for your suggestions everyone!

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Old September 30th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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I can't recommend using a DSLR for sole coverage of an event like a wedding. I love my 5Ds and use them for everything I can, but if I need to shoot a memorial service or some other uncontrolled, one-time-only event, I reach for the EX1. The 5D excels at controlled action, but its focus and sound limitations make it a difficult choice for event work.

A 7D would make a great 2nd-unit camera, though.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #3
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How would you even make it through a ceremony with a 12 minute limit before you have to power down the camera?
I've shot a lot of weddings, and have wanted to use something like the 7d, but it would have to be a 2nd or 3rd camera. I have a letus extreme, but would never use it as the main rig for a wedding.
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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:48 AM   #4
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Powering down and back up should be no problem...as long as it isn't when there is a never-to-be-repeated moment...and there are often many at weddings...so it could often be a problem! :)

There are many, many problems working in a gun-n-run environment, or news reporting, or weddings etc., when a DSLR is your ONLY equipment for capturing important video footage.

The advice of Bruce and Daniel mirrors my own. The DSLR would be OK if used as a back-up or second camera to use in certain conditions such as for taking some off-the-cuff short video clips in between stills shots when your main FX1000 happens to be still in the bag. But for the main wedding ceremony, stick with the camcorder.
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Old October 1st, 2009, 11:23 AM   #5
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If you really want the DSLR look for an event like that you would want two cameras (or more) with large memory cards. You would have one operator stop/start their recording after six minutes, and then shoot everything to the 12-minute limit to ensure that nothing is missed. Use external audio, so there are never any audio gaps. And then you need a strategy for ensuring adequate focus...

A single DSLR just wouldn't cut it for longer, critical, live events.
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