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Canon EOS Crop Sensor for HD
APS-C sensor cameras including the 80D, 70D, 7D Mk. II, 7D, EOS M and Rebel models for HD video recording.

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Old July 24th, 2010, 03:33 AM   #1
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Make rolling shutter your friend.

One thing that does not cease to amaze me is watching a skilled practitioner at work, in this instance a DP with extensive experience shooting commercials on 35mm motion picture film, quietly and systematically wringing the very most out of the Canon 7D he now owns.

He was shooting a short 15 - 30 second pseudo-commercial and the subject was the local Australian rules football. The lens was a Sigma 50mm - 500mm f4 - f6.3 zoom. The object was to make the players and the game look as frenetic and fast paced as it could be with close framing and fast shutter.

Skew from rolling shutter is the achilles heel of these cameras and in that arrangement was there in spades.

So he dutched the camera. The skew became converted to part of the creative process. In a pan follow of the players in one direction skewed verticals become close to aligned with the frame edge. In the other direction they are so far out of whack as to be part of the whole intended abstraction.

What comes out in post will be the truth telling. Maybe it will work, maybe not but it will be interesting to see

This is the difference between somebody like me who counts his blessings if he manages to actually frame the shot and the DP extending a practiced art beyond boundaries.

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