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Old June 6th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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Z7 short wildlife clip

Here is a short clip I got using the Z7 and a 400mm still Nikon lens.
No tweaking - straight from the camera. These are 2 short sequences stitched together.

PAL, 1080i, 25p, 1/50, -6 Gain

As can be expected it looks much nicer on a big HD Sony monitor.

This was taken from about 20 meters or so (just guessing).

Any advice as to how I can improve this are greatly appreciated.

http://www.vimeo.com/1127928?pg=tran...il&sec=1127928

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Old June 6th, 2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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Improve it? You're kidding, right?

Very impressive...
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Old June 6th, 2008, 11:03 PM   #3
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Improve it? You're kidding, right?

Very impressive...
Thanks for the kind words Brian! I am a real beginner in video making although I do have some experience in wildlife stills photography. I am working on a documentary about these lovely bats and I need all the advice I can get as to how to make everything right in order to be able to sell this doco to the big names.
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Waw! Fantastic.
I bought a V7 yesterday, so I'm very interested in telephoto lenses: which aperture has the 400 and which adapter did you use?
BTW: Only one minor problem when I view the clip: everything is upside down... :-)
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Old June 7th, 2008, 03:13 AM   #5
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Waw! Fantastic.
I bought a V7 yesterday, so I'm very interested in telephoto lenses: which aperture has the 400 and which adapter did you use?
BTW: Only one minor problem when I view the clip: everything is upside down... :-)
Thanks Luc! Its an old manual focus Nikon 400 f3.5 ED AIS - really a superb lens.
I use the Mike Tapa's adapter - http://www.mtfservices.com

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Old June 7th, 2008, 08:00 AM   #6
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Wow that looks good!
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Old June 9th, 2008, 12:11 AM   #7
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WOW, thanks for posting! Please post anything else you'd wish, I'm sure many people will enjoy seeing what this camera can do.

I hope to be posting some of my footage soon, although I have really only been testing out the camera so far so I don't have any great footage.

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What are you looking to improve?

The only thing that I can think of is it looked a little shakey (but I'm guessing the bats & the trees were both moving in the wind). All I can think is buy the best tripod head you can. Telephoto at those legnths w/ video you want a real high quality head w/ extensive drag settings. Being able to pan & tilt smoothly is tough at those legnths & impossible on cheap sticks.
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WOW, thanks for posting! Please post anything else you'd wish, I'm sure many people will enjoy seeing what this camera can do.

I hope to be posting some of my footage soon, although I have really only been testing out the camera so far so I don't have any great footage.



What are you looking to improve?

The only thing that I can think of is it looked a little shakey (but I'm guessing the bats & the trees were both moving in the wind). All I can think is buy the best tripod head you can. Telephoto at those legnths w/ video you want a real high quality head w/ extensive drag settings. Being able to pan & tilt smoothly is tough at those legnths & impossible on cheap sticks.
Thanks for the comment Zach!

I use decent tripod and tripod head for the job (Miller carbon fibre and Vinten Vision 3) the shot is absoulutly shake free as I wasn't touching the camera or handle. The movement of the bats is what causing the effect you see.
I do have a lot more footage but I will have to leave something for the doco itself...(-;
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Thanks for the comment Zach!

I do have a lot more footage but I will have to leave something for the doco itself...(-;
well then let us know when the doco is done!

watching it again I can see that all the movement isn't coming from the camera, but I did figure out what you could improve on. the dialogue. people like talkies & here you have two bats saying NOTHING. what is with that? make sure you fix it before distribution.

what fstop were you shooting on? did you use an external monitor to focus? was this shoot in 1080i60, or 1080p24, or 1080p30?

thanks again for posting & making me more eager to recive my adapter from the UK
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well then let us know when the doco is done!

watching it again I can see that all the movement isn't coming from the camera, but I did figure out what you could improve on. the dialogue. people like talkies & here you have two bats saying NOTHING. what is with that? make sure you fix it before distribution.

what fstop were you shooting on? did you use an external monitor to focus? was this shoot in 1080i60, or 1080p24, or 1080p30?

thanks again for posting & making me more eager to recive my adapter from the UK
HI Zach,
The info is in the beginning of this thread.
I didn't use an external monitor. I didn't even use the camera's LCD. Using the viewfinder in B&W works best for me.
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