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Old January 1st, 2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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I don't know how many UWOLers have been thinking about one of those new DSLRs that shoot honest-to-goodness 24p or 30p HD video on a card that can hold up to an hour of footage. They have up to 18 mb sensors and cost a lot less than an XLH1, for example. I know I have been. The main drawback seems to be motion artifacts if anything moves faster than a snail, but the still photo guys are going gaga with their new-found toy. There is a site where these videos can be shown and critiqued, just like stills have always been.

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The motion artifacts are definitely real. Look at the clips of Barred Owl and Red-tailed Hawk. Is this modality ready for prime time wildlife shooting yet?
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Old January 13th, 2010, 02:16 AM   #2
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I did get the 7D... I think that it will work fine for my type of stuff. I don't do any 60 min film (yet)... I don't got a UW housing for it now, but soon...

here is a test I did to se how it handels constant movement in the background... I think it works well...

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Old January 14th, 2010, 03:55 AM   #3
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Thanks for those interesting clips. Did you do the slow motion in camera or in post?
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Old January 14th, 2010, 07:32 AM   #4
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I shot the slomo in 50p with a shutter speed of 50 and in post slowed it down to 40-50%, I think works...
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Old January 14th, 2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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Markus: Whew! I am a simple civilian when it comes to movie making, but Markus, your little film had me Googling the D7. I've got about six, tiny, HD cams that I've been using to make grips for my kite surfing .. a G9 and a 10D for stills, but the D7 - tho' not able to hang off a kite - could stimulate me to do something better than I am doing now.

While doing the search there was another example that looked (to this civilian) as if could have been shoulder-shot ..
Again, to my limited exposure; these two 'films' look fantastic. Good for you.

My favorite part of your film was the closeups of the Phragmites .. the weeds in the marsh. I am the proud, ahem, owner of about four acres (2 hectares) of these. The movement of the swan's head and neck also stays in your head.

Nicely done. Thanks for the look.

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