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Old January 5th, 2016, 10:25 AM   #1
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New Year's Resolution?

I always take my steadicam to weddings and hardly ever get it out. Lack of confidence and not having a dedicated camera (causes me a little stress when time is tight) is the reason. I'm using my winter down time to practice-practice-practice!!! I take it now on every daily dog walk and film my little border collie - she's so embarrassed!!!!

I intend to get it out and use it at every single wedding next season!
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Old January 6th, 2016, 06:16 PM   #2
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Aren't you glad we don't have to introduce ourselves to each other the way dogs do?

I don't do New Year resolutions because in my entire life I've never kept one.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 06:57 PM   #3
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My New Year's Resolution is for everyone else in the world to get their act together.
There are far too many people just going through life in an existence.

Imagine the UTOPIA if people could just give another 10% and stop eff-ing up.

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Old January 6th, 2016, 11:18 PM   #4
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Good idea Pete

The great Charles Papert posted a phrase once that inspired me as it was "Every time I use the stedicam I find out that I suck a little less" ...(and he is a master!!)

The more you use it, the easier it becomes and when the next wedding comes up you will find that you will see a huge improvement!

Maybe toss us a bit of footage once Spring arrives???

Chris
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Old January 7th, 2016, 03:14 AM   #5
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Lack of confidence and not having a dedicated camera
You definitely need a dedicated camera on a steadicam during weddings so it becomes a grab and go device.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 08:26 AM   #6
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That's my plan Noa - I'm getting the new A7s II and relegating my old one to my Merlin with a 16mm lens and wide adapter - I'll keep it on hand from the reception onwards and force myself to use it :)
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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:33 PM   #7
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Not to point my camera at lasers. This results in a broken sensor.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 11:10 PM   #8
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To attach a toy water gun next to my camera. So anyone gets in front of me gets the squirt.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 08:00 AM   #9
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Good idea Pete

The great Charles Papert posted a phrase once that inspired me as it was "Every time I use the stedicam I find out that I suck a little less" ...(and he is a master!!)

The more you use it, the easier it becomes and when the next wedding comes up you will find that you will see a huge improvement!

Maybe toss us a bit of footage once Spring arrives???

Chris
Not off to the best start - kids belting around at weddings always seem to be asking to be steadicam fodder so I thought I'd practice a little angled down running - oops!! No sympathy from the dog though!

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Old January 8th, 2016, 09:02 AM   #10
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Hey Peter, where did he bite you ?
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Old January 8th, 2016, 09:22 AM   #11
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To attach a toy water gun next to my camera. So anyone gets in front of me gets the squirt.
A taser is more effective + you get some great bloopers in that way.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 11:42 AM   #12
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A taser is more effective + you get some great bloopers in that way.
Wouldn't we all love to use it during that "Watch me whip... watch me nene" song ;)
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Old January 9th, 2016, 09:34 AM   #13
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Wait... did you say 16mm AND wide angle adapter???

I find that they are great for a few 'wow' shots, but that they are also great for guest footage.

Just walk around the tables at the meal etc... If you are lucky.. people will wave or give a thumbs up. Brides love that stuff, and very easily, you have covered more of your timeline in edit!
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Old January 9th, 2016, 06:12 PM   #14
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I use the sony 16mm on the a7s which puts it into aps-c mode giving a fov equal to 24mm full frame - i like a little wider for dramatic effect so use the sony .75x adapter
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Old January 10th, 2016, 01:15 PM   #15
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I understand!

I also have used the 16mm in aps-c mode, but no wide adapter. I recently bought the 28mm just for the f2 even though it's not as wide.

I'm finding though that the 16mm in apsc was performing better in terms of continuous autofocus.

I *think* it may be a little spoke of advantage of the a7rii actually. Totallyoff topic here, but I wonder if the way more focus points on the a7rii makes video autofocus much better.

You dont often see it tested on youtube, but more and more gimbal/steadycam users are dabbling with autofocus.

Still not quite there sometimes for me, but I'm persisting regardless!
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