Confessions of a glass addict
Working as a designer / art director, i have always had the need for a decent still camera for my daily work, and the desire to be able to produce video as well. A few years back, i jumped on the chance to buy Sony’s first HD capable camcorder, which set me back quite a bit but i considered it worth it if i could produce video with that professional, cinematic look i craved for my projects.
Turns out that HD really only means a higher definition of the same video quality you get from any camcorder. I guess i should have figured that one out for myself, but, well there you go.
It was recently i started noticing the video samples coming out of video capable DSLR:s, like the Canon EOS 5D mark II and the Canon EOS 7D. I realized that this was the kind of video i had been after all along. I had almost convinced myself to buy a EOS 7D – way to expensive for a still camera, but i figured that if it took super video as well, then… – when reviews started coming in for the Rebel t2i / EOS 550D. Way cheaper than the 7D, but with pretty much the same video capabilities. Having almost convinced myself that i needed a pro camera for my work, the 550D felt like a bargain.
I bought the camera, took some test video with the kit lens, and…. meh. Video, sure, but nothing special.
Disheartened, i felt that i again had dropped a load of money on a piece of equipment that didn’t somehow magically transform me into a master videographer. A few days later, i stumbled on a blog that flatly stated that people who bought a Canon DSLR and not picked up the excellent 50mm 1.8 lens were just plain stoopid. And so, natuarally, i bought myself this piece of glass in a cheap plastic housing. Affixed it to my camera, and… magic. The light, the depth of field, the vibrance… oh my. The only way to travel.
So now i have a new gadget fetish. I’m now a burgeoning glass addict. I’ve borrowed a 30mm Sigma 1.4 lens and the kit lens is now gathering dust in a corner.
Now to combine it with the Glidecam 2000 rig i already own, i have the capability to create some nice panning shots, given that i can master the finicky balancing of the camera.
Another must-have accessory is the Gorillapod DSLR with which you can create a tripod out of whatever is handy. Unlike the Glidecam, which is way bulky, the Gorillapod is eminently portable.
It’s starting to become clear that all the tools i need to create the level of video quality i want are available to me now. Which means I only lack the time and talent to make kick-ass movies.