Re: [ECP801] What Cameras are the pros using??
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Pretty much everyone is going to say use a Canon or perhaps a Nikon. That is simply because that is what they know and use.
For Rock Climbing videos LT11 is pretty good and they have used Canon products at every event I have been to. However, Andrew Kornylak and Chuck Fryberger have definitely produced the best climbing footage I have ever seen.
Andrew posts on this forum sometimes and he has stated before that he uses Nikon cameras. Not sure what he is using now. You can check his website to see if it lists his equipment.
As far as mirrorless goes I think those guys have used some mirrorless cameras before. Probably a hacked Panasonic GH2. However, I don’t think they use any mirrorless cameras as their main cameras.
I use a Panasonic GH3 for casual climbing “Home” videos. Simply put the GH3’s continuous autofocus during video is what sets it apart. For theatrical movies you would never want to use autofocus because you can control the scene and auto focusing is not a strong suite of the traditional video cameras.
However, for live action one take shots a good auto focus is essential.
I use a 35-100mm F2.8 Panasonic lens on my GH3 and shoot mostly indoor low light videos. Here are a couple of examples from this year’s indoor ABS youth Nationals. This was shot entirely handheld with Auto Focus in 1080p @ 60 FPS.
The focus pulls are done simply by touching the LCD screen and changing the focus point. It couldn’t be simpler than that.
There is a new mirrorless Micro Four Thirds solution coming out from Black Magic that is extremely small and shoots 1080p @ 24 FPS RAW footage with 13 stops of dynamic range for $1000. It pretty much is said to be the Holy Grail of portable cinema video cameras. It even is rumored to have auto focus for m4/3s lenses. I will believe that when I see it. If this camera turns out to meet expectations I can see a lot of people switching to it.