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What does the Fiddlerman use to record videos?
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Fiddlerman said

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Pierre,

I know that a lot of YouTubers, that choose to go with higher quality cameras, choose to use the Canon Rebel T3i or T4i.  For the price, those seem to be the most popular DSLR cameras in use.  Really good price point though honestly.

That is interesting. I just started using my wives second camera, Nikon 7100, connected to an external Tascam recorder with a pair of perfect matching AKG C214's.

One of the things that bother me is that it auto focuses often and fast which is disturbing. You get the effect that someone is zooming in and out real quickly at times. I tried the different autofocus settings and they all do the same thing. The only solution I have is to manually focus which doesn't leave me much freedom to stand wherever I want. The lens that I'm using now is an 18 - 105 zoom lens but I'm thinking a fixed wide angle lens could be better...... Any thoughts?

I'll check out the Canon Rebels.

Well, I know with the T3i, T4i and T5i, like most DSLRs, are manual focus. They are a bit more limiting than a camera that auto-focuses, but I don't recall a video you have made that has you shifting the depth of your shot (unless you were trying to show a close-up). Honestly, the times you were/are trying to do close-ups would be a DLSRs bread-and-butter.

 

Just record you video, record the close-ups you want separately, and cut and splice in post-production, would show up a lot cleaner :)

 

I'm up and down about auto focus cameras. Seems like only the mirrorless are good, and you're going to pay $800 at the bottom end to get started with one.

 

As far as the lens goes, seems most just use a solid 50mm around 1.8 or higher.

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Bobby said 

............... I don't recall a video you have made that has you shifting the depth of your shot (unless you were trying to show a close-up). 

I do demo recordings of our Fiddlerman Approved violins and the more expensive violins as well. We have over 400 of them and started doing this less than a year ago. Without spending time to look for anything special here is a typical example of what I am referring to.

Not all videos done recently are done using the Nikon and I tried something new recently, manually focusing and marking the spot where I stood for easy reference without the need of a third person to make the shoot. Therefor it's not super easy to find those videos.

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I'd say that was a great example. This is what we see most often in your videos. In this case those you didn't do any close-ups. The quality of video for the one you posted really isn't that bad. If you're still wanting to upgrade to the modern 1080p quality being used today (there can be a quality difference even among 1080p cameras) then I would still suggest the Canon T3i. For the money (I believe they are around $500) they offer the best quality for the money, and the quality is very easily comparable to the more expensive cameras out there. A good 18-50mm lens should do most, if not all, of what you need. I would think then one you have now would be fine. But yea, if you're thinking of upgrading to a more professional quality camera I couldn't recommend the T3i high enough for the price point. You could of course buy more expensive cameras, but really, the T3i will do nearly anything you could want. You could look at the various versions though (T4i, T5i) they may offer a feature or two that the T3i may not have that you want, price goes on up though of course.

I have to imagine you use a condenser mic of some sort with an audio interface for recording the violin itself. It should go without saying the the audio quality on any of the cameras (t3i included) is just not that good.

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I'm currently using a Tascam recorder as an interface with two AKG C214's when recording with the Nikon.

I'm realizing that unless I have a helper the SLR cameras are not convenient as far as seeing and adjusting what I'm filming though. I would want an external monitor or something to make it more convenient. 

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FWIW, the DSLR that blew apart the issues with focus and auto-focus with regards to movie-making was the Canon 70D.  I had one and can unreservedly recommend it.  I do some low budget film-making, and it absolutely changed the kinds of shots we could do - all of a sudden, we could do long tracking hand-held shots and not worry at all about focus.

I've now moved to a Panasonic GH3 (for a variety of reasons) but the 70D is where it's at for autofocus and relatively cheap movie-making...

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