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Mark with Canon T3i

We recently upgraded to a Canon T3i to give our blog videos a cinema look.

Stay tuned for a series of brief Fall garden videos we shot today.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by Deb Mon Dec 14 17:20:33 2015

The hardest thing to master with a DSLR for video is focus. Are you planning to get a follow-focus or do it manually on the lens?

Also, you should check out Magic Lantern's firmware hack for the camera. It adds an enormous amount of flexibility and power to the camera platform.

Can't wait to see your work!

Comment by Ken Mon Dec 14 22:17:12 2015

Thank you Deb and Ken,

We shot some of our first DSLR video yesterday and realized the focus is going to take some practice. We've got the 18-55 mm lens and ended up settling for the auto focus for some garden stuff.

Do you have any recommendations for a particular follow focus device?

I've heard about the Magic-Lantern firmware and plan to load it up soon.

Comment by mark Tue Dec 15 09:37:08 2015

Check out Cowboy Studios. Theirs is about the cheapest I've come across, and it looks pretty substantial. You'll need some mounting rails, though. It can get complicated quick!

I mostly use a Zeiss 50mm 1.8 prime I bought off of Ebay for $200. It has a manual focus ring and manual aperture ring, which works great for shooting video with a DSLR. Plus, it's a Zeiss, which looks phenomenal. The manual focus ring is a really long pull, where most of today's photography focus rings are designed for speed. That makes it really hard to dial in focus on the fly.

Let me know what you end up doing.

Comment by Ken Sun Dec 20 10:19:06 2015

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