Category Archives: Filmmaking

8 Reasons Not to Buy a DSLR for Video

DSLR’s, the game-changing family of hybrid cameras are the darlings of the media world. Cheap and capable of eye-catching imagery, they’ve captured the imagination of thousands of would-be (and real life) cinematographers and directors. It seems everyone has a feature in production using the neat little cams which are going to take over Hollywood. But this picture isn’t perfect. Here are 8 reasons not to buy a DSLR for video. 1) Ergonomics – DSLR’s are still cameras first and foremost. Actually, DSLR’s are nothing but still cameras which happen to have a motion mode that makes beautiful HD video. They…

Canon 550d – The Core Kit

With the increasing interest in the affordable Canon 550d, I thought I’d take the time to contribute not to the innumerable reviews, test films, and camera comparisons, but rather to the accessories this and similar VDSLR’s require and benefit from. This discussion will be broken up into components  divided by necessity, camera base, and budget. Many of these pieces will overlap, but in doing so should provide a broad overview of accessories and kits in the VDSLR world. The Budget Core Kit With the release of Canon’s latest video DSLR darling, the Canon 550d/T2i/Kiss X4 depending on your place of…