While my beard gets longer and grayer in the wait for the delivery of the Nikon D7000, there are a couple of things I’m learning about DSLR video; resolution, beautiful bokeh, and high ISO performance notwithstanding, that give me pause when I think of it in terms being a one-man travel-shooting band.
you can, um, intimidate your subjects.
In the case of the above video, which is a little travel piece I extracted out of a larger shoot I did recently in Senegal documenting the work of some doctors over there, my subjects at the fishmarket, all armed with sharp knives and no real patience for photographers, would not have been intimidated at all.
No, they would have had my guts for garters!
This was a classic situation where you had to shoot and move, and shoot and move quickly before anyone took umbrage with your presence.
And if you don’t think that’s hard to do while you’re on a tripod, think again.
But at least I had a tiny tripod and a small non-professional looking camera…a little Sanyo Xacti HD 2000. It weighs six ounces and it looks like this:
Don’t be fooled. It shoots 1080P30 (and 60) FPS video (although I shot it at 720p30FPS). It has a lot of manual control and does a wonderful job for what it is. But it won’t give you the sweet, sweet bokeh of a fast prime on a DSLR with a nice big APS-C sensor.
On the other hand, it doesn’t need a Rube Goldberg-esque rig to frame, focus, and shoot either!
And it won’t get you a filet knife in the kidneys.
And, at least in my book, there are times when that’s even more important than good bokeh!