I’ve been getting more than a few emails asking what I’m carrying these days in my Jekyll and Hyde persona as videographer with the D7000 (so which one is the videographer you ask?…why the monstrous Mr. Hyde, of course!)
Basically, I’m trying not to change too much from my still setup, but I am finding that there are different requirements for videos that make a slight variation on the lens kit desireable for me.
Take the above video, for instance. I
I’m following up on my local “New Hope: In Character” print project with a video project I’m calling “Bucks County: In Character.” Instead of portraits, I’m shooting short video vignettes on some of my more interesting neighbors whenever I’m home and “between engagements.”
You can see what I usually carry in the bag for stills here.
Here’s the lens kit for video…so far.
35mm f/1.8 Nikon-–still small, light, cheap and very sharp….a delight to carry!
16-85mm VR Nikon–my wideangle workhorse
70-300mm VR Nikon–my tele workhorse
Nothing different here…but wait….
10.5mm Nikon—At various times during my career, I’ve fallen in and out of love with a full frame fisheye lens, like this one. I haven’t been using one for many moons in still work, but for video, somehow I find it much, much more useful, and less obvious.
85mm f/3.5VR Macro Nikon—Up until a month ago, I had never owned a macro lens! Yes, it’s true, I just never had the need for one, and when I wanted to shoot the rare closeup, I’d use some extension tubes or a screw on, dual element closeup filter. But I had a chance to play with one on a recent shoot for Nikon and I fell in love with its tiny size, sharpness, and responsive handling.
So, since I find that I’m doing so many ECU’s (videospeak for “extreme close up”) and closeups for video that the tiny, sharp, DX only 85mm macro has pushed out the 85mm f/1.8 that is my usual prime in that range. If shooting in really low light, though, I’d take both, or maybe even the big 85mm f/1.4.
11-16mm f/2.8 Tokina—Yes, this has supplanted my 12-24 f/4 Nikon. It’s a full stop faster, slightly wider, and less fussy (sometimes my 12-24 looked great, sometimes…not so great).
For the Costume Barn, I used every lens but the 70-300mm, plus I used the audio kit to do the interview.
It all fits, along with my Hoodman HoodLoupe, Litepanel MicroPro light and assorted chatchkes in my Lowepro Outback 300AW Modular Beltpack. The audio kit goes in a vest pocket or in the tripod bag.
On the backshop end, someday,when I grow up, I really hope to be able to learn Final Cut. But in the meantime, I’m making due with iMovie 11…so simple, even I can do it!