your experiences with video modes of the D3S
I have borrowed the D3S in order to try out its video-capabilities. I have studied the user’s manualand did test-shootings, but for the world of it, I cannot figure out the pro's and con's of the two different modes: tripod mode and hand-held mode.
What I mean is, if I need auto-focus during the shot, and I hand-hold, would I be best off with Tripod mode, which also records movies at the selected aperture, which seems like a plus, too. So, now I am lost here: where is the advantage of hand-held mode? And: can I use tripod mode even in hand-held mode? My tests showed that I obviously can, but am I missing here something???
"User's Manual, page 66, Recording Movies: Live View Mode: Tripod: in Modes A and M, movies are recorded at the selected aperture. Hand-held: the camera automatically adjusts aperture in response to changing subject brightness.
Page 67: Focus:… in hand-held mode, auto-focus is not available after recording begins."
Would love to hear feedback from you folks, as I have the camera only for a few days, during which I want to push it to its limits
#1. "RE: your experiences with video modes of the D3S" | In response to Reply # 0jackhx Charter MemberFri 23-Apr-10 03:15 AM
I'm certainly no expert on using the D3s's video capability, but here is what seems to work best for me ... so far:
I use tripod mode whether I'm hand holding or using a tripod. This way I can select anywhere in the frame for a focus point and I can watch it on the screen as I focus. I can also re-focus while shooting a video - although it will be obvious when watching the video that you were focusing. And the contrast detection method of focusing in tripod mode is fairly slow and doesn't work well on a moving subject. I do try to use a tripod or at least a monopod for video to reduce camera movement.
One other thing to control the exposure: when you are in live view, press the OK button to preview the exposure. I use aperture mode to set the aperture I want, and then use the sub-command dial to adjust exposure compensation + or - until the exposure looks right on the monitor. I believe in manual mode you can adjust both shutter speed and aperture.
Those are my thoughts. I'd love to hear from other's experience; I'm definitely in learning mode about video on the D3s.
#2. "RE: your experiences with video modes of the D3S" | In response to Reply # 0Len Shepherd Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003Sun 25-Apr-10 09:28 AM
Regardless of whether you hand hold or put the camera on a tripod Hand Held allows exposure changes if the light changes during recording, but any focusing has to be manual focus.
In tripod mode the camera can AF slowly using any part of the viewfinder area but the camera cannot adjust exposure during recording.
At this stage in the technology it is one or the other but not both. However (there are plenty in video too) as the camera normally records each frame at 1/24 of a second shutter speeds faster than 1/60 are not necessary. In good light at 400 ISO you can often zone focus manually and use an aperture of f16 to avoid the need to adjust focus during recording.
Digressing Live View in tripod mode shows depth of field at the taking aperture without the screen darkening associated with using dof preview at small aperture.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.