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your experiences with video modes of the D3S


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ryofu Registered since 19th Mar 2006
Thu 22-Apr-10 05:13 AM

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

Ryofu Pussel