I am looking into a D300s for its video capabilities. I read that it does not autofocus during video mode and the aperture does not change once recording starts, so doing quick change perspectives on the fly is not available.
Any comments or thoughts on this? I figured out when messing w/ it in the store that you can stop recording, change the aperture and then begin recording at that aperture setting. This is at least one option, but not ideal.
You are correct about changing the aperture and about autofocus.
If you plan to move about. i.e. change perspective then fitting a true manual focus lens is the best solution. The remaining problem is that it is very difficult to manual focus using handheld Liveview.
Some folk use a strapped on preview screen magnifier and even a shoulder mounted carrier that has a geared drive to the lens barrel.
Frankly even although the D300s video quality is good using the feature is a pain when compared with an HD video camera. Another point is that when using a manual lens you will not have VR available.
With all that said I am pleased that I have the video capability for when the need arises. I certainly would not carry around a video camera "just in case" I needed it.
I uploaded a video (that I took with my D300S) to facebook earlier this week. It was in constant light, constant focal length, and constant focus (so it doesn't address your question), but it was great to have and worked perfectly for this event.
Sat 26-Dec-09 11:41 AM | edited Sat 26-Dec-09 11:44 AM by Beemer2
>>Niko Phil, >> >>In view of your response re my reply post....just how do >YOU >>change perspective (as the OP mentioned) whilst YOU are >using >>tripod mode? > > >Ian: > >As I said, in "tripod mode" it autofocuses and >should adjust for changes in distance or focal length ... it >just isn't very fast in doing so. > >Regards, >- Niko Phil > D300s, 10-20mm Sigma, 16-85mmVR, 18-200mmVR > F4s, 20mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8D, 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D, 80-400mmVR >f/4.5-5.6D
Phil, (sorry I called you Nick in my I think you and Al have misread the original post. Doug was interested in using video while changing PERSPECTIVE. You cannot do this using tripod mode. This is why the hand held focussing is important.
Sat 26-Dec-09 04:07 PM | edited Sat 26-Dec-09 04:10 PM by niko phil
>Phil, (sorry I called you Nick in my > >I think you and Al have misread the original post. Doug was >interested in using video while changing PERSPECTIVE. You >cannot do this using tripod mode. This is why the hand held >focussing is important. > >regards, > >Ian
I must be doing something different then. I was using tripod mode last evening with a group of family friends and started video in one place to capture closeup of a granddaughter playing with a Zhu-Zhu hamster and then turned camera and zoomed back to capture others talking at the other end of the room and pressed the button AF-ON and it autofocused just fine. Video was sharp when viewed on 40 inch LCD.
Regards, - Niko Phil D300s, 10-20mm Sigma, 16-85mmVR, 18-200mmVR F4s, 20mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8D, 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D, 80-400mmVR f/4.5-5.6D
>I am looking into a D300s for its video capabilities. I read >that it does not autofocus during video mode and the aperture >does not change once recording starts, so doing quick change >perspectives on the fly is not available. > >Any comments or thoughts on this?
Go to the Nikon website and download the pdf file of the D300s manual; that way you can discover all the hidden features and answers to your questions in detail.