Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Video Time!

Having tried the K-7 a few times in video mode, holding it at arm's length and squinting at the rear LCD screen, I have decided that it's time to get serious about video, which means buying some proper kit.

After a lot of research I have come up with the following video outfit:

  • Opteka shoulder mount
  • Seagull LCD Viewfinder
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 9
I went for the Seagull LCD viewfinder rather than the LCDVF product, because the Seagull has a dioptre adjustment for spectacle wearers.

OK - the kit has now arrived. The shoulder mount seems very well made - nicely machined and anodised alloy parts, and it screwed together very easily. Once slight snag - the tripod screw which secures the camera to the mouth reaches the end of its travel before the camera is tight on the mount. A couple of layers of gaffer tape on the mount sorted that out, and also introduced an element of padding for the camera to bed onto.

The mounting frame for the Seagull LCD VF is now on the camera, weighed down by a couple of books, and I will now wait for "hours" as advised by the leaflet before attempting to clip the viewfinder to it.

I will install Premiere while I am waiting...

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