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August 06, 2008


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Graham Stewart

Well that would at least stop the "What a mug"-looks that I get when someone asks me to take a video and I have to explain that my huge fancy-schmancy camera doesn't do that.

"But even my phone camera takes video."

I got a similar look when I tried to explain that I couldn't use the screen to compose my shots.

I think these people may be what drives such changes.

Seb Rogers

Ah yes. The old 'if it walks like a duck...' rule of thumb employed by the hoi polloi in all matters technology-related.

Reminds me of the time a few years ago, before I'd managed to make the sums for a switch to digital add up, when I was trying to explain this fact to a client on a friend's mountain bike skills course. He looked at me in genuine astonishment. 'But you can get a digital camera for £300...'

The case for the prosecution rests, m'lud ;-P


i recall reading that sports photographers at big events have a media pass that allows for stills only.

now if this was/is true then it would seem unlikely that a pro sports camera, be it either canon or nikon would include video as there would be the possibility a pro shooter wouldn't be able to use it.

Seb Rogers

I don't think either Canon or Nikon is likely to pay much attention to red tape that may or may not cause a problem for a small proportion of their potential customers. If pro dSLRs with video become the norm, press passes will have to accommodate that fact.

What will be interesting is how built-in video will be used. As I alluded to above, shooting techniques - from composition to focus and use of shutter speed - are different between stills and video. A good videographer can adapt to stills and vice versa, but it'll be fascinating to see what kind of footage photographers get - and how it's used.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The 1DIV isn't out yet ;-)

Joe Adnan

>shooting techniques - from composition to focus and use of shutter speed - are different between stills and video

Too right, no verticals in video, as my missus found out when she shot video for the first time!

Seb Rogers

No verticals in video is part of it, but I was thinking more about the way (for example) that a good vidoegrapher won't just hose the scene down (in classic 'you've been framed' fashion), but instead will shoot a handful of different angles that will stitch together later - general views, long shots, close ups, cutaways...

In some ways this is a variation on the way that editorial photographers already work, but it's different to the way most people take still images.

None of which will matter to the vast majority of D90 owners, of course... I'm just pontificating on where all this might be leading for working pros :)


Will be interesting to see the final specs. Might plump for one of these and a lens or flash instead of save for the D300.

Seb Rogers

I'd hazard a guess that the main areas the D90 will lose out to the D300 are speed (frame rate, shutter lag, mirror blackout), AF (fewer areas, less flexible) and build quality (chassis, weather sealing).

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