Question with 5100 and Video...

Started Feb 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
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tmooney New Member • Posts: 16
Question with 5100 and Video...

I am looking at getting a new camera body and I have a question working with it in video mode. I need the body for shooting stills but as a working video professional I have some small personal projects that I would like to shoot with a DSLR to take advantage of my lenses.

Based on most of the posts and review this body is not good for video, manual exposure issues etc. With that in mind I have seen some darn good video shot with this camera.

I am well aware that the Canon 60D is much better for video but my dilemma is that I have a bunch of Nikon lenses already and access to others through a friend who is a working pro.

I would be using it mostly to shoot b-roll under very controlled situations. I may want to use it for some interviews but again, under a controlled situation. I have my own audio recorder so sound is not an issue.

Their is so much info out their and I just want to get a better picture from someone that already has one.

Can you lock in the shutter, ISO and aperture manually and go into the live view to see the actual framing? I wish I could get my hands on one but I don't have a dealer near me.

Better to work an external LCD to monitor exposure?

I have video cameras to use but I was looking for something different and shooting with a DSLR and true depth of field is fascinating to me.

Again, would be working under controlled situations and setups but if this body is totally useless then I may consider a different direction.

I would be satisfied if this body was a stopgap for 6-9 months until a newer DX model appeared with improvements. I hate to ditch all my Nikon stuff.

Thanks in advance.

Canon EOS 60D
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