Hey guys, I have a 5D mk II and while I love it for pictures, I am struggling to get good video out of it. I currently only have a 50 1.2 L and a 85 1.2 mk II L lens. All my video show too much movement. Without getting into a full blown prof. setup, should I buy the 24-105 L IS lens instead for video? Does the IS really help to get more stable video? I was also considering getting the 24 II 1.4 L ...
-Get a monopod - done
-Buy the 24-105 L IS lens
- Buy a tripod with a video head - this is less flexible in terms of taking video on the spot...
- Invest in a redrock type rig (though I still think I would need a new IS lens for this one)...
The more practical option I see is option 1, but would it yeild better video? Should I just use the monopod with my existing lens?
Thanks in advance for all the response.
There's no substitute for IS, it's pretty much a must have for doing video. I have both the 24-105mm L IS USM F/4 and 70-200mm L IS USM F/4, I prefer the latter because it gives longer range and blows out the background really nice.
Monopod, quick set up, but not great for extended recording. If you're not paying attention, you won't notice your camera isn't level. Even when you're paying attention it's difficult to keep the camera level.
Tripods are the best if the environment allows for them, the heavier tripods are the better ones to get, but more expensive. As for fluid video heads, they can range anywhere from hundreds to thousands. If you decide to get a camera rig, external monitor, follow focus, matte box, you won't be doing that on a monopod.
Should you invest in a redrock bundle, depends on what sort of filming your planning to do. If it's going to be mostly handheld, those bundles are cheaper. If it's going to be a shoulder mounted or tripod necessary set up your're going to pay a lot more. You might want to check out the Edelkrone website - formally known as Handyfilmtools - and check their prices out and compare it Redrock. I can't tell you what they are because they require a login to see them.