We have opted to go different routes when building our HD rigs, yet both allow us the flexibility to configure our rigs for each shoot depending on the specific needs of the day. From a complete mobile run-and-gun camera system allowing us the options to follow live action easily to trip-pod mounted and heavily outfitted for studio, these systems can do just about anything.
Our primary video systems work from the idea that modularity is key. The ability to add external batteries for long shooting times, multiple microphones (both wired and wireless) can assist in capturing the variety of sound details, and switching back and forth between off-camera monitoring solutions and EVF-style viewing allows increased options for tracking the event. Everything from simple hand-held devices right up to over-the-shoulder and full stabilized rigs, we are prepared for any situation.
Building around the revered Canon 7D as the core of our primary systems, we have added a collection of lenses to suit just about any need, from ultra-wide angle to high-power telephoto, and everything in-between, including some of the fastest glass available today. Because of this, we are able to capture amazing low-light ambience and high-speed motion visuals just as easily. The ability to change lenses easily, and the wide variety of options available, makes these cameras wonderful building blocks in the cinematographer’s arsenal.
Indoor and low-light photography is accomplished typically by a selction of 24-35mm f1.4-f1.8 lenses (including Canon and Zeiss glass), which yield a beautiful warm image that is brighter than the human eye perceives. Outdoor long lenses range from the classic 70-200 f/2.8 glass right up to a 1000mm behemoth with the ability to bring remote objects right up close and personal.