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| p.1 #8 · D800 or D600 for video? |
I owned the D600 then moved up to the D800. I'm coming from shooting as a video journalist for the military with Canon FF DSLRs, so I gave Nikon a shot.
I heard good things, saw lots of videos that seemed great.
After banging my head trying to mimic my shooting style on Canon DSLRs, I now realize that will not work.
I prefer to shoot my b-roll and interviews in Manual mode, with the shutter speed at 1/50th, my aperture at f/1.4-2 for interviews, 2.8-5.6 for b-roll, and here's the big difference--AUTO ISO.
I set the limit of Auto ISO to 3200 and call it a day. These cameras do not have auto ND, so auto ISO is essential.
I spoke to a few Nikon reps here in Japan and they are insistent that Nikon has intentionally left out the auto ISO feature on PURPOSE. I don't get it!?
Sure, I can waist more time installing and adjusting vari-NDs that will make me miss critical shots that aren't allowed to be staged or reshot, since I'm a journalist.
I'm loving the D800's sharpness and image quality as a still camera, but the lack of this one feature makes a huge difference to me.
Other things like focus peaking, zebra stripes, compression and codec options would be nice, but I can manage.