When I am videoing with my DSLR, I thought that being able to smoothly zoom in and out would be a great feature. I tried this with my kit lens (only lens I have) and all that I get is jerky results. What tool would you guys recommend? With my old camcorder, there was just a zoom "slider" that would produce great results if that gives you an idea on what I would like to do.
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Practice, practice, practice. Seriously.
You can also get a zoom motor and controller, you will need to add rails to your rig to mount it.
(Example, not necessarily recommendation: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxgz3r_zoom-controller-for-dslr-cameras_tech)
A pro zoom lens will set you back thousands, and you'll need an adapter.
My thoughts exactly, smrpix.
Add this to the list of advantages of using a video camera as a video camera.
FWIW, when I shoot DSLR video (pretty regularly,) I just presume a manual zoom aesthetic -- because that's what I'm going to end up with.
Me too. When doing DSLR video, I usually work with primes anyway, to get better resolution & light gathering.
Though I would say there's a world of difference between the zoom capability of a pro video/ecine lens and a consumer cam's lens. So, most consumer cams I wouldn't put much above a dslr+zoom addon.
Or instead of a full DSLR rig, you can buy/adapt/build something like this:
YouŽll still need to practice a lot...
Alright, thanks guys. I'll look into building my own "zoom" ring to attach to the dslr, and if I get no luck with that then maybe I will switch back to my camcorder for those zoom shots. I'm too cheap to buy one of those rigs