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Old Aug 3, 2013, 9:08 AM   #1
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After considering the following:
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, and the Canon T2i... I have settled on the T2i.
My primary use for this camera will be shooting video footage. I would appreciate any advice about lenses for taking video shots. My goal is also to keep the camera as light as possible. I also need some sort of stability arm that allows me to walk, or run slightly, while filming.
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Old Aug 4, 2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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All those cameras can do video, none of them are very good at it as their primary design is to shoot still images.
None of the ones you are looking at can manage AutoFocus with any decency while shooting video.
And they all have a 4 gig file size limit for video files, that is about 12 minutes at 1080P, with a maximum continuous clip length of 29 minutes 59 seconds.

As for steadycams, they are fairly expensive items, even the new Tiffen Solo is slated to hit the market at around 700$us when it arrives.
http://www.tiffen.com/userimages2/Steadicam/Solo_SS.pdf

Or the Merlin 2 lists for 799$us (there are sales to be found if you search)
http://www.tiffen.com/steadicam_merlin2.html

If you are handy there are a few DIY for making them.
http://cheesycam.com/15-dollar-diy-steadicam/

as for lenses watch this video
http://petapixel.com/2012/06/27/5-ki...ith-your-dslr/
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Old Aug 4, 2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Canon's STM lenses are especially good for video, in that they focus quietly. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is especially handy, in that it has a long zoom range. It is also stabilized, so it can take a little jostling all by itself. All you'd need is some way to hold the camera while you use the LCD monitor to frame.

I'll add that I think the T2i is a poor choice for shooting video. The T4i and especially the T5i are much better choices.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:31 AM   #4
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Agree, or the new EOS 70D with its dual pixel AF,
supposed to give good consistent AF in live mode and video mode.
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...d_display/daf/
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For shooting video (especially indoors), WIDE is the way to go.

Tokina 12-24 lens (in a Canon Mount) would probably be your "go to" lens for most shots.

On the wider end, you can't beat a canon 70-200 F/4 lens for price/value (probably pick one up used for $600).

You could also go with a "walk around" lens so that you could use it for general photography and film. A canon 24-105 lens (used about $200) is a great lens.

However to start out, if your doing a lot of indoor stuff I would look seriously at the Tokina.
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