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Autofocus good enough for one-man Steadicam?

G H S
 

Hi all.

I do a lot of indie stuff but try to deliver upscale production value on a budget.

The Panasonic EVA1 and the Canon C200 look promising, but each have drawbacks and advantages that make the choice a toss-up. The C200's highly touted autofocus might tip the balance for me.

I have a knockoff Steadicam that I don't use much because I have no good way to pull focus on it. I have a wireless follow focus, but no way to monitor the image with sufficient resolution to focus.

So I'm curious about the C200's tracking of objects for autofocus. Can anyone weigh in on whether this is reliable enough to use for the one-man-band on a Steadicam?

Thanks!

Gavin Stokes
DP
L.A.

Geoff Boyle
 

I’ve posted at length about this is the past.

 

Anyway, the Canon DAF is better than any other I have used, and I’ve tested most of them, all the in-camera system and a few of the external ones.

 

In this regard the C200 way outperforms the EVA.

 

The Canon system is being improved all the time and there are huge updates since I wrote this https://www.cinematography.net/CanonC300-2-Digital-Assisted-Focus-on-a-Movie.html

 

Particularly useful for you is probably “face only” where it will lock to a face and if it loses the face it will then hold focus where it was until it recognises the face again but there are now also presets and better shape tracking.

 

Of course you also have the option to use a tablet and a Wi-Fi connection to control everything on the camera but that’s not much use of you’re a one man band 😊

 

Cheers

 

Geoff Boyle NSC FBKS

Cinematographer

Netherlands

www.gboyle.nl

 

From: cml-general@... <cml-general@...> On Behalf Of G H S
Sent: 13 June 2018 23:31
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Subject: [cml-general] Autofocus good enough for one-man Steadicam?

 

Hi all.

 

I do a lot of indie stuff but try to deliver upscale production value on a budget.

 

The Panasonic EVA1 and the Canon C200 look promising, but each have drawbacks and advantages that make the choice a toss-up. The C200's highly touted autofocus might tip the balance for me.

 

I have a knockoff Steadicam that I don't use much because I have no good way to pull focus on it. I have a wireless follow focus, but no way to monitor the image with sufficient resolution to focus.

 

So I'm curious about the C200's tracking of objects for autofocus. Can anyone weigh in on whether this is reliable enough to use for the one-man-band on a Steadicam?

 

Thanks!

 

Gavin Stokes

DP

L.A.

G H S
 

Thanks, Geoff.  I'll check out that article.


From: cml-general@... <cml-general@...> on behalf of Geoff Boyle <geoff.cml@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2018 5:39 AM
To: cml-general@...
Subject: Re: [cml-general] Autofocus good enough for one-man Steadicam?
 

I’ve posted at length about this is the past.

 

Anyway, the Canon DAF is better than any other I have used, and I’ve tested most of them, all the in-camera system and a few of the external ones.

 

In this regard the C200 way outperforms the EVA.

 

The Canon system is being improved all the time and there are huge updates since I wrote this https://www.cinematography.net/CanonC300-2-Digital-Assisted-Focus-on-a-Movie.html

 

Particularly useful for you is probably “face only” where it will lock to a face and if it loses the face it will then hold focus where it was until it recognises the face again but there are now also presets and better shape tracking.

 

Of course you also have the option to use a tablet and a Wi-Fi connection to control everything on the camera but that’s not much use of you’re a one man band 😊

 

Cheers

 

Geoff Boyle NSC FBKS

Cinematographer

Netherlands

www.gboyle.nl

 

From: cml-general@... <cml-general@...> On Behalf Of G H S
Sent: 13 June 2018 23:31
To: cml-general@...
Subject: [cml-general] Autofocus good enough for one-man Steadicam?

 

Hi all.

 

I do a lot of indie stuff but try to deliver upscale production value on a budget.

 

The Panasonic EVA1 and the Canon C200 look promising, but each have drawbacks and advantages that make the choice a toss-up. The C200's highly touted autofocus might tip the balance for me.

 

I have a knockoff Steadicam that I don't use much because I have no good way to pull focus on it. I have a wireless follow focus, but no way to monitor the image with sufficient resolution to focus.

 

So I'm curious about the C200's tracking of objects for autofocus. Can anyone weigh in on whether this is reliable enough to use for the one-man-band on a Steadicam?

 

Thanks!

 

Gavin Stokes

DP

L.A.