Seeing all these video DSLRs on sale for the holidays has me remembering when I was looking for my first video capable DSLR. 3 Years ago it was either the Nikon D90 (720p? Yuck), Canon 5D Mark II or the Canon 7D (brand new at the time). Back then it took at least $1500 to get in the game if you wanted 1080p. 3 years later its less than half that. AND there are several models in each price bracket.
Black friday is over, but there are still several great deals on HDSLRs. It is a great time to be alive for filmmakers and photographers!
Over the past 3 years I have had the opportunity to shoot with a lot of cameras. Of them, I have found my favorite to be the old 7D. Sure it was my first video DSLR, sure 4 other Canon HDSLRs have been released since the 7D was birthed into the world. Sure, its not full frame, doesn’t have a flip out screen, yet it still takes 1st in my mind.
Even with all these other cameras coming out, I am still a huge fan of my 7D. The pro level body and features have proved themselves time after time. And if another camera ever comes out that rivals it, I know the 7D has a great resale value. So take advantage of this great deal!
For anyone who has not invested in a DSLR for video, now is the time to jump in. When I bought my Canon 7D in 2009, there were only 3 HDSLRs available. The 5D, 7D, and GH1. Not being able to afford the 5D I chose the 7D. But today there are over 10 different cameras available to us that shoot HD on a large sensor.
And to help kick off 2011, Canon and Nikon are having several rebates on their cameras. So if you are looking to start shooting with DSLRs, now is a great time to invest. Below is a list of available rebates through B&H.
Note: Canon Rebates only avalible until 01/08/2011 and Nikon rebates are running till the end of the month.
The Project: A Couple months ago I was approached by Director Kaj Kjellesvig to help shoot a music video. The Goal for this video was to create a vessel to generate ad revenue and encourage people to donate towards the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.