So you can now do video, what can you do with it? Keep in mind that at its highest res, 1280×720, the D3s can only capture a 5min video clip. So while it’s exciting for some to be able to do that, 5min does not make a movie. I’ve had a number of emails asking to see a sample of the D3s video at its highest res, so I went out to make a sample clip for you.
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I shot in the 1280×720 space. I did attach the Rode external mic but being still a still photographer, forgot to turn it on so there is no sound (sound is very important to video). The final file out of the D3s is 268,820kb but putting it up to the web, the flash file is 34726kb so it’s been compressed. With that said, I think it’s pretty cool.
What I did to shoot it was pretty simple. The setup is D3s, 600VR w/TC-17e with the Live View set to Tripod (really your only option to use Contrast-Detection AF). All the focusing in the video is done by the camera using the AF-On button a couple of times to speed up AF acquisition. The camera is in Aperture Priority with -.5 exp comp dialed in. It really is pretty darn easy!
The cast of characters are Ruddy Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Willet & Marbled Godwit.
A full user report on the D3s & 70-200VR will be in the upcoming BT Journal. I also just filmed a 30 Quick Start video with the folks at Kelby Training. That should be up shortly. If not soon enough for you, bug them to get it up :)
Photo captured by D3s, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film