Grassroots Motorsports magazine attends the ADAC-Zurich 24 hours of Nurburgring. This video features highlights from the 24 hour race and pit lane hijinks.
(The rest of this listing is the same review posted in the Nurburgring-1 video, so if you read that, this is all familiar territory)
All content shot on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i (EOS 550d) with the 17-55 kit lens and a 90-300 Canon EF zoom lens. A Rode Videomic was used for sound collection.
This was my first experience with video on a DSLR, having literally picked up the camera the day before I got on the plane to Germany. When I got the camera, I decided to take only one camera bag, and if that meant leaving the HFS100 at home, so be it. I spent some time on the plane playing with some settings, but mostly when I started shooting I was doing so completely cold.
The video was assembled and edited in a busy, noisy media center at the Nurburgring. Still, I'm pleased with the result, and glad I made the leap of faith to throw myself into the DSLR video realm.
Here's my initial pro/con list after the first weekend of shooting:
1. Stellar video performance right out of the box with the kit lens.
2. It's fantastically convenient to be able to shoot quality video and stills without even changing cameras. Just change a couple settings and you're good to go. There were several instances where I shot video and stills of the same scene. It was a HUGE convenience, especially when you're working alone.
3. Fantastic packaging. I mean, it's a Canon EOS.
4. Love the SLR "look" that comes to the video, and the ability to quickly and easily pull focus.
5. Battery life seems impressive so far. I haven't invested in a battery grip yet, but I never went through more than about a battery and a half in a day shooting at the Nurburgring. And that's about 1300 photos and 15GB of video per day.
1. The ability to pull focus is a double-edged sword. Basically, you have to manually focus this baby. The auto-focus feature is cumbersome for video use, and noisy as well. And after a long day of shooting, staring at that tiny screen with tired 40-year-old eyes makes focusing tricky. Some type of viewfinder adapter will most likely find its way into my bag at some point.
2. Sound options are limited. Which is to say you get a 1/8" stereo jack and nothing else. No gain or attenuation control at all. Thankfully the performance isn't bad, but some more flexibility would be nice.
3. You get live view, or viewfinder view (only live view for video), not both at once. Viewfinder for video would have been nice, and simultaneous for stills would have been nice.
Overall, though, for a sub-$1000 package, the performance seems simply stunning. And this is coming from someone who hadn't even cracked the manual or watched an online tutorial when he started shooting with the camera. From now on, when I only want to pack one bag, this is probably what will be in it.