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I can not stress enough the importance of having quality audio for your DSLR Videos. It has been a proven fact that viewers are more willing to give you a pass on bad video quality of the audio is great opposed to solid video with poor audio.
As many of you know I have been using the SONY UWP Wireless Lavaliers for almost five years now and they have served me very well. Recently we decided to test out the Sennheiser G3’s which are what many consider to be the industry standard. With that being said I did a full review of the G3’s along with a comparison to the older UWP’s. One thing that has to be mentioned is SONY has a newer version of the UWP’s that I would consider to be a much closer competitor to the G3’s.
For the review I wore both microphones at the same time as well as made sure we set all the levels to the same places in the camera and on our recording devices. As you will be able to hear in the video, it’s almost impossible to tell which microphone is better if any. They both do a fantastic job. If I had to make an educated guess I would say the new SONY UWP’s which added a lot of the same features that the G3 already had would come very close in quality and function.
This is a preview of the just announced Nikon D7200. This camera is replacing the Nikon D7100 though I suspect you will still see the 7100 on the market for a while. I am going to run down the main specs that I think are important as well as helping you figure out who this camera is for.
Right off the rip we have a 24.2 megapixel sensor with no OLPF. If you are wondering how many the D7100 had it had 24.1, so the difference is a .1. Keep in mind that that may seem like nothing but there are always other advances in sensors from generation to generation. Don’t be one of those people who says it’s the same sensor though its 18 months newer.
You will be shooting at 6FPS in DX and 7FPS in 1.3x crop mode. That means you do gain one more FPS when you crop down the sensor. I personally say don’t use the crop mode for stills, if you need the “extra” reach just crop at that point. The reason I say that is 1.3x cropped on a DX makes your photos more susceptible to cutting off important things in your images.
There are 51 auto focus points with 15 of them being of the cross type variety. I asked Nikon why they can’t do all cross type like Canon does in the 7D Mark II and I really don’t have a quotable answer. What I can tell you from experience with the 7D Mark II is you may have all cross type sensors but that doesn’t mean you will be getting things in focus all the time.
I have been personally focusing a lot of energy to ensuring that my growing photo and video archive will be securely backed up into the future.
I don’t want to risk waiting until there’s an issue to find a solution for backing up. That’s why I am testing out and implementing as many different solutions as possible.
In this case I have 46 Terabytes of hard drives sitting on my desk. For those who understand what raid is you understand that all 46 wont be used as backup but for this video I am speaking overall.
I personally bought the 8TB Seagate from B and H for $299 which makes each gig 3.75 cents which is insane.
Synology sent me the DS1515+ pre loaded with 5 6TB NAS hard drives which means that box has 30TB of possible storage.
Western Digital sent me the 8TB My Book Thunderbolt to test out as well.
My goal is to be proactive in my backup approach, what are you doing to secure your data?
A few weeks back I got a message from a friend who was in need of some quick headshots. By quick I mean she asked if she could come over, shoot and leave with images.
Now I didn’t exactly let her leave with the images as they needed to be edited but these are the shots that I considered the keepers.
The first issue I had was deciding weather or not I should use the Nikon D4s or the D810. I settled on the D810 because of the insane sharpness and image quality.
This is me critiquing my own photos and discussing why one of the images so happened to be cropped, you know, for the client that is.