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Jim's Canon 7d DSLR Rig

As both a photographer / filmmaker specializing in nature programming, having one system that can do both high quality stills and HD video would be ideal. And we’re getting close.

I’ve been producing web films with the Canon 7D for some time and would like to share with you my experiences dealing with some of the benefits and limitations of shooting with a DSLR.

In this segment I will show you some of the modification I’ve made on my rig to make it easier to work with in the field.

On the first few projects I shot with the 7D I used a Zoom H4n digital audio recorder to capture audio. But I found this very awkward  to work with as a one man crew. So after some research I decided to try the BeachTek DXA-SLR.

This BeachTek has AGC disable which is critical with this camera and many othe
r DSLRs out there. Even if I could control the audio levels in the camera I would still use a mixer like this.

So this is my setup at present:

Zacuto viewfinder
Zacuto Gorilla Plate
Reposition with custom plate
BeachTek DXA-SLR.
AT875R Short Shotgun with lightwave shock mount (which is no longer available)
Sony URX series Diversity wireless mic mounted on side of viewfinder

Custom cables with right angle XLRs for shotgun and wireless

In Future webisodes I’ll talk about these components in detail and other topics related to natural history filmmaking.

Thanks for watching


Host: Jim Karnik
Camera: Ryon Lee Media www.ryonleemedia.com

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Jim Karnik Films

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