kye Posted May 5, 2019 Share Posted May 5, 2019 I video my kids sports games, and have figured out a few things but have questions too. I figure we can share our experiences and learn some stuff? Here's the rig I have developed so far: It is GH5, Rode Video Mic Pro+, Gorillapod 5K, Minolta 135mm f2.8, QR plate with wrist-strap attached to it. I also use the Minolta 200mm f4 lens for extra reach as our football fields are quite large. I sit beside the field on a chair, and I film highlights of my kid, not the whole match or anything. Things that work well: Bending Gorillapod to have single leg as support allows smooth rotations while resting on my lap, and other leg bent to form a handle that I can use to steady the rig and also still manually focus Viewfinder is great in bright conditions 135mm and 200mm on crop sensor IBIS on those focal lengths is just great, it's not perfect, but you're moving the camera around so much tracking the action that small hand-shake doesn't really show that much Manual focus + focus peaking works pretty good Rig is light, very portable, and pretty cheap Things that don't work well or I'd appreciate advice on: 135mm and 200mm are good but it's not fast to change lenses so I'm tempted by a zoom, something like a 70-200 would be great. However, I don't want to sacrifice IQ in the ways that vintage zooms were never as good as vintage primes, and I can't afford a modern fully manual zoom lens. Unless there's a lens I'm unaware of? I spend the whole game with the audio jack from the Rode mic sticking into my forehead trying to use the viewfinder. Help? It's not quite tall enough on my lap - is there some easy way to extend it up maybe 10-20cm (4-8in) that anyone can think of? Or should I just put the mic on a flash bracket or something off to the side? I'd rather not get a cage for it, as I use the GH5 handheld quite a bit for non-sports situations and want to keep the weight and bulk down. Or maybe for football I just use the Rode Video Micro that I have that isn't as large. The 200mm gives nice profile shots as people run on or off or as things get closer, but is still reasonably good at the far end of the field. Here's a random and relatively non-identifying pic from the 200mm with the kids at the other end of the field: Do you shoot sports? What is your setup? What have you learned? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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