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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:42 pm 

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Not long bought a Canon 650D just to try DSLR and if I like it. But low light video e.g. ballroom dancing is tricky and I find it hard to focus quick enough. What would improve this? A 5D mkiii is out of my range. Is it worth waiting for the new 7D if indeed it ever comes out? I like to take stills too for ballroom dancing so need a camera that will focus quickly in low light too for stills.
Nikons seem best suited to portraits and landscapes by what I read.
Any help appreciated. ps I bought you several coffees so keep up the good work.
I would like to see some action footage to test the cameras? Is this possible?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:09 pm 
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My 70D did pretty well (using a 15-85mm lens) at a friend's wedding reception. The light was far from ideal but the camera autofocused without too much trouble with just disco lights (it was between 7 and 11pm in December so no sunlight either). I had to ramp the ISO up to about 800/1600 but the video wasn't too noisy.

A fast lens may help but, depending on how much of the ballroom you want in focus, your depth of field might be less than you need. Alternatively, there are LED video lights you can buy relatively cheaply.

With the stills, is it not practical to use an external flash? Even with inexpensive third-party models, you can change the angle of many flashes so you can illuminate the subject without overpowering it/him/her with light.

DSLRs: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EOS 70D
CSC: Canon EOS M3
Lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:32 am 

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My 650D focuses fast enough in low light for stills with a bright (f2.0 or brighter) lens. But I can see how the AF would not track fast enough for video of (competition level) ballroom dancing. Unfortunately, I can't think of any way to improve video AF tracking speed. And I don't think even the new/updated 7D will be sufficient, AF video-wise.

My only recommendation is probably out of your budget, but I think a Panasonic AC90 would probably be able to get the shot(s) with its f1.5 lens combined with a smaller sensor to help keep things in focus (due to deeper DoF).

Or you could trick out your 650D for manual focus while shooting video, but that's also an expensive proposition. (You'd probably also want to add an external monitor or loupe/Z-finder to that package to help nail focus at wide apertures.)


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