Nyrius Review and Demo
I learned quickly that, while you can get amazing depth of view, it also requires a lot of manual focusing (something I’m still getting used to). I’ve found it quite cumbersome to stay focused on subjects that are moving (like my 1 year old son). I noticed in some of your shots in your monopod/tripod post that you have some sort of extended ring around your lens. What is that thing called? Do you have any recommendations? (I was looking at http://www.indisystem.com/products/snap_gears) Do you have to get one specifically for each lens? Are they expensive? Does it make a big difference? Best Regards! -Jeff
Aloha Jeff, Great question! Like you, I am rather new to shooting video on an DSLR and have found it can have some challenges, but the good news is, there are workarounds! I know exactly what you mean about the focusing issues as I too was having trouble keeping up with my 3 yr. old. Let’s face it, the T2i/550D was made to be a still camera, so the issues you are having focusing in video mode is no fault of yours, it’s designed to be like that. One solution I have found, which you saw in the tripod pic, is using a “lens gear”. These are extremely inexpensive tools that have greatly increased my ability to focus correctly and quickly. You can pick these up at Jag35.com, one size fits all, and I have posted additional details below.
Also, if you want to take it a step further, you can think about getting a “follow focus”. These ingenious little devices will allow you focus without using the lens barrel. I have one on order and will post a review when I get it. These were designed by Dave Aldrich and distributed by the fine people at Jag35.com, below are the details.