What followed was an intesely tchnical walthrough the main features of the camera and its features. While I won't say it's overwhelming or overcomplicated, without hands on contact, it was a little bit difficult to fully grasp everything (more on that later). However here are the essential points raised:
- Shooting to be done in 1080 HD/25 FPS, since that is the PAL video standard (NTSC is 720)
- Unlike other cameras we've used, this one use a compact flash card as opposed to the smaller ones more commonly used, and these are a little more expensive and have less sorage than their smaller counterparts. The ideal one to use is Extreme or Extreme Pro.
- Never pack the lens in an area of direct sunlight or dust, as this can damage it (the former can do real harm to the sensors).
- The F Stops signal your exposure levels, dictated by the Aperture (how open the lens is).
- Shutter speeds affect the number of frames captured (25 is standard, 50 is for slow motion and 12 is for fast motion). The ideal setting for this camera is 0:1/3 stop.
- The ISO is the sensitivity to the light in the shooting area. The ideal for the 7D is 0:1/3 stop.
- Depth of field is how much of the image is in focus (background, midground and foreground), and can be measured in thirds (1/3 for the front and 2/3 for behind).
And, returning to show what we had, that concludes this workshop for the day. I really don't have much of a conclusion, since I already expressed my sentiments on the camera and how the workshop went, and I have to say, this has been one of the least enjoyable session so far, and a few small tweaks would've really gone a long way. If you ask me, I'll be sticking to my Pentax or a classmate's 550D over this.