Well of course, that totally depends – many people are able to hold a video camera “steady” and to make it look natural, while many of us are not. Here’s a sample of bad video and when to use a tripod.

Michael writes – “Just threw a video together about the importance of a good video tripod when shooting video with the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II. We also compared a 300mm, 500mm and the xha1 20x zoom in the same video.”

Now, not everyone obviously is going to have or even use a tripod all the time. Sometimes, you want the hand held look (think JJ Abrams and “Star Trek”) – but sometimes you also need to use a firm platform like a tripod.

Look around for other questions about video rigs for the HDSLRs here!

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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind planet5D.com — which covers every aspect of HDSLR cameras (and a whole lot of other cameras as well). A lover of photography since his early days, he graduated to selling stock photos to make a little bit of spare cash. It wasn’t much, but it allowed him to upgrade to better cameras as well as computers, and it wasn’t taking money away from feeding his family.
He loves the stories that the still image can tell. In the summer of 2008, he read a story written by Arnold Kim called “I Quit My Job” — Arn is the owner of macrumors.com. He started macrumors in 2000 as a hobby, and by 2008 he was making more money with the site than he was on his day job, so he quit. The surprise to the story is that he was a doctor making more than six figures! Right then and there, planetMitch dreamed about doing the same thing.
September 2008 rolled around, and Canon announced this new version of the incredible 5D — the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It was the first Canon DSLR to shoot full HD video and the earth moved! (It really was a huge deal in the photography world.) planetMitch knew if there was ever a chance to ride a wave of something he was really passionate about, this was it — and the blog at planet5D.com was born. It is now one of the most popular HDSLR blogs on the planet, and he is making a full-time living from blogging. He couldn’t be happier!
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