Trying to capture surfing

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    • #72025178
      Avatarbill surfer

      My buddy and I do a lot of surf kayaking. We’ve mounted Gopros to the front, best shots seem to be pointed towards us with breaking waves behind us. It’s hard to capture out on the water. I went and bought a cheap camcorder to shoot from the beach (Canon via HD r800)

      Too much glare on the screen on a sunny beach (I guess should have a viewfnder)

      Hard to find subjects when zoomed out

      Camera going in and out of focus

      Just a lame compared to the sharpness of the Gopro.

      Anyways,obviously need to upgrade. So where do I go from here? Camera? Camcorder? I’d like to keep this as cheap as possible but I also want to work as well. Any advice would be much appreciated.
      Thanks, Bill

    • #72025190

      In your price point I would try a Lumix FZ80 which can shoot 4K segments of up to 8 minutes at 30fps, 100Mbps, has center point continuous autofocus, and allows you to set iso, aperture and shutter speed manually if you wish. It has a 20mm to 1200mm fixed lens. The FZ80 is a little over $200 used on ebay, and $300 new.

      You also would benefit from a decent video tripod with a solid base and smooth panning like this one, which I bought recently for a heavier camera. It cost $124 on Amazon.

      It is the “Regetek Professional Video Camera Tripod System, 65 Inch Heavy Duty Aluminum Adjustable Tripod Stand with Fluid Pan Head and Carry Bag”.

    • #72025192
      Avatarbill surfer

      Thanks for your quick response. What would be your next choice if I spent more.

    • #72025194

      Reply To: Trying to capture surfing

      I don’t know much about video cameras as I shoot with dslr’s for 1080P and the Lumix FZ80 and the Coolpix B700 for 4K. Maybe you can get a video camera with a 1″ sensor and a telephoto lens that will give you better quality than the Lumix with the 1/2.3″ sensor. I suggest you stick with a 4K camera and a lens that gives you at least an equivalent focal length of 800 or 900mm to capture telephoto shots, and the ability to set your iso, aperture and shutter speed manually. 4K is generaally sharper than 1080P and gives you the ability to zoom into the frame in the editor.

      As for manual settings, with auto settings you can get a bleached out sky, where if you set your own lowest iso and a higher f-stop you can bring back a blue sky with clouds. I have found, for instance, the Lumix 4K gives me a sharper image than a Nikon D7000 DSLR does in 1080p.

      The bottom line is how much you are willing to spend for quality, as you will likely be starting at a couple of thousand dollars or more for a camera shooting 4K with a long telephoto and a 1″ or APS-C sensor. You can save money with old manual film lenses mounted on a dslr or video camera with detachable lenses, but you have to be good at pulling manual focus, which is a whole different art.

      Here’s a 30 second sample of the FZ80 4K video, shot handheld (showing why you need a tripod with a fluid head), with manual settings at the wide angle setting, demonstrating the quick and silent continual center point autofocus.

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      thanks for your post this is really helpfull or informative for me thanks again

      thanks and regards

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