I’ll say it I love ENG style camcorders. I started out it television news and that was the standard. They are flexible, powerful and solid performers. Lately I have been shooting with my Canon DSLR. I miss the parfocal lenses, servo zoom, balanced shoulder mount, constant iris throughout the range, and the long throw of the zoom.
Marco Solorio of One River Media recently said “At the heart of any true, full-size ENG camera is a form-factor that molds the camera body to your shoulder, the lens in your hands, the electronic viewfinder (EVF) on your eye. In essence, you become one with the camera.” I whole-heartedly agree.
I have gotten a B4-Canon adapter but have yet to get my hands of a 2/3″ B4 mount ENG lens to attach. I have a lens from an old S-VHS ENG Style camera, but it was for a 1/2″ sensor. Engaging the 3x zoom on the Canon T3i should allow me to shoot with the ENG Lens without vignetting, as it will enlarge the circle of light.
I won’t go into details, as Anthony Burokas of IEBA has already done a fine job and far more technical that I could. You can read his articles for Streaming Media Here.
You can also check out Marco Solorio’s blog where he details shooting documentary work with an ENG set up with a Black Magic Cinema Camera. His article is here.