I had the opportunity to travel to Banff, Canada late last year. All the footage is taken with a Canon 60D. I opted getting a standard kit lens (18-55mm) and a 50mm prime. As expected, the kit lens operates okay for starters, but the quality of the prime is significant. It’s light, sharp, and with a 1.8 aperture it’s very fast. However, as seen in the footage above, the distance of this lens makes it extremely difficult to maintain a steady shot when handheld. My recommendation for this lens is to use a tripod. If you still want to shoot without one, tighten the camera strap as tight as you can, pull the camera away from your body, and tuck your elbows into your stomach. Another note when getting a new camera, most camera picture settings automatically increase the sharpness and saturation. I made the mistake of shooting an entire day of video with these settings up too high. To make sure you have the most post editing flexibility, turn these settings down before you begin.
All shots are handheld without the aid of any camera rig
Camera: Canon 60D
Lenses: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS & 50mm f/1.8 II
Post: Premiere & After Effects
Audio: Burial, Four Tet, & Thom Yorke – Ego (33rpm)
Typeface: Fella by Kelly Farmer