I haven't bought mine yet but sound is a primary concern. Right now I plan on hooking wireless mics (lavs) to my two on camera people using the Zoom H4N and then feeding that via the XLR connection to my video camera. I am hoping that using this method I will be able to monitor the sound as it is being recorded using a headphone plugged into the Zoom.
Anyone have any experience doing this - will it work? How can I revise this plan so that I am not physically wired via the headset to the Zoom but yet can still monitor the sound....can I simply monitor the sound through my video camera for instance?
I have started to shoot at lot with my 7D. A music video, two commercials and then a short film. My first recommendation is to avoid the stock lens that it comes with. Canon makes a 17-55 thats a 2.8 all the way thorugh, and a 24-70 thats a 2.8 (thats the one I got). The stock glass is just really slow in longer focal lengths and it's nice to have all that light and all that depth.
I would also suggest getting a rig or shoulder mount of some sort. I quickly learned how difficult it was going to be to hand hold a DSLR for extended periods of time. I got one from Red Rock, but there are a bunch out there.
I can't really help anyone on the audio situation. everything i've done has been dual source with a sound guy monitoring. But I think a wireless transmitter / receiver should get the job done.
Just following up on the rig or shoulder mount recommendation: I just stumbled upon an article recently that created a $30 USD camera dolly out of Ikea parts. And they used it with a 7D. Depending on what sort of things you want to film, a camera dolly is pretty nice to have in your arsenal of film making tools.
What lens are you guys currently using with your 7D? I'm actually looking at the Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II lens that just came out. It comes highly suggested for use with video.
I use a Canon 24-70 F2.8L I have been extremely happy with it. I also have a 10-22 3.4-5.6. I mostly use it for the 10mm.