Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D For Dummies
Digital SLRs weren’t designed to capture video but due to the size of the sensors and plethora of lenses, dSLRs — including the Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D — can capture video that rivals conventional video recorders. If you plan to shoot video, consider purchasing some specific accessories for your Canon SL1/100D. Canon makes great accessories for your camera, but some third-party accessories (such as tripods, camera cases, camera bags, and so on) are the best in the class.
Finding Accessories for Creating Video
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D comes with Live View mode, which, among other things, enables you to capture high-definition (HD) movies. Here are a few accessories to consider acquiring to create video with an SL1/100D.
Tripod: You can use the same tripod for still images and video. The only difference will be that you’ll need to purchase a fluid ball head like the Manfrotto 504 HD Fluid Video Head. When you purchase a video head, make sure it will support the weight of your camera body, plus the heaviest lens you anticipate using for shooting video, plus 50 percent.
Video shoulder rig: You can shoot video using a rig that mounts the camera on your shoulder, or you can purchase a device to hold the camera steady while you move. Lots of rigs are available in all different price ranges. Check out online camera stores like B&H Photo or Adorama to look at the various models. If there are reviews posted by users, read them as well.
When you’re shopping for devices to steady your camera, remember that your camera doesn’t weigh much, and the light weight of the camera makes it even harder to get smooth video when holding the camera in your hand. Do some research and when you’ve narrowed your choices to a couple devices, call a camera store and ask for advice.
Video viewfinder: When you shoot video with your SL1/100D, the LCD monitor is your viewfinder. However, the LCD monitor can be difficult to view in bright light, so a video viewfinder is a useful accessory. Hoodman makes an affordable video viewfinder: the HoodLoupe. Combine this with an item called HoodStrap that will mount the HoodLoupe to the camera to create a fairly inexpensive video viewfinder.
High-speed memory card: When you capture video with your SL1/100D, your camera is capturing video at the rate of 24 to 30 frames per second (fps). A standard memory card may not be able to keep up with the fast frame rate. For video, it’s recommended that you use a Class 10 card with a data-transfer rate of 90 Mbps. SanDisk offers a memory card series — Extreme Pro — that’s ideal for capturing video.
Third-Party Accessories for the Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D
Your Canon Rebel is sometimes only as useful as its best accessories. When it’s time to go shopping for accessories for your Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D, consider the following items:
Camera strap: A sling strap such as those offered by BlackRapid distributes the weight of the camera and lens over your shoulder and places the camera at your hip. When you need to use your camera, you can quickly grab it from your side and bring it to your eye. If you shoot for long periods of time and with long lenses, a comfortable camera strap is a must-have accessory.
Camera case: A hard-shell camera case is the ideal place to store your gear when you’re not using it. Pelican makes a wide variety of cases that you can customize to fit your gear. Nanuk also sells a line of customizable hard-shell cases.
Camera bag: A camera bag is a place to put your stuff when you’re out on a photo shoot. If you don’t own a lot of gear, you can get by with a small camera bag. However, if you do end up owning a lot of gear (plus the obligatory kitchen sink), you’ll need a bag that can hold everything. Think Tank Photo offers a line of Mirrorless Movers camera bags. (The bags were designed for mirrorless cameras, but the SL1/100D is just slightly bigger than the Canon EOS-M, Canon’s mirrorless camera, so the Mirrorless Mover bag is ideal.)
Tripod: If you shoot landscapes, HDR (high dynamic range), or in low light, a tripod is a useful accessory. A tripod steadies your camera when you shoot at low shutter speeds. When you shoot with a tripod, it’s advisable to have a remote-control device to trigger the shutter. Another useful option for a tripod is a built-in spirit level. Even though your camera has a built-in dual-axis level, sometimes it’s easier to take a quick look at the tripod. A good tripod head is also a must. If you can afford a lightweight tripod with a ball head, you’ll have everything you need to capture blur-free photos with ease. Other issues to keep in mind:
How much your gear weighs: Buy a tripod that will support the weight of your camera body plus the heaviest lens you anticipate purchasing or using. Add 50 percent to that figure. If you purchase a tripod that will handle only the weight of your camera and its heaviest lens, you’ll run into an issue known as tripod creep — literally, when the tripod slowly sinks.
A sturdy tripod is also essential for photographing in windy conditions. Most tripods have a hook underneath the tripod head to which you can attach a sand bag, which helps steady the tripod in windy conditions.
How much the tripod weighs: If you photograph wildlife and nature and do a lot of hiking, lugging a heavy tripod will quickly wear you out. If this is the case, consider purchasing a lightweight aluminum or carbon-fiber tripod.
Hot shoe level: Using a hot shoe level is yet another way of making sure your camera is straight. Sometimes you might want to get a low vantage point, but don’t feel like lying prone on the ground. When you run into this scenario, a small dual-axis bubble level that slides into the camera’s hot shoe comes in handy.
Extra memory cards: Memory cards are cheap. Buy a couple extra SD cards so you have a fresh card when you’re photographing your favorite place or a place you’ve never been to before.
Lens-cleaning kit: Purchase a microfiber cloth designed to clean optical equipment. You can also purchase lens-cleaning fluid to use in conjunction with your microfiber cloth.
You may be tempted to purchase a protector for the SL1/100D’s LCD screen. If you do, you’ll protect the screen, but the camera’s touchscreen may respond slowly due to the film between the monitor and your fingers.