Handheld Shooting Sigma 17-70mm

I had a chance to shoot a simple music video and I wanted to share a little about the equipment I used. I filmed handheld with the Sigma 17-70mm lens with optical stabilization and RODE Videomic.

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The Sigma 17-70mm f/ 2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM features Optical Stabilization which allows for much smoother video, especially when shooting handheld.


Danielle Ate The Sandwich
has a new song that she wanted to play live and with the snow falling down we thought it’d be a perfect chance to capture a fun outdoor music video.

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The Sigma 17-70mm  does very well in low light at f2.8 but one of the reasons I use it for most of my handheld filming is because of it’s optical stabilizer option.



Without any additional stabilization (like a neck strap), I held the camera in hand. We wanted to capture the performance with a ‘handheld look’ but without too much camera shake that would be disruptive or annoying.

You can see more of Danielle Ate The Sandwich HERE!

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The Sigma 17-70mm  has a 17-70mm zoom but the f-stop clicks down from 2.8 to 4 throughout the zoom (causing a flicker in your video) It’s not a problem if you don’t film zooms, but it’s not always ideal for filming live events.

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Because I wasn’t planning to zoom the lens during filming and because I was shooting handheld, the Sigma was my best option (compared to my other lens the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) )

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For audio I recorded with the Rode VideoMIC shotgun mic with Rycote Lyre Mount.


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I used a windmuff on my RODE Videomic and the sound came out pretty nice for a city street.

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I’ve been using this lens for over a year for many of my video projects and it’s been a great additional to my video productions.
Currently, the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm lens is still one that I use the most when my camera is on a tripod

Special thanks to Danielle Ate The Sandwich!
Learn more about her and her music here!

Equipment used in this episode:
Canon T2i (w/ Magic Lantern Firmware)
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
Rode VideoMIC
Canon 60D
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II Aspherical (IF) A16E  


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