All important threads start with the word "Official", don't they?
As far as I know, there have been no "telephoto video" threads. Typically, the threads here examine cameras. My thought is that a thread aimed at telephoto video would be useful for some, including me. Obvious uses are wildlife and bird shooting. Some get to go to Africa! I want to be prepared for my next trip to Yellowstone.
My hope is this thread will attract some posts from others that have successfully shot very long telephoto video. Most consumer camcorders are limited. Some have tele extenders available. Bridge cameras like the FZ200 can be surprising. In other words, what combinations of equipment have worked and worked well?
I don't originate many threads, but last October I started one looking for advice on video equipment that would make a good telephoto kit: I started by looking at enormous lenses that would require a DSLR and a backpack or wheelbarrow to haul them around. I looked at the Canon EOS-M and a big lens.
Portability and weight were important. With help from this forum, I found a Panasonic 100-300 G Vario Lens. I learned that as a Micro Four Thirds system the 35mm equivalent is a double or 200-300. There are several bodies that fit the lens. For a price compromise and to minimize size I picked the GX7 over the GH3. The GX7 does not have a mic input, but I don't have a mic anyway.
I finally got the lens, the camera and a tripod. This week I've been on the Oregon coast hoping for cormorants, seals or whales. Not many were present this week! The challenge of extreme telephoto has to do with aiming and holding still. My goal this week has been to see if I can figure out what the lens can do. Then I will figure out how to do it consistently.
I put together a 3 minute video where I try the GX7 tele extender and the lens stabilization. It is going to be a boring amateur test video except for those that are interested in lens performance.https://vimeo.com/83545625
Other than telling me that I need to point it at something more interesting than waves, let me know what you think! At this point, my thoughts are that there is video potential with this combination.