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Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.
Next up, there's a Micro 4/3 Mount, also known as MFT. This type of mount is designed to fit cameras with a Micro 4/3 size sensor. The Panasonic AF100, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Blackmagic Pocket Camera are all popular Micro 4/3 camera models that, that use this type amount. Micro four third lenses are lighter and more compact than lenses designed to be mounted on other cameras. So if size and weight is a factor, a camera with a micro four third mount might just suit you.
However, you should also be aware that micro four third's mounts may be less compatible with other non micro four third cameras. To be clear, you can always get an adapter to use various lens mounts on a micro four third camera. For example, right here I have a Nikon F mount lens on my micro four third Panasonic AF100. However, it's considerably trickier to use a micro four third lens on cameras that don't have micro four third sensors. Remember, video cameras these days have a pretty short shelf life.
Long after your camera has fallen out of step with the latest technology your lenses can go on to serve you for life. So when it comes to micro four third cameras it might be a wiser decision to invest in lenses with more versatile mounts like Nikon or Canon and then just get a lens mount adapter to use them with your micro four third camera. So as we've seen in this segment, there's a variety of different types of mounts. And you don't necessarily have to have that type of camera because you can often find an adapter for many different types of lenses and cameras.
But I do recommend that you do a little homework and think about the pros and cons of using any given mount for your particular budget, camera and shooting situation. I'll see you next week for more pro video tips.
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