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When shooting with these cameras, one of the things that I had to come to terms with is that sometimes it's difficult to get perfect shots. If you've got three cameras hooked up, you're probably not going to get a good shot on all three simultaneously. >> I agree, Rich. When I'm running multiple cameras on a rail system like this, it's not about each camera doing a perfect job, it's about giving you, sort of a flexibility, and sort of the composition of my shots, a focal length of my shots. Now, you know? Where you possibly try to get them to work, there are important distinctions to be made.
Yes, you can run these cameras all at the same time. And when you do that, that's LAUGHS a lot to manage, right? >> Yeah. >> So one of the things that I try to employ or think about is not using the camera simultaneously necessary but just like a wedding videographer. A wedding photographer might have a couple cameras slung over their shoulder ready to go at a moment's notice. That's one of the uses that a rail system provides. You have multiple cameras mounted up ready to go and maybe you're only using one at a time, but then you can quickly, without having to take it out of the bag, put the lenses on, have that second, or third or fourth camera ready to go.
>> Yeah, what I really see as important is that I'm not swapping lenses while shooting. One of the worse things to happen when you swap that lens, is you get dust in there. Or you should be powering the camera off and back on. So all of that is startup time. You're going to potentially miss the shot. This way, I can have both cameras rolling. And while I'm getting the shot on one, and then if I see something better on the other one, and my subject moves, particularly for events, I could just easily adjust this. Quickly frame it up. >> Yeah. >> Lock it back down. And that was my changeover time between shots.
It makes it so much easier to be shooting with prime lenses. Now this sort of flexibility works well. It is important that when you make that adjustment that you keep a hand on this so. >> Yes >> It doesn't go flopping over. because it's a lot of weight. >> Absolutely. >> But all of these things are, are pretty solid. Now, we gave you some good ideas on how to use this. You saw it in action. We'll take a look at some of the shots a little bit later. But we've got one more rail to talk about, and that's one that goes on top of the camera.
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