About guns, coffee, and all the other stuff I feel like talking about.
Autofocus in live view sucks pretty bad. Something like one of these is great for manually setting focus outdoors in bright light. If I'm going to zoom, I tend to zoom all the way in and find my focus, then leave it and zoom out. While you'd notice the difference when taking a photo if you focused like that, for video it usually works quite well. I kind of go all out when I'm doing the cheapskate DSLR video thing though...
I've noticed the 55-200vr likes to change focal planes when you change the zoom, but I didn't get it for video work, so I'll live. Thankfully for any future serious video work (mostly reviews) I think my 35mm primary will work great.I honestly forgot my new camera can even do video until we were at the track for a couple hours anyway, slow learning curve I guess!
That little hood thing looks like a good idea though, could probably rig something up for less than that price too.
Mine isn't the one I linked to, I think I paid $40 or less on eBay.
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