When we first set out to create Fstoppers and learn the ways of DSLR video, the first thing we learned was we had to stabilize our cameras. Handholding a DSLR produces horrible footage because 1) the rolling shutter effect, 2) DSLR cameras don't output enough data (at the moment) to render fluid movement, and 3) DSLRs aren't designed well for hand holding in the first place. Using a tripod is the tried and true method of getting stable and professional looking video footage but what should you do to get great hand held footage without adding a ton of weight or contraptions to your small camera?
The answer is to buy a lens that has in-camera stabilization. I own both the Nikon 24-70 and Nikon 17-55 so why in the world would I choose to shoot video with the Tamron 17-50? Because it has VC (vibration compensation) which helps me keep my video nice and smooth. Unfortunately the Nikon and Canon flagship zoom lenses do not yet have IS or VR in them in the 17-50 range. Since part of what makes DSLR video look so amazing is the 24fps and the f2.8 look, you are going to want a lens that can shoot wide open while still giving you a lot of options framing wise. The Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC is the best lens I've found for DSLR video. In the video below I will explain exactly why the Tamron lens is the goto lens for hand held footage during our Fstoppers Originals. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.