What camera should i get
Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:18 AM
in short, i'm new was wondering about what type of camera would be sutible for this type of cinematography.
Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:27 AM
Posted 11 November 2007 - 12:55 PM
But if you want to go the film route then the suggestions above by Toby seem appropriate. Film offers a whole new range of challenges not found with video, but can be a very rewarding experience to work with. But it can also be very pricey, especially if you are looking to learn and experiment. But if you do, then definitely go 16mm, and look for camera kits in the under a $500 range. At this price you will only find used stuff, which is generally a fantastic resource as long as the equipment has been moderately cared for, and try to look for a camera that has a reflex viewing system versus something like a parralex (SP?). Also a few different lenses is always an asset.
Posted 11 November 2007 - 01:03 PM
Posted 13 November 2007 - 06:58 PM
You make a good point. The view through the finder on the Bolex is quite dim. I usually pull a measurement anyway and use the finder for framing only, but that isn't very practical for wild life.
I would still argue that for the cost of getting an entry level 16mm camera and lens that dealing with the deficiencies of a dark viewfinder are worth it for the end results of the 16mm image.
Posted 16 November 2007 - 01:12 AM
Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:17 AM
I would encourage you to lean away from video as much as you possibly can ... but only because the more you know about how FILM works and exposes, the more understanding you'll have over everything...video included. It doesn't work so well the other way around. Also, it may soon be a piece of history. Especially anamorphic... which i'm wondering if Panavision will ever begin pushing that upon the Genesis. dying artform?... i hope not.
In the end though, it's the final image the matters... the camera/tools may greatly influence how you got to that product, or it may not. If going Standard Definition MiniDV, I would just stick with Panasonic's DVX100. For High Definition, the HVX200 is the next small step (that's affordable). anything that's NTSC interlaced is bad news IMO (sorry, but it s a solution that no longer applies to this technology.. in addition to looking god-awful)
There are TONS of video cameras tho. I own a Sony VX2000, which i would only recommend getting for filming band practice. Has a great mike when used in auto-gain! But the image is pretty terrible overall..
Assuming you can't afford to play with film, I would also check out 35mm lens adapters for video cameras. Great for understanding exactly how complicated (and influential!)depth of field can be when wide open (so to speak.... depensing on the lenses, you can resolve images to a much larger negative size than 35mm, which makes a look that's much different than regular super 35mm). You can make your own for under $100, like i did a while ago, or look into buying one. (dvinfo.net, the alternative imaging methods forum is the best resource for that stuff).
ANyway. just throwing a bunch of ideas out there. My main suggestion is to play with as much stuff as you possibly can, and you'll quickly find where your interest really lies. Feel free to PM me with any questions. I'd be happy to share that 35mm adapter thing too.
Posted 24 November 2007 - 09:42 PM
Posted 25 November 2007 - 03:43 AM
I think the zoom on the PD170 came up to around 500mm though. I remember shooting the eclipse with it and I got some great footage.