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#1 Markus Jacinto

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:52 PM

So I am a total rookie that would like to get more into cinematography. I have about $2500 to spend (that's all the wife will allow). The setup I've come to think I like from browsing this and other forums is this:
1. Canon HV20 - approx $750
2. Brevis35 MP.1 Imaging Bundle (including flip module) - $1,455
3. Step up ring set - 43-72mm - $19
4. Nikon 50mm f1.4 Lens - $300

$750 + $1455 + $19 + $300 = $2524

Is there anything you can see that I'm missing?

Also, when it comes to lenses do I buy the same lens you would use on an SLR camera? Like this... http://www.bhphotovi...ikkor_50mm.html

Are there any other lenses you'd suggest to shoot in low-light and maybe 20 yards away?

Sorry for the rookie questions. Just want to be sure before blowing my money.
Thanks for any insights.
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#2 Jamie Lewis

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 12:55 PM

I'd scrap the Breavis and get a lighting kit and a couple of mics.
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#3 Jamie Lewis

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 06:10 AM

Marcus, Woot.com has the HV20 for $549.99 for one day only. So if you want that camera jump on it now. It's also close to being sold out.

http://www.woot.com/
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#4 Walter Graff

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:45 AM

Start with just the camera, a tripod and a few lights. That is all one needs to start making movies.
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#5 Gary McClurg

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:51 AM

Start with just the camera, a tripod and a few lights. That is all one needs to start making movies.


How bout sound and a good script and... :lol:
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#6 Walter Graff

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:53 AM

How bout sound and a good script and... :lol:


Oh yea, a mic. As for script, I can't help. Today's wannabee filmmakers think that its the equipment that makes a film not the person.
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#7 barryagilbert

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 04:25 PM

Don't buy too much. Rent what else you need when you have a solid project and know exactly what you'll need.
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#8 Peter Osinski

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:50 PM

look into the sony hdc-sd9 from panasonic... its only about 550 and takes sd cards...24p not 24f, full HD

check up on manual controls or mic inputs though

the hv20 doesnt have full manual control, just an av and tv mode

hv30 can set shutter and aperature independently to give you much more control

anyway think about that but....

consumer HD cam - 600

tripod - 300

extra batteries (buy generic in bulk) - 100

maybe some lights...i dont know....but stay away from 35mm adapters for now

Edited by Peter Osinski, 23 August 2008 - 11:50 PM.

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