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#1 Matt Wright

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 02:37 PM

hi just after a bit of advice on purchasing a camera
heres a little more info:
.a budget of £1800
.i intend to use it for proffesional use, ranging the uses from events, gigs, co-orporate videos and short films. obviously i'l be small scale as im fresh out of film school and new to the professional world.
. format preferably HD

looking into lower end pro cameras, i've been impressed by the Canon XHA1 (for £1800), with its ability to produce images using the same 1/3-inch sensors used in the XL H1. however due to its low cost, it uses a fixed lens.

from a profesional point of view, would a fixed 32.5-650mm (35mm range) Canon L-series 20x optical zoom lens be a sufficent for the uses listed previously.

finally are there any recommendations for adapters with the xh-a1 lens?

all replys welcome

thankyou for reading

Edited by Matt Wright, 16 June 2008 - 02:38 PM.

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#2 Paul Bruening

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 03:59 PM

You might get his thread moved to one of the video forums. There's more traffic in those forums so, it's cool. If you're on a low budg then don't worry about lenses. They're not that big of a deal. Shooting in HD with a camera as convenient and cost effective as the Canon XHA1 is a fine approach. Lens choices are an indulgence you can put off until your budgets get higher and reachable.
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#3 John Hoffler

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:00 PM

I'd go with the Panasonic HVX-200, personally.
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#4 Matt Wright

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:38 PM

thanks paul, i'd agree, keep my feet on the ground and wait till i expand.
the HVX-200 is a bit out of my price band im afraid though john, its a sweet camera though.
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#5 Alex Plank

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 08:47 AM

I highly recommend the Canon XH-A1
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#6 Walter Graff

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 08:55 AM

The Canon you mention will suit you fine.
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#7 Ram Shani

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 02:43 PM

i think you should wait for the HPX-170
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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:20 PM

i think you should wait for the HPX-170

Although the HPX is a real beauty it will most likely be out of his price range as well.
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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:46 PM

thanks paul, i'd agree, keep my feet on the ground and wait till i expand.
the HVX-200 is a bit out of my price band im afraid though john, its a sweet camera though.


Too pricey, I'd go for a Canon.
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#10 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 04:33 PM

I dunno about Canons. The XL H1S is top/ front heavy and the XH-A1 has both the zoom and focus rings as infinite rings. Amost everyone who has ever used an ENG style camera and lens has a hard time with these "professional" cameras. They take fine pictures in spite of their terrible ergonomics.

If it has to be an affordable camcorder I would wait for Panasonic's HMC 150, but it may be out your your price range as well.

I can't understand why they don't make full spec shoulder mounted cameras instead of semi (XL H1S) or purely camcorder style.

I love using HPX 500's! Anything smaller is a joke for most real world applications. Unless the camera is really tiny and I can mount it on a helmet, etc, I have no use for medium sized camcorders.

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 21 June 2008 - 04:36 PM.

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