Which Camera Should I Buy?
Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:11 PM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:14 PM
Your best bet is the Panasonic DVX-100.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:00 AM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:50 PM
I would like it to be able to shoot 24p and 60i, and would prefer if it could also shoot hi def, but im on a tight budget of $2,000 or a little above. Also, I want to be able to use a letus 35mm adapter, or sometype similar to really get that film look. Basically, I need a video camera that will give me a look similar to film once a 35mm adapter is attached. Any advice would be great!
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:05 PM
Edited by Will Earl, 12 November 2008 - 01:05 PM.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:08 AM
Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:03 PM
Are you a beginner, wanting to practice the basics of filmmaking? If so, I would HIGHLY suggest a nice Super 8 camera. They're cheap, as well as the film, and it is an excellent tool for learning the discipline.
Are you wanting to gain experience as a cinematographer? Get a 35mm pentax and a nice light meter. The Pentax K1000 is dirt cheap and offers full control to the user. Not to mention it's built like a tank.
Are you wanting this for personal use, like trips, family events? A place like best buy offers a host of nice HD camcorders that range from the mid hundreds to the thousands, and offer a range of user controls. You don't need to shoot your whole 2K.
Or do you have an actual production in mind, which I suspect is the case? If so, I considering your budget, I would abandon this whole film look thing.
A year ago I was in pre production on my thesis film, a documentary. I had a budget of $10,000. I really wanted to go for image quality, and for a long time I was set on shooting film. Then, I considered shooting HD. Both could have been possible, but after the initial and hidden costs, either scenario would have left me with almost no money left. Instead, I opted for SD. I also set a goal for myself. I resolved to make the best looking, most polished and professional SD film I could make. I planned my lighting and recorded high quality audio with the best mikes I could borrow from my school. With the savings, I bought a glidecam, which immensely improved the quality and variety of my shots. It also allowed me to do much more traveling. At this point I've been all over the country, from both coasts, to the nation's capitol, from northern metropolis' to the cotton belt of the Deep South. None of this would have been possible had I gone for the flashier, shiny processes. I focused on what appears on screen, not how it is captured. When I show my rough footage in class, alongside others who are shooting HD, I still get comments on how beautiful my footage looks, and the variety of my footage.
You must be aware of the audience's knowledge base. They will tolerate lower image resolution. Most can't tell the difference between 35mm, 16mm, HD, or even SD, unless given a side by side comparison. If resolution were so important to them, why is 5 perf 65mm all but extinct? Most just don't care.
However, your audience will quickly lose interest and patience if the lighting is no good, or if the sound sucks. I recall seeing a student film recently that was set all at night. It looked awful. Huge grain, milky blacks, low contrast, no detail. I suspected it was video, but asked the director anyways to be sure. "It's film," he said proudly. What a waste!
Conversely, I've seen stuff shot on SD and analog video that looked beautiful. One student shot a documentary with a low end prosumer camera, and I swear it looked like 16mm telecined. It was amazing. But the student was also a smart filmmaker who knew what he was doing, and how to use the tools available to him.
My advice would be to first investigate borrowing a camera, or renting. Try a few out. Spend that money on a nice Lowell kit, a few microphones and a good sound recorder. Decide what story you want to tell, and how you want to tell it. Then go to town.