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#1 Joe nelson

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 10:06 PM

So this is my first post. I go to an arts school here in canada and I have taken video class for 2 years now. I'm learing at a grade 12 level but am only in grade 9. So I've gotten a real grasp on video. I am working with a glidecam and a Panasonic DVX100. I also use a jib...
I have a little JVC everio with new a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens. I also bought a larger battery for it. I plan to sell it sometime soon. But... I am looking for a new camera that will meet my needs. I have been looking at cameras/camcorders in the $1,000-$7,000 range. I Need one that records on SDHD cards like the JVC GY-HM700 or a HDD/Built in or external hard drive. I just don't want to fuss with tapes any more... I looked a JVC GY-HM700 and it seems good. But I'm wondering how it shoots and the outcome of the video. Because I saw some examples on vimeo.com and they just don't seem to have the movie style look, but without a 35mm adapter... But like I said, I'm looking for a camera like that or is it a good camera but it just needs to be set right?You guys are the pro's here...Help please!?! Thanks! Happy Holidays!
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#2 Chris Burke

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:25 PM

So this is my first post. I go to an arts school here in canada and I have taken video class for 2 years now. I'm learing at a grade 12 level but am only in grade 9. So I've gotten a real grasp on video. I am working with a glidecam and a Panasonic DVX100. I also use a jib...
I have a little JVC everio with new a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens. I also bought a larger battery for it. I plan to sell it sometime soon. But... I am looking for a new camera that will meet my needs. I have been looking at cameras/camcorders in the $1,000-$7,000 range. I Need one that records on SDHD cards like the JVC GY-HM700 or a HDD/Built in or external hard drive. I just don't want to fuss with tapes any more... I looked a JVC GY-HM700 and it seems good. But I'm wondering how it shoots and the outcome of the video. Because I saw some examples on vimeo.com and they just don't seem to have the movie style look, but without a 35mm adapter... But like I said, I'm looking for a camera like that or is it a good camera but it just needs to be set right?You guys are the pro's here...Help please!?! Thanks! Happy Holidays!



I'd go with a canon 7d or a killer super 8 set up. 7k buys a lot of camera these days. Super 8 is great for students cause you can shoot, edit and project the very film you will use. It is a great way to learn about economy and preparation for a filmmaking. 7D on the digital end, seems to be a great buy for your buck, plus all that canon glass you can use.
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#3 Paul Bruening

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 03:31 PM

I'd go with a canon 7d or a killer super 8 set up. 7k buys a lot of camera these days. Super 8 is great for students cause you can shoot, edit and project the very film you will use. It is a great way to learn about economy and preparation for a filmmaking. 7D on the digital end, seems to be a great buy for your buck, plus all that canon glass you can use.


The Canon T1i does HD and is a lot cheaper. I haven't done the full research on it to determine the level of controls available on it. But, it's a little closer to student pricing. You can learn about film by picking up a nice used SLR. I love my Nikon FM2. Then, rent a cost effective MOS camera to learn the few remaining cine film things.
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