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#1 Mike Wazowski

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 05:46 PM

what would be a good camera for a student like myself to buy thats great for filming action sports


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#2 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:03 PM

What's your price range?


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#3 Mike Wazowski

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:14 PM

under $5000


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#4 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:20 PM

That should give you a lot of options.  Obviously, you'd want something with a high-speed shutter if you're shooting sports.  I think most decent digital cameras have pretty high shutter speeds these days, but others on this forum could point you down a more specific path.


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#5 Chris Millar

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:20 PM

What is 'a student like myself' like?

 

(you'll probably get better results telling us a bit more about where you're at and what you want out of a camera)


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#6 Mike Wazowski

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:25 PM

diploma in screen and media.  i like to film motor cross, rally cars and fast paced action sports. 


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#7 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:11 AM

Depends on if you need really good slow-mo. I don't know a single decent, non-MPEG based/Raw capturing/Interchangeable lens camera which has excellent slow-mo. Mostly all of the cameras which allow you to do over-cranking use MPEG codec's which are absolutely atrocious to edit.

 

I gave up trying to make slow-mo and simply learned how to tell stories instead… I use the Blackmagic Pocket cinema camera's and honestly, they aren't really designed for sports, but they work great. The rolling shutter effect isn't really bad and they have a more cinematic look, totally different then the "trying to be too sharp" DSLR's, of which I dislike tremendously. I also prefer the Blackmagic concept of shooting RAW and Pro Res. 

 

If you copy and paste the link in my signature below into a web browser, you can see some of the motocross stuff I've shot. Unfortunately I can't embed those links into this page. 


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#8 Sabyasachi Patra

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 04:52 AM

I have shot sports for broadcasters like HBO, am a big fan of Formula 1, but don't shoot motorsports for a living. So you need to examine my answer in that light.

 

Your choice of a camera system also depends what you want to do with the footage. Cameras come and go. They depreciate fast. So as a student you shouldn't be spending more money on cameras. It is better to spend less on camera and more on lenses. If I were a student, I would invest in a DSLR like a Canon 7D II which can shoot 60p at full HD and spend the rest of the money on a lens (either 70-200 f2.8 L IS II USM plus 2x TC or a Canon EF 100-400 lens). 


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#9 Chris Millar

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 04:24 PM

First thought regarding pans and fast cross frame motion is rolling shutter issues...
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