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Least Expensive Dv Cameras w. Shutter Speed F-Stop


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#1 zozer

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 12:14 PM

Is it possible to have adjustable shutter speeds and manual f-stops (somewhat like a digital still camera) on a Mini-Dv camera. And at what price point?

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#2 Rik Andino

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 03:30 PM

As a Director of Photography (that you claim to be)
You should already be aware of this. ;)

Most prosumer DV cameras have shutter-speed options
And of course manual exposure control (F-stop options)
This is a very basic demand for any camera promoted to filmmakers

Some camera brands have these features on really high-end 1-chip cameras
But usually you should expect to find it in most 3 chip cameras.

I think the cheapest cameras with these features in full effect are

Canon: GL2
Sony: VX2100
JVC DV300u
Panasonic DVC30

All of these cameras have a starting price of aprox. $2000US
But you might find them cheaper if you search around the internet.

You can also search for early models of these cameras
Which will be equipped with some of the same feature.

Eitherways you should do your own research.



Good Luck
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#3 zozer

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 04:56 PM

Rik, thanks for the reply. Actually I don't know where the "Director of Photography" thing came from but I guess that's me.

I did several searches on technical sheets for camcorders etc. but came up a little short on some of the specs and pros and cons of real world use of the cameras. Some spec sheets might say "Shutter speed up to 1/15000 s" etc but I guess I need to get some hands on just to see how user friendly and useful they really are. I didn't fine anything like dprewiew.com for digital still cameras. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough.

I just discovered this site today and it looks like an excellent resource.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 06:12 PM

Most consumer DV cameras have menu functions that adjust the f-stop, a + /- button usually, but the only consumer DV camera lens with a physical, external f-stop ring with non-servo manual focusing ring is the manual zoom sold for the Canon XL1, XL1S, XL2.

Most cameras allow you to change the shutter speed. I don't know of any that don't.
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#5 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 06:21 PM

Or theres the Sony PD-150, great camera that. Only does interlaced though unfortunatelly.
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#6 zozer

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 08:51 PM

Thank you David and Daniel. Very helpful.
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#7 John Hall

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Posted 18 May 2005 - 09:10 AM

Be wary of some cameras offering 'manual exposure control'.
Some of these don't have an f-stop relative exposure control, just an arbitrary +-10 adjustment range (i.e. +1 on the 'exposure control' is not one stop).
Almost all prosumer, and even some consumer cameras let you adjsut the exposure in stops, but it is something to be mindful of.
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