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#1 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 05:16 AM

I ditched my dinky micro director's finder with the idea of replacing it with a Pentax OptioMX digital camera, which I never got around to buying. I'm looking now at the JVC GZ-MC200E. It can record 8.5Mbps video at 720x480 and takes 1600x1200 stills. 10x optical zoom. Does audio too. Storage is a Microdrive.
The idea is to use it on location scouts for stills and video and audio notes, and on set as a director's finder. It's minus any calibration and markings out of the box but that won't take much figuring. Has anyone here used a mini digital camera as a finder? Any words of wisdom?


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Posted 12 September 2005 - 11:14 PM

>Looks kinda fishy to me... But if it works, I guess...
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#3 Paul Bruening

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 05:51 PM

Hey,

It should be useful. Working out the framing and lens length matches might be a problem. It could also help with continuity. I wouldn't depend on it exclusively for exposure unitl you have an idea of how close it's exposure latitude matches your main cam.
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#4 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 05:59 PM

It should be straightforward enough to figure the transforms for framing and ballpark lens selection. Wouldn't be using it for exposure. Could be useful for judging color temp mismatches.
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Posted 19 September 2005 - 12:55 PM

P+S Technik (Spelling?) has a Digital Directors finder that you stick on the end of any consumer Digital Video Camera, and it allows you to attached 35mm film lenses (Its similare to a Mini35 for consumer cameras), this way you can get acurate focal lengths without conversions, among other things.
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#6 Stephen Williams

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 04:53 AM

I ditched my dinky micro director's finder with the idea of replacing it with a Pentax OptioMX digital camera, which I never got around to buying. I'm looking now at the JVC GZ-MC200E. It can record 8.5Mbps video at 720x480 and takes 1600x1200 stills. 10x optical zoom. Does audio too. Storage is a Microdrive.
  The idea is to use it on location scouts for stills and video and audio notes, and on set as a director's finder. It's minus any calibration and markings out of the box but that won't take much figuring. Has anyone here used a mini digital camera as a finder? Any words of wisdom?
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Hi,

I use a Nikon D70, its image sensor is very close to S35. For lens focal length selection its spot on.

Stephen
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