Steve Wiese and the Zacuto team are coming back with the "Great Shootout 2010" in which they bring the latest digital video cameras out and see how their imagery stacks up against traditional 35mm Film. This time the line up is all DSLR's and like last time, they'll be shot side by side with a 35mm film rig, professionally color graded and compared head to head. The big names like Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and others will be on the line for comparison by some of the top DP's and Digital Cinematographers in the business.
I am a reporter/journalist and I am looking to learn how to start shooting my own stories. I need advice on a good camera for a beginner to buy. I want the best camera for a beginner but at the same time it could be useful for someone who is more advanced. I would prefer one that is not too heavy. Price doesn't matter, I want the best one I can get. Any suggestions? Also, what would you recommend for accessories... tripod, bag, mic, etc.
Thanks so much!!
As a former Combat Cameraman seeing footage from our growing number of war zones hits me on multiple sides. I can see well beyond the propaganda and both understand the situation from both the war fighter and concerned civilian perspectives. When I first joined my Combat Camera Unit I quickly realized I had much to live up to. My fellow teammates and I were the 'technical descendants' of Director John Ford among a host of famous filmmakers and photographers down through the decades.
In this day and age, camera makers
are vying for the rank of the best by rendering superlative features
that are constantly out doing each other day after day. But here is a
camera discovered from a dusty attic that is making news. Called
"Daguerreotype," it is a wooden sliding box camera produced by the
Paris company Susse Freres in 1839.
Anonymous (not verified) - March 02nd, 2010
Lately I've been putting up videos shot with DSLR rigs. Well just to show that traditional ENG style cam's are by no means out of the picture yet, here's one by Mirko Faienza called "My Grandfather's Garden" It was shot with a Panasonic AG-HPX500 and the stock 17.5 x lens. It's is a bit pricier rig than the average VM reader is thinking about getting, but it does show you don't necessarily need full on shallow DOF to get great imagery. Enjoy.
Daniel Bruns - February 23rd, 2010
Oh, how times have changed. Just two short years ago, I was shooting on a Panasonic HVX200, previewing my footage on a Marshall monitor, and using a G35 lens adapter in order to achieve depth of field. These were wretched times in which one was forced to make a choice between quality and speed. On one hand, if I was trying to capture beautifully focused footage with a shallow depth of field, I would inevitably be running around like a chicken with his head cut off just trying to get my shots in the limited time my clients gave me.
Here's a video by Vallette Thierry showing how to map a photograph to a 3D object and then simulating a camera move. This is a really cool technique if you're pulling your hair out trying to build virtual sets for greenscreen. Now I've seen a similar technique built in After Effects, but this one is pretty direct. Now I'm not sure what 3D program was used, but the technique should be fairly simple to duplicate in other programs. If you're too broke to shell out for a 3D program, you can get BLENDER for free.
Would you know of any company or person that may be interested in comping a couple of compact HD video cameras for my Malaria expeditions?
In return I will advertise and promote them through the book/documentary/lecture series and website. Panasonic has already given us a Toughbook laptop for field editing.
I am married to an native Amazonian, have a private preserve
there. In March I will be starting my expeditions to remote villages in the Peruvian Amazon to deliver
Malaria nets to jungle children. 3,000 children die every day from Malaria.
Anonymous (not verified) - February 19th, 2010