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- October 8, 2010 at 1:57 AM #47232
I tried to find the best category to fit this in, but here goes!
Currently I have 2 Sony HVR-Z5Us, and 1 HVR-HD1000u that I use for my wedding shoots. The Z5U’s are incredible – the HD1000u, not quite so much (but fine for a static wide shot).
In January we will be taking a family trip – and none of the above cameras are really all that travel friendly – they would probably run up their own airfare – and really would not be that great for being “out and about” with the family.
At first I thought I might have to stoop to the level of a “Flip” camera, or similar – but I just don’t think I would be all that happy. I even cringe at the footage the 1000u gives at times, and it is suppose to be a prosumer camera. I am sure that is just me being picky and annoyed when I can’t possibly get the same quality images the Z5U has to offer. ANYWAY – less rambling….
My next idea would be to get a camera that not only would be a great vacation casual camera, but also something I could incorporate into my videography business. This brings me into possibly getting into the world of DSLR – which I am thinking is my best option at the moment. But I could be wrong!
I ran down to the local Best Buy last night just to start looking around and getting ideas. I really do not want to spend $1000s on a camera that will have such limited use. I really would like to stay under $1000 or so unless there is something of a gem out there I may go a bit higher. (I know there are always accessories to worry about – but I will deal with that later).
One of theassociates there seemed to bequite well informed on DSLRs – but then again I am quite challenged at the moment in that area. I was about sold on the Canon T2i there until he brought up a camera Sony just announced- the Alpha 55. It has a translucent mirror allowing the auto-focus to lock on and track moving subjects. Apparenly this is something new (at least to lower end DSLRs)? I came home and looked up some of the videos from that camera, and I am quite impressed! Does anyone else know much about this camera? It still hasn’t officially been released yet – but will be in the coming weeks.
Is there another route I should go? I really don’t think a consumer HD camera will benefit me much as I would just be adding another video camera to my redundant mix and would never use it outside of adestination vacation. Not to mention the video quality I doubt will be any better than my 1000u has to offer. At least with a DSLR I may learn something new! I would love to learn a little more on the photography side of things at the same time.
look at the sony vex mirrorless cams..
they have a apsc sensor ike d-slrs, compact size, do vieo and stills but most of all…
they have a af adaptor that lets you stick on many Sony and minolta slr lenses… as well as lensbabies.
failing that there’s gopro waterproof fisheye cams great value..
then lastly the d-slrs… look for the lenses you want first THEN decide which d-slr, the bodies are all fairly close in quality and features….. the glass on the other hand…. may force you to buy a specific body esp with canon or sony….
Thanks D0n I will look at the vex here in a minute.
As for the DSLR route, is there any great place of information I can get about what each type of lense can do? I am clueless in the DSLR area, but am willing to learn.
the main ones to consider:
any lenses you might buy adaptors for use on your video cams..
eg: ultra wide angles, fisheye, super telephotos, 35mm lens adaptors for video with fast aperture primes like 50 mm 1.4’s
so D-slr speak, I have 50 mm 1.4’s, 85 mm 2.2, 400mm, 10-17 mm fisheye zoom, 16-45mm zoom, all of which will do tricks on a video d-slr that my camcorders can’t do, without expensive adaptors…. plus they take stills…
Well I am leaning towards the DSLR area still I think, but what you just stated completely confused me – but I will learn. I know I will have to add lenses, but beyond the wide angle, fisheye, and telephoto, I really don’t know what you are talking about, especially the numbers(yet). I mean what are the main porposes?
The NEX5 looks okay, but for something close to the same price as a DSLR, I am thinking more manualcontrol is a better thing.
The gopro has its niche, and would be kind of fun, but quality, and control look a little lacking for my videography uses.
Again all the little “tricks” you talk about really need a DSLR to pull off due to the many lenses needed. The NEX5 is still pretty limited, and I don’t see that really going as diverse as a DSLR if it is meant more for the consumer to begin with.
dirty secret pro photographers don’t like to admit….
Most of the radical improvements in camera design start in the consumer market and trickle up to the pro cameras.
Auto exposure, auto focus, built-in flash, and even HD Video made thier way onto pro cameras LAST.
Google is your friend, do some searching.
But when you are understanding what the numbers mean about lenses, you’ll find that you are better off looking for the types of lenses you’ll want for video FIRST then shop for the brand that has what you need and get the body that works with the lenses you want.
Wide angle, Fisheye and 50 1.4, if you look at the cost of a canon ff fisheye lens, you’ll find the lens alone costs more than a Pentax d-slr, 10-17 fisheye zoom, 50 1.4 and kit 18-55 lens combined…. and when you factor in the resolution of HD video, you’ll see the Pentax system I use will match the canon ff video quality easily for a fraction of the cost…
Learn about and look for your lenses first BEFORE buying a d-slr body to find the system that meets your needs and budget.
Most photo pros are committed to a system and wind up eventually paying more for a lens or body to avoid the cost of switching brands and having to sell off a dozen lenses to get one new camera body.