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July 11, 2009 at 5:53 PM #47768AnonymousInactive
I’m very excited aboutpotentiallyupgrading to this camera. I’ve narrowed my search between the GYHD200 and the Canon XL-H1a. I’m currently using a DVX100. so i’m thinking this will be a pretty big step.
A few questions…. When I’m searching this camera on B&H there a lot of different model numbers that I cant seem to understand. there’s the GYHD200, GYHD200U, GYHD200BXT for example. What do all these numbers mean. Is this just the package kit that B&H offers or are these upgraded model numbers?
Is this camera a lot harder or even impossible to get pretty decent movable shots? IE walking with the camera and following a subject. I use a smaller camera now with the fig rig and my shots are pretty steady. Just curious…….
I hear the that the battery life isn’t good. I plan on buying the anton bauer batteries… I couldn’t find anywhere how long the battery lasts….
I watched a great video on vimeo about the HM700 series. In this video therecommendedthe canon 14x lens over the Fujinon. There currently isn’t a kit for the HD200 with the canon lens at B&H so i’m thinking if I went this route I might have to piece everything together.
I know, a lot of questions… But i’m excited to get some answers.
July 11, 2009 at 8:14 PM #196573composite1Member
You could do a lot worse than the 200UB. Great camera. Things to know off the top; it’s tape based but you have options to go tapeless with the SxS adapter add on but you have to use ‘V’ type batteries like IDX as they don’t have an Anton Bauer mount yet. It’s approx an extra $1k plus the SxS cards which are pretty ‘Fin’ pricey at $800+ for 1 32GB card. Your cheaper and I think better option for tapeless is going with a portable 100GB hard drive at around $1300+.With the harddrive or the SxS option you can also do 1080i video as in addition to native 720p.
Concerning batteries, AB or IDX is fine though I prefer the AB Dionic series 90’s or better. Trimpac’s in my experience suck for lack of a more descriptive term. Unfortunately, pro batteries and their accessories are expensive Dionic 90’s roll at $400+ ea. but, I get a solid 3.5 hours out of a 90 and they charge up in about 45 minutes to an hour. Worth the money.
The letter designations at the end of the series numbers are for different configurations. You’ll have to talk to the BH people to get the exact specs if they aren’t clearly written online. If you’re doing basic video work, a ‘UB’ should suit you just fine.
Yes, you can move quite well with the 200. It’s a pro camera you can throw onto your shoulder or hold by the handle for moving shots. Plus you have some hardcore lens potential as you can get lenses to size, put on a 1/2 in lens adapter or use a 35mm adapter and go to town! To see some of the work we’ve done with it go to:
In the video clips section the two commercials and the horror movie trailer were shot with the 200 and the 250. If you have more questions, just ask.
July 12, 2009 at 2:37 AM #196574AnonymousInactive
Thanks for getting back to me…
All good news that I wanted to hear. I do like what the 700 has to offer as far as going tapeless. But it’s just a little out of my price range. I think sticking with tapes for now will work for me. After all I dont know any better. Thanks for the tip about the batteries. All the kits come with the trimpacs. But I’m sure once I get to B&H I’ll be able to price together something better that will fit my needs. I’m hoping to get the camera, lens, 2 of the dionic 90 batteries, and the tripod plate for somewhere around 70000. Which seems like it could happen since they have one package on there for 5000…
Good to hear that moving with the camera is possible as well..
July 13, 2009 at 1:59 AM #196575composite1Member
Glad to be of help. With a Dionic 90 or better on the back-end the camera is really well balanced. Not too bad with the Trimpac’s but like I said they suck. I’ve never been able to get more that a 15% charge out mine. No wonder they give them away with a kit.
Tapeless is good if you don’t like or don’t have time to fool with the process of digitizing. I’ve used both and the only thing tapeless does is cut out the digitizing. If you’re worth your salt as a shooter-editor you’ll still have to look through the clips for what works and what doesn’t. I personally think it’s easier to let crap shots slip into the mix without giving them an eyeballin’ first through digitizing. When I can, I like to have both because stupid stuff happens and the odds of both methods going down at the same time probably means you got smoked anyway.
When you price out your kit, make sure you do some serious hagglin’ with B&H. I get my stuff from them because on big ticket items, they’re willing to do some horse traiding. If you have the cash to spare, a wide angle adapter lens would be of good use. At the time, I didn’t want to fork over the $8k+ for a 13x lens. At around $500 bucks the WAA was definitely worth it.
A good tripod if you don’t already have one is a bogen-manfrotto 2-stage aluminum with a 501 HDV fluid head. A nice tripod accessory is a handle remote. Bogen also makes one that works with the Fujinon/Canon pro lenses.
July 14, 2009 at 5:54 AM #196576AnonymousInactive
Thanks for all the help… I have a manfrotto that I love… It will be a little undersize for this camera but I think it’ll work fine. The head is a 701 (just guessing). It’s a little smaller then a 501.
The package I priced together with everything I want came to 5600. Thats with two dionic batteries and the AB light. I would like to be able to get the canon 14x lens with it but i’m not sure I’ll be able to swing it.
I didn’t even know you could haggle with B&H. I’ll have to try it. Thanks for all the help.
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