Which Camera? Which accessories?

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    • #39432
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      Hello everyone. I’ve been cruising the forum and like it here. I also just subscribed to Videomaker Magazine. I love making videos, and am ready to buy my first prosumer camera.

      I’m leaning towards the GL2. I will be making videos for my church, but not service videos. We will be doing video announcements (comical interview type footage) and also "Man on the Street" type videos where we interview people on the street. Does this seem to be a good choice of camera? My budget is about $2K for the camera, light, and mic. Is this possible? I was looking at BHCamera and it seems I can get what I need for $2K. Any/All suggestions welcome.

    • #170423
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      The GL2 is a good choice. I chose the Panasonic AG-DVC30 because I liked the 3.5" LCD monitor. Last time I checked, the DVC30 was going for slightly less than the GL2, but that may have changed. The GL2 has a greater range to its zoom, nice if you need extreme telephoto. For a mic, I really like the Rode Videomic ($149 at B&H). It has a miniplug, which should work with either camcorder. Can’t help you with the on-camera light; I use reflector floodlights on lightstands.
      BHPhotoVideo.com is a reliable vendor.

      My 3 cents worth. πŸ™‚
      Ken Hull

    • #170424
      AvatarAnonymous
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      Thanks for the response and advice. I may buy the same microphone. I am wondering if I should also buy some sort of handheld microhpone for stree interviews?
      Anyone?
      Also, I assume the GL2 is a good choice for this type of filming?
      Any light recommendations? For in studio, and on street filming.

    • #170425
      AvatarAnonymous
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      This is very helpful Hank, thank you.
      I might go with your recommended mic. package. Do you think I’d want a wind muff for the handheld?
      We will be doing a lot with greenscreen, so I’ll be heading to Lowe’s tomorrow πŸ™‚ Does it matter what kind of flourescents?
      Thanks again!

    • #170426
      AvatarAnonymous
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      You said: "Also, I assume the GL2 is a good choice for this type of filming?"

      The GL2 is a very good general purpose prosumer camcorder for the budget you mentioned.
      But if you’re going to do a lot of on-the-street-interviews with a handheld camcorder, you would find a shoulder-mount unit easier to work with. Within your budget, the selection of shoulder-mount camcorders is VERY limited. Least expensive woud be the Panasonic DVC7, which only has a single 1/4" CCD. Since you’re also doing ChromaKey work, the single CCD might not give precise enough color for clean keys. For just a little more, Panasonic makes the DVC20, which has 3 CCDs. But those CCDs are only 1/6" in size, kinda small for a supposedly PROsumer product. For $2200, B&H sells the Panasonic DVC60, an excellent shoulder-mount prosumer camcorder (slightly over you budget, though). I also see that B&H is selling a JVC should-mount S-VHS camcorder for $1500, but you probably should stick with a miniDV unit.

      Well, hey, I guess that brings us right back to the GL2! I think I’ve seen some attachments that can turn a normal camcorder into a shoulder-mount unit. Sorry for the long winded response that just returns to the starting point. πŸ™‚

      Ken Hull

    • #170427
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      announcementguy Wrote:

      Hello everyone. I’ve been cruising the forum and like it here. I also just subscribed to Videomaker Magazine. I love making videos, and am ready to buy my first prosumer camera.

      I’m leaning towards the GL2. I will be making videos for my church, but not service videos. We will be doing video announcements (comical interview type footage) and also "Man on the Street" type videos where we interview people on the street. Does this seem to be a good choice of camera? My budget is about $2K for the camera, light, and mic. Is this possible? I was looking at BHCamera and it seems I can get what I need for $2K. Any/All suggestions welcome.

      B&H is a good place to shop and GL 2 will be far enough for church needs, great colors, tones and great lense……

    • #170428
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      Ken Wrote:

      The GL2 is a good choice. I chose the Panasonic AG-DVC30 because I liked the 3.5" LCD monitor. Last time I checked, the DVC30 was going for slightly less than the GL2, but that may have changed. The GL2 has a greater range to its zoom, nice if you need extreme telephoto. For a mic, I really like the Rode Videomic ($149 at B&H). It has a miniplug, which should work with either camcorder. Can’t help you with the on-camera light; I use reflector floodlights on lightstands.
      BHPhotoVideo.com is a reliable vendor.

      My 3 cents worth. πŸ™‚
      Ken Hull

      I second the dvc30 — I bought this over the GL2 a couple of years ago and am very pleased with it.

    • #170429
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      umm im looking for a good camera and ive always cqam back to the gl2 and i wanted something with a shoulder mount but thyre all less quality and i read ken saying you should geta different camera for the shouder mount its cheapoer to buy a shoulder mount piece on like ebay or some other website and use that for like interviews on the street.its just my opinion but ive never had a prosumer camcorder before..

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