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My friend, he is just that, a student studying film…not a professional cinematographer…or a videographer. He is learning; I still do not understand your motivation for suggesting he invest so much of his most likely hard earned money (when he might have loans to pay off in the future, books to buy, other fees related to college) on one piece of equipment. This is not very sound advice for someone who considers themself a professional, in my opinion. He is "safer" learning and honing his abilities as a filmmaker with a less expensive…less economically straining camera…especially if it is only his money he is investing into this.
I think 1600 is too high for a vx2000. 1600 – 1750 is OK for a vx2100, but not a 2000. I think you were right to not spend over 1600 for a 2000 – even that may be a bit high, in my opinion – I’d prefer $1200 – $1400.
If you’re a serious video student, you’re going to have to spend $1600 (used) – $2500 (new) or more on a camera alone. Then you still have mics, tripods, etc., etc. – the list is non-ending. Obviously, you’ll be safer with a new camcorder.
I don’t know your situation, your age, etc. But something doesn’t sound right about your dad limiting how much of "your" money you can spend. There comes a time when a guy has to move out from under dad’s roof and stand on his own. So long as your under his roof, diplomacy is your only option.