Well, to be honest I consi


Well, to be honest I consider myself a professional. I have worked for Gospel music channel, shot an indie feature, and won some awards for 48-hour filmmaking. My reasoning for the thread is that I have never felt held back by my lack of the “professional” tools. I use filters but typically only the big three, my lens hood tends to give me all the shade I need, and my manfrotto tripod dolly is one of my favorite tools, I use it every chance I get. Yes I can see that a matte box could come in handy if I wanted a full size glass filter to also help keep debri out of the lens (sand, dust, etc.) but I really think at the independent or freelance level, it’s a bit overkill.

The jvc has a great lens, and I love the camera. My only complaint is that the 110 doesn’t have HD video out, so I can only preview in SD on a monitor. Other than that, it’s my first time using a lens with a back focus, but once I got the hang of it, I think I am hooked on a “real” lens from now on.

I actually built a jib last year for use with a Canon HF10 but it couldn’t support the weight of the JVC so I scrapped it until I could build a sturdier one. I also don’t have the skills to make it functional with electronic pan/tilt so I will probably buy my next one. One of the guys I worked with a few months ago had one that I got to help with and I def see the advantage.

I think part of my reason for not seeing all of the thrill is that once I got serious about film and video I got an XL1 and then my JVC so I always have had shoulder cams so I never really get carried away with the follow focuses and rail systems, etc. because I work solo a bunch and only have two hands.

Thanks for your response, you are among the most knowledgable on these forums and I love reading what advice you have to give.

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