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Yeah the DVX is still awesome for creative video. But he said he wants to shoot in HD, so stick with the HVX.
Its a great camera and pretty much the standard for low budget films because of the image control options. The only thing you have to worry about is the P2 media, as it stands it is very exspensive. So instead of buying a bunch of P2 Cards I would recommend having a laptop(or desktop even) on set where you can dump all the footage onto to clear the cards up.
You CAN get some short depth of field (film look) on the stock HVX200 lens if the scene is set up right. But to get that true 35mm Film look you will need an adapter.
I have the Letus Extreme on my Canon XH-A1. I have been pretty happy with it. Although I do get a lot of grain issues (where you see the ground glass grain). The difference between the Letus Extreme and Redrock M2 is that the Letus uses a vibrating glass, while the Redrock uses a vibrating glass. They both have thier benefits.
I have tested both and I find the Redrock gives a nicer film look. The letus is too “dreamy”. The only thing about the Redrock is that it uses up a lot of light, A LOT of light. Make sure you can light the scene enough.
Another adapter I hear good things about is the SG Blade (www.shoot35.com)
Hopefully that helps you out.