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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2013, 08:40:29 AM »
I recommend waiting.

I recommend waiting and seeing what kit the college has that you can hire / borrow.

Use the time in the meantime to get to grips with your camera, try the settings, read some books on what kelvins are (very important for video) set yourself little tests like 'today I shall shoot with my lens set to 50mm only' etc.
You will learn perspective.

Unless your college is shooting on ENG's or s16 etc then it's likely that there are EF mount lenses kicking about somewhere in the department.

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket then I would look at decent support.  A tripod.  A Sachtler.  Ace.

Crawl, climb, stumble, walk, run.  You don't need your nike airs just yet.

I won't go to college now. I will apply within the next 2-4 years. I bought the camera to educate myself for now.

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2013, 08:40:29 AM »

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2013, 08:49:08 AM »
I recommend waiting.

I recommend waiting and seeing what kit the college has that you can hire / borrow.

Use the time in the meantime to get to grips with your camera, try the settings, read some books on what kelvins are (very important for video) set yourself little tests like 'today I shall shoot with my lens set to 50mm only' etc.
You will learn perspective.

Unless your college is shooting on ENG's or s16 etc then it's likely that there are EF mount lenses kicking about somewhere in the department.

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket then I would look at decent support.  A tripod.  A Sachtler.  Ace.

Crawl, climb, stumble, walk, run.  You don't need your nike airs just yet.

I won't go to college now. I will apply within the next 2-4 years. I bought the camera to educate myself for now.

Don't make the newbie mistake of buying a lot of gear on other folks advice.

Use what you have.  As you progress you'll hit walls, then buy the gear you need to climb over them.

There are five solutions to every problem, and your problems are not mine, or anybody elses.

I'll stand by the tripod suggestion though.

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2013, 10:30:15 AM »
I recommend waiting.

I recommend waiting and seeing what kit the college has that you can hire / borrow.

Use the time in the meantime to get to grips with your camera, try the settings, read some books on what kelvins are (very important for video) set yourself little tests like 'today I shall shoot with my lens set to 50mm only' etc.
You will learn perspective.

Unless your college is shooting on ENG's or s16 etc then it's likely that there are EF mount lenses kicking about somewhere in the department.

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket then I would look at decent support.  A tripod.  A Sachtler.  Ace.

Crawl, climb, stumble, walk, run.  You don't need your nike airs just yet.

I won't go to college now. I will apply within the next 2-4 years. I bought the camera to educate myself for now.

Don't make the newbie mistake of buying a lot of gear on other folks advice.

Use what you have.  As you progress you'll hit walls, then buy the gear you need to climb over them.

There are five solutions to every problem, and your problems are not mine, or anybody elses.

I'll stand by the tripod suggestion though.

Am thinking of getting an external mic and lenses that's all.
However I still don't know what lenses I should get.

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2013, 03:14:54 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/Tiffen-77VND-VARIABLE-FILTER-Camera/dp/B004Z55VP0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Is this the Tiffen filter that you recommended me to buy ? Will it fit on my camera ?

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2013, 05:59:17 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/Tiffen-77VND-VARIABLE-FILTER-Camera/dp/B004Z55VP0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Is this the Tiffen filter that you recommended me to buy ? Will it fit on my camera ?

That's a good VND.  If it were me, I'll just buy the 82mm if it's available and then just get step rings.  Your filter size will depend on the size of your lens filter threads.

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2013, 06:46:38 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/Tiffen-77VND-VARIABLE-FILTER-Camera/dp/B004Z55VP0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Is this the Tiffen filter that you recommended me to buy ? Will it fit on my camera ?

That's a good VND.  If it were me, I'll just buy the 82mm if it's available and then just get step rings.  Your filter size will depend on the size of your lens filter threads.

I prefer hard plastic hoods over filters and some step up rings aren't well made so they can get stuck in the grooves, so you want to be careful with those.  I have heard stories of people having to cut off the step up ring and it sounds awful.
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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #36 on: August 14, 2013, 09:48:40 AM »
Could you guys post Amazon links to the lenses that you recommend.

Am getting http://www.amazon.com/Rode-Videomic-Shotgun-Microphone-Rycote/dp/B00CAE8PM4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1376488069&sr=8-3&keywords=dslr+external+microphone

what do you guys think ?  ;D

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #36 on: August 14, 2013, 09:48:40 AM »

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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #37 on: August 24, 2013, 06:57:41 PM »
If your main purpose is shooting video, I'd probably steer you towards something that was actually designed to shoot video rather than a still camera that just has video functionality grafted on as an afterthought (as all DSLRs do, IMO).  Don't get me wrong, you can certainly shoot movies with a DSLR, but IMO that's like buying a Toyota SUV to tow the space shuttle.  It can sort of do the job under the right circumstances, but it isn't really the right tool for the job.

You can probably find a used XH-A1 or even an XH-A1S in that price range.  They have image stabilization that actually works well for video purposes (unlike DSLRs).  They have dual XLR audio inputs with phantom power (as opposed to an unbalanced 1/8" connection with no phantom power like DSLRs have), a switchable ND filter, manual control over pretty much everything, zebra stripes to quickly spot overexposed areas, etc.  They're designed to be a "grab it and forget it" all-in-one ENG/EFP package, and they do that job well.

About the only thing the XH series doesn't have is a removable lens, but the superzoom it comes with is reasonably solid, IMO.  It has a 35mm photographic equivalent range of 32.5mm - 650mm (and that's before you kick in the digital zoom) at f/1.6 to f/9.5, depending on zoom setting.  You probably won't want to use it at its widest setting too often because of the barrel distortion, but that clears up nicely by about 6mm (equivalent to a 43.2mm FOV on a full-frame camera).

If you can manage to save up a little more money, I've seen used XL-H1A camcorders for somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,500.  That's the removable-lens version of the XH-A1.  In addition to supporting special-purpose XL-series lenses designed for the XL series of camcorder, it also can be adapted (officially) to use EF lenses (with a whopping 7.2x crop factor).
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Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« Reply #38 on: August 29, 2013, 10:15:12 AM »
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