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Peter Dorr
F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 14, 2007 at 4:40:54 pm

I am a prosumer, shooting small movies, company introductions and training movies. Currently using an SD Sony DSR 370.
I finally cracked the F330 vs F350 case (FYI, the F350 won) and just when I was about to order it, I found out that a new F355 is on its way. (ok, admit it, I did not pay a lot of attention to the NAB).

So now the questions are:
a.) is a 355 much better then the 350?
b.) will it be much more expensive?
c.) would you recommend waiting for the launch of the 355 to see the 350 price tumbling?
d.) will there be a big "used-350's" market after the launch of the 355?

So guys, please help me out here with a bit of advice.
Thnx a lot for your thoughts
Regards,
Peter


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Nate Weaver
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 14, 2007 at 4:53:01 pm

[Peter Dorr] "a.) is a 355 much better then the 350?
b.) will it be much more expensive?
c.) would you recommend waiting for the launch of the 355 to see the 350 price tumbling?
d.) will there be a big "used-350's" market after the launch of the 355?"


a-Incrementally. Having owned a 350 for a while now, I've learned it falls down when you have to gain up, the MPEG does NOT like noise added. 355 should be much better that way

b-10K more expensive, the rumors say. Which probably means a street price of around $29K

c-I think 350 prices will take a small hit, but not much. Best deals I've seen on the few used 350s have been in the $19-20k range. I can't imagine it going down much more than $1k from there.

d-I doubt it. I have yet to meet an unhappy 350 user or owner, even with the camera's few shortcomings.

If you expect to do a lot of low-light work, or lots of post color correction work, the 355 might be a good thing to wait for. If your work is well lit reality-style stuff, with little post color work, the 350 should be fine.


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Peter Dorr
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 14, 2007 at 5:27:14 pm

Thnx a lot.
This helps.
Given your comments (esp. the 10K +) I deleted the 355 out of my memory....

Now all I have to do is find the best lens for it. I have read that the KH20x6.6KRS is a very poor performer. I don't think I can spend $20k+ on a good lens alone -KH21ex5.7 IRSE or so-

Any suggestions?
thnx

Peter Dorr


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Jiri Vrozina
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 14, 2007 at 8:55:39 pm

2/3' XDCAM hd with US$28,000 price tag and 2' VF will nuke F355 in February.


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Wayne Carey
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 16, 2007 at 7:04:46 pm

[Peter Dorr] "I have read that the KH20x6.6KRS is a very poor performer. I don't think I can spend $20k+ on a good lens alone -KH21ex5.7 IRSE or so-"

This is true... The lens has a tendency to "breathe" while zooming. Check out all of the lenses in your price range but I bet you, you'll end up with the one Sony specs for the camera.

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Nigel Cooper
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 26, 2007 at 10:11:58 pm

Guys guys, where is this information coming from; it's all a bit hit and miss.

Peter, the F355 is only going to be


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jiri vrozina
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 27, 2007 at 12:08:57 am

[Nigel Cooper] "The new 2/3rd inch will be a bloody amazing camera with better colour space and 50Mbps etc, but it is not designed to 'nuke' the F350 or F355, it is simply a 'Broadcast' full-on version, and it will be


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Nigel Cooper
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 27, 2007 at 8:08:23 am

Not sure about 'little bit extra'. In the UK it is going to be about


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jiri vrozina
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 27, 2007 at 8:55:51 am

[Nigel Cooper] "Not sure about 'little bit extra'. In the UK it is going to be about


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Peter Dorr
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 27, 2007 at 9:49:38 am

Guys, thanks a lot for all your posts. It has been very helpfull.
I am not going to wait and/or spend extra money on the Dual Layer capacity only. I don't need that in the foresable future.

However an amazin turnaround has shown up and that is the Panasonic AG-HPX500 camera. a 2/3" camera at around the same price point as the Sony.
I can buy a package including 4 P2 card, being good for 1 hour true HD recording which is absolutely fine/enough for me.

Any thoughts on that one?
thnx
Peter

Peter Dorr


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Nigel Cooper
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Jul 27, 2007 at 10:01:46 am

Peter, the Panny is cheap because it has standard def chips, it is basically a standard def camera with some clever pixel-shifting trickery to fake a HD image.

I personally bought into P2, but sold up and bought F350 instead, I'll never look back.


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Greg Boston
Re: F355 vs F350, pls advise.
on Aug 25, 2007 at 3:50:21 pm

Nigel,

There are more differences between the F350 and F355 than dual layer disc.

The F355 will have a faster transition between live and play, will have SDSDI output, DVCAM mode will also have the over/under, interval record functions, and memory card slot will accept Memory Stick Duo. I believe it will also get the new low noise mode announced with the F335 a few days ago.

-gb-


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