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David Garza
Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 22, 2012 at 4:02:54 am

Hello,

I'm looking to upgrade from SD (Sony PD 170) to HD and I've been researching the:
Sony - FS 100 or EX1R

My work consist of commercial, interviews, wedding, and live events.
I'm expanding into corporate video, music videos and documentary.
I have a total budget of $11K, your advice is greatly appreciated.

David Garza


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Brent Dunn
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:48:27 pm

Why are you posting repeatedly on multiple forums?

Brent Dunn
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Canon 5D Mark II
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with Final Cut Studio

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David Garza
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 22, 2012 at 4:03:38 pm

Trying to gather as much input as I can.


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Kent Beeson
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 22, 2012 at 5:17:03 pm

I've used SONY EX1R for two years now for documentary, corporate, commercial and web tv material. Very good - in fact - http://web.me.com/kbcv/VideoWork/EX1R.html


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Michael Slowe
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 22, 2012 at 5:37:27 pm

Kent, great stuff. I have an EX 1, can you tell us what your settings were for the Washington film, interlaced or progressive, PP settings?

Michael Slowe


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Kent Beeson
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 22, 2012 at 5:54:45 pm

Thanks Michael

Actually I shot the WA film at 24p, some 1280, most 1920, color graded everything by 3-way color in FCP 7 and my own custom use of MB Quick Looks and other filters - I never use a picture profile as I like to have raw shots to play with in post.

And yes, the entire kit is for sale. SONY EX1R is a great camera for what original poster wants to do.

Thanks

K
http://www.effective-video.com


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jim stamos
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 23, 2012 at 7:42:43 am

david,
this is a no brainer, get the ex. ive had mine for 9 months and love it. i came from shooting with a dsr300 for 12 years and a pd150.
theres a 400.00 rebate on it and you get a 16gb card. if youre serious about your craft, youll make back your investment in no time. dont skimp on a camera to save alittle money, youll regret it later.
and i dont miss tape at all!!


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Bob Tompkins
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:49:30 pm

I have six EX1r's and love them dearly.



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Bob Mark
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:44:30 pm

I think the EX cams are a better all around choice. They won't give the shallow DOF of the FS100 without a 35mm adapter, but they are very flexible.

Bob


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jim stamos
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 24, 2012 at 4:49:05 am

i can get a pretty good dof on mine


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David Garza
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 24, 2012 at 5:13:48 am

Thank all of you for your input I truly appreciate it. I decided to go with the Ex1r, just bought it today.
Once again THANK YOU ALL!


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Bob Tompkins
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 24, 2012 at 2:45:17 pm

Congratulations! Make sure you go through the workflow for whatever editing system you are using so that you fully understand how the cards work. That is the biggest frustration for users of this entirely new system.



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Michael Slowe
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 24, 2012 at 6:45:38 pm

David, now you've taken the plunge there is one vital task that I urge you to perform. Get hold of a copy of the DVD by Vortex Media on which Doug Jensen goes through everything you need to know about the EX1 (don't know if it's been updated for the 'R'). This is really important as it'll save you hours and hours and prevent you making elementary mistakes if you're new to the camera and tapeless work. I was given one by mr seller (we do things like that here in the UK!) but it is a MUST. Good luck, great camera.

Michael Slowe


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Ken Boyer
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 25, 2012 at 5:47:24 am

I'll echo Michael's advice about Doug Jensen's DVD/Book. We got the EX-1R in 2010, and bought Doug's Book (no DVD), and it was a great way to get started with the camera. At the time, the book was not updated for the -1R, but I don't know about today.

ken


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David Garza
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 25, 2012 at 10:16:59 pm

Thank you Ken, but I'm curious as to why you recommend the book and not the DVD?


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Ken Boyer
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 26, 2012 at 12:39:11 am

I can't really speak to the DVD, either positive or negative, because I've never seen it. We only have the book. So I'll limit my comments to what I know. We also have the book for the F-800 XDCAM, and I bring it with me on shoots as a reference.

ken


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David Garza
Re: Camera upgrade advice
on Feb 26, 2012 at 2:07:47 am

I understand. I was only asking because I ordered the DVD.

Thank you.


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