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Cory Gadke
Looking at AF100 to add to HDX900, need advice!
on Apr 20, 2012 at 4:04:17 pm

Hey all,

Ive been sent out by my boss to find a second camera for our production compay. Mainly for b-roll, but used as a second angle for interviews if needed. We currently own a Panasonic HDX-900, But are looking to get something more versatile. For example - I set up the interview, and all the lights with the 900. Then leave the director to interview, Knowing he only has to stop and start the camera, and occasionally check the monitor, Doing this to save time on location, or even send out another body to capture some easier shots.

I've been looking at the Panasonic AF100 with a few lenses. I am familiar with DSLR's as I do photograpy on the side, so this camera would be no problem for me to learn quickly.

I have done my research, But the reason I am posting is that I need some information to tell my boss. All he wants to know are the main differences between a camera like the HDX-900 (around $60,000 with lens and accessories) and the AF100 (around $10,000 - $12,000 with accessories).

Obvious Reasons are the lenses, Dynamic range, Low light capabilities and overall Ease of use while running and gunning.

So if anyone here has the knowledge of both camera's or the knowledge between two cameras of each calibur to kind of point out the main difference's just to reassure him before the purchase that would be great!

I am also posting this in the Panasonic Varicam forum,

Thanks in advance!


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Tim Vaughan
Re: Looking at AF100 to add to HDX900, need advice!
on Apr 20, 2012 at 4:44:20 pm

I can't compare the differences completely, but I do know the AF100 records to AVCHD at 4:2:0 --while being able to record 4:2:2 via HD-SDI out to an external recorder. The 900 is tape based DVCPro HD. I wouldn't recommend the 100 for run-and-gun type situations as a fixed lens camera is going to allow much more flexibility. That being said, interviews and other more "set up"/planned type of filmings should generate great results overall.
On a separate note, I am selling my AF100 complete with 4 lenses, 2 64gb cards and tripod on ebay right now. Alot less than the $10k and I can honestly say it has been well cared for. I'm a motion graphics/3d animator and the camera is just too much for me to focus on when I rarely film. My needs revolve around a simple fixed lens "point and shoot", and hire a pro to do the larger jobs. That's really the only reason I'm selling. I've been extremely happy with the camera otherwise, and the results are better that I originally thought.
I hope my earlier answer helps, regardless. There are some great reviews on both cameras online for specifics otherwise.

Tim

Tim
Apple XRAID, XServe, MacPro, Macbook Pro, XSAN, FCP Studio (7), AVID Media Composer
Apple Monitors, Flanders Scientific Broadcast, Panasonic AG-AF100
Adobe Production Premium, Maxon Cinema 4d
Beer fridge fully loaded.


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Cory Gadke
Re: Looking at AF100 to add to HDX900, need advice!
on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:31:09 pm

Awesome thanks alot for the info Tim, we were actually looking at the Atomos samurai for recording aswell. As we are running a few avid suites and that recorder makes avid files. which is really hand.

I may be interested in your ad. Im new to creative cow, so if at all possible PM me with some more info?

Thanks!


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Tim Vaughan
Re: Looking at AF100 to add to HDX900, need advice!
on Apr 20, 2012 at 9:32:55 pm

I don't see your contact info in your profile. You can e-mail me directly at tim@impactmediaworks.net. Thanks Cory

Tim
Apple XRAID, XServe, MacPro, Macbook Pro, XSAN, FCP Studio (7), AVID Media Composer
Apple Monitors, Flanders Scientific Broadcast, Panasonic AG-AF100
Adobe Production Premium, Maxon Cinema 4d
Beer fridge fully loaded.


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