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Thomas Hughes
Why buy a PDW-F335?
on May 20, 2009 at 4:08:59 pm

I own a PDW-F350 and five PDW-F330s. I need to have eight cameras, so I need to buy two more.

I have the $64,000 question:

Why would someone buy a PDW-F335 for $13K sans lens when you can buy an EX3 for $8500 that includes a lens, or an EX1 that's even cheaper?

When you add a lens to the F335, the cost is so much more than the EX1 or EX3. And I'm finding I regularly have small camera envy when I see a lot of the footage that's shot with them, where they have much more mobility, where you can hold the handle and manuever and get in places that are much more difficult with the bigger cameras.

And as I get older, when I shoot all day with the bigger cameras, they're hell on my back. Does anyone know why Sony hasn't fazed out the F335? and even the F355?

Is Sony simply making money on us older chumps who've always been “big” camera snobs, even when there's no advantage anymore?

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steve phillipps
Re: Why buy a PDW-F335?
on Jun 27, 2009 at 1:35:17 pm

Main difference is CCDs vs CMOS. I've got a big problem with rolling shutter on the EX cameras but others seem not to worry about it. If you do a lot of moving subjects I'd go F355.
Other thing of course is getting your head around card archiving, dumping to hard drives and making backups etc. No doubt it's easier to whip the disc out and stick it on the shelf!

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