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David Safford
Equipment suggestions for reality shoot?
on Nov 8, 2012 at 12:38:49 am

I shoot a reality segment for the Weather Channel and I'm in the market for some new gear, and I'm wondering if anyone who has worked in a similar situation has any suggestions for camera and a tripod. I've been shooting with Sony XDCam, and there's two things I don't like about it:

1 - when I switch from manual iris to full auto mode then back to manual, it forgets where I had the iris set. I frequently find myself switching between two lighting situations and it would be really helpful if it had a memory on this. I've shot on Sony's before that did (I think the V1U did).

2 - My wrist gets pretty sore after holding it for a while (not sure if there's a way around this one)

Also, the tripod I've been using is simply too much of a hassle to set up on the fly. It's got a beautiful Bogen head on it, but the sticks require too much time to adjust (I think they're Manfrotto). Anyone have any suggestions for a tripod that's made for rapid setup?

Thanks! As I won't be near any major AV stores for a while, any feedback is appreciated


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Equipment suggestions for reality shoot?
on Nov 8, 2012 at 9:03:32 pm

Look at Cartoni sticks

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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