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John Kingman
With roughly $3,500 to spend, what digital video solution is best?
on May 24, 2010 at 4:48:07 pm

Hi everyone,

I've been trying to figure out what to get for a new digital video camera. I'm mostly thinking 5D MkII. The reasons are:

Interchangeable lenses, I have a number of Canon 35 lenses already.
Great low light
Inconspicuous for shooting video. New York teens tend to get real annoying when they see a video camera, but not what looks like a regular SLR.

I've also looked at the XH A1 from Canon and the Panasonic AG HVX200A

So really, any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Maybe I get a 7d and save the loot, or buy a few more lenses and a bigger CF card. I don't know, you tell me.


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John Fishback
Re: With roughly $3,500 to spend, what digital video solution is best?
on May 24, 2010 at 9:07:30 pm

This has been discussed many times. Search on the 5D and 7D and lots of info will be available.

John

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Mark Suszko
Re: With roughly $3,500 to spend, what digital video solution is best?
on May 25, 2010 at 2:18:19 pm

You can't really say what's best until you know what the job is that the rig is intended for. DSLRs are great for some things and less so for others.


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Bob Cole
Re: With roughly $3,500 to spend, what digital video solution is best?
on Jun 7, 2010 at 2:54:42 am

[John Kingman] "New York teens tend to get real annoying when they see a video camera, but not what looks like a regular SLR."

What's really really annoying is when they decide they want their own camera - - specifically, YOUR camera. Given your subject matter and time of day (night) shooting, I'd buy a 7d and invest the savings in a big scary assistant.

Less to lose, always nice to have some crew, and safer for you.

You can get some fast primes for the 7d.

Good luck!


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