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Old September 27th, 2007, 12:07 PM   #1
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What cameras for survivorman?

I watched it for the first time last night. Seems like a great low budget and fun concept. I'm especially interested in how he shoots some of his night scenes. Anybody know?
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Old September 27th, 2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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I read something in DV Magazine that he uses a Z1 and then a handheld Sony, not sure if it was the HC3 or not. He goes through cameras pretty quickly though...

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Old September 27th, 2007, 03:43 PM   #3
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I've wanted to know the same thing for a while now since i've been a fan for months. Friggin love that show.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 06:45 PM   #4
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Think I spied a z1 on the tripod...

And prolly an HC3 - one of the Sony handycams with nightshot, since they use that a LOT. I'd guess he'll be shooting HC5 or HC7, or maybe even one of the HDD or memory stick Sonys... the HDD or MS Duo should be more durable in harsh condiditons I'd think...

I watched this the other night after seeing another post here - mentioned they thought the small handycam looked better than the z1... I'd tend to agree! Show really hooks you in though!
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Old September 29th, 2007, 05:00 PM   #5
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Got this from DV.com

"Standard equipment now includes two Sony HVR-Z1Us, which handle the bulk of the footage, as well as a single Sony HDR-HC3. “We wanted to up the ante in terms of quality,” notes Stroud of his recent high-def upgrade. “We saw our shots from the Amazon, and we knew it was the right thing to do. The colors are so vivid and beautiful.”

Also thrown into the Pelican is a smaller Sony DCR-HC96, the profile and infrared capabilities of which make it easy to “prop up and do time lapses,” Stroud explains. A waterproof lipstick cam, the $300 Viosport Adventure Cam H20, always ends up getting plenty of work, too."

Also noted he carries 50 pounds of video gear including 45 tapes. Would make you wonder if he plans switching to a HDD camcorder ... just for the saving in space.

Said he went all Sony after using a mix of Sony and Panasonic gear resulted in a difficulty in matching white balances
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Old September 29th, 2007, 06:18 PM   #6
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One of the producers, Andy Peterson, goes here.

I suggested to him earlier about using an HC7 for the next season and have yet to get a response...
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Old February 8th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #7
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this past season he used the sony z1u for bulk of footage...sony hc3 ... backup sony hc96 he says he'll just leave on for time lapses...and waterproof lipstick cam...
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