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Old June 7th, 2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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My wedding videography equipment checklist

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NOTE: The list was made with everything from B&H to keep it simple, I know some things cost less in other places.

I'm still looking for a better light, so the one I have will most likely change. Any tips?

I'm not buying just yet, but I am heading over to B&H's superstore tomorrow just to get a more hands on feel for the equipment.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #2
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Reveiw of that tripopd

http://www.videomaker.com/article/13346/

Not bad. Most will be skeptical of anything less than a Libec 36 model @ $750
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Old June 8th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #3
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Count me in that skeptical crowd. I don't see how a $169.95 tripod is going to be very useful except for locked down shots.

I was intersted in small and lightweight when I got my XH A1, so I initially bought a Libec 22. It was marginal for the camera, didn't go high enough and had that "bounceback" that all the cheap tripods have. The bounceback was controllable and overall the tripod was acceptable if you wanted small and light as two of your primary requirements.

However, it wasn't quite good enough for, say, tilting up or down a subject when zoomed in all the way. I had to lock the pan to do that without wobbling. For shooting interviews, it was great. I sold it and got the Libec 38, which is under $600 at Tapeworks Texas. It feels just about right for the Canon, although a Libec 55 would be better. The 38 is heavier than the equivalent Gitzo, but costs less than half as much.

For shooting weddings, I think the Libec 22 would be adequate as long as you don't have too much else on the camera. I use the Canon TA-100 adapter plate (so I can switch easily to full size tripods with standard 3/8" threads for using a teleprompter), and after I got that plate the Libec 22 felt a bit undersized. If you just use the camera, no matte box, plate, etc., it should be OK.

Maybe I'm a skeptic, but I really have never seen a tripod under the price of the Libec 22 that I consider very useable for this camera.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 12:52 PM   #4
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I say no to the tripod and the light, tripod is too cheap to be any smooth, light won't be any good unless you are within 3 feet of your subject.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #5
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Ya I the tripod will definetly be changed to something better and any suggestions on lights?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 03:45 PM   #6
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Do B&H sell Prozac?
There's something depressing about weddings.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 04:04 PM   #7
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Sony HVL LBP with a CTO is a good light, decent widespread, enough power and has a intensifier for long distance.
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You sound like Marvin out of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #9
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Well, it's probably not coincidental that the same suit you buy for a wedding also works perfectly for a funeral.
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Old June 8th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #10
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back on message...Lookat the LPMicro. Good spread, good coverage, light weight...maybe it'll work for you.
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back on message...Lookat the LPMicro. Good spread, good coverage, light weight...maybe it'll work for you.
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I heard it doesnt throw nearly enough light for a ballroom event
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Old June 8th, 2008, 11:48 PM   #12
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Also, this may sound really newbish but have to ask.

Will the lens hood that comes with the XH-A1 still fit after I put on a wide angle lens? Or should I be looking for a matter box.
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Also, this may sound really newbish but have to ask.

Will the lens hood that comes with the XH-A1 still fit after I put on a wide angle lens? Or should I be looking for a matter box.
The Canon wide-angle adapter for the XH-A1 comes with a lens shade that is similar to but much bigger than the stock lens shade.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 12:16 AM   #14
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I found the XH-A1 for much cheaper at us1photo (about $135 cheaper) and no shipping and tax.

So I decided to add a Pag C6 for my lighting.
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The Paglight has that umbilical cord along with the huge shoulder pack full of ancient Ni-Cads, doesn't it?. I'm sure there's an on-board Li-ion battery pack coming along soon - and it should be worth the wait.
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