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Old April 28th, 2003, 06:32 PM   #31
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I agree with Don. I would not get two lenses, nearly identical, off the bat. Spend the extra money on the 3X if needed, or better tripod, or more batteries, or a case or . . . You get the picture, there are lots of things to spend money on rather than two lenses that are almost the same.
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Old April 28th, 2003, 11:58 PM   #32
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Agreed, you are better off with just one of the 16x lenses, plus the 3x, rather than only both of the 16x lenses.
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Old April 29th, 2003, 06:48 PM   #33
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Brad, another thing that you might want to look at, if you're doing outside work is a blimp and a furry for your microphone to cut down wind noise.

As mentioned by Jeff, you'll want a case to hold that lovely camera in and stop it from getting smashed. I have an XM2 and use a plastic toolbox which I bought REAL cheap (NZ$17). While adequate at the moment, it's not particularly convenient and not watertight. I will eventually buy a proper one, but those things just seem ridiculously expensive for what they are....Hey what the hell am I saying, this is the video industry, everything is expensive ;)

Depending on whether you have some help or not, you might want a LANC controller so you can zoom and all that from the panhandle on the tripod and not have to touch the camera. I did a series of workshops at a conference over easter and I've decided I want one of those things real soon. I had to use the controls the on camera and while possible was a little awkward.

You mentioned the FILM DV filter kit. You might be able to do without that and do your stuff in post if you want to save some $$. Some people here recommend just shooting clean and doing it in post, that way you get most freedom of choice.

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Old April 30th, 2003, 03:29 AM   #34
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Thanks Aaron, and everyone else. I'll look into all of these things. So many accessories, so little cash now. ;)
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