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Old February 1st, 2012, 03:02 PM   #16
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Re: Considering GY-HM700 but ? on Memory Card

Yikes thats a lot of cash. How about a used HM700. First model before the 750 and pretty much the same camera.
Or the Panny 130/160 on a multirig. Lots less cost. Batteries etc less money, leaving you some to get the multirig or something similar.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 06:06 PM   #17
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Hey Don

I haven't seen a new one in this part of the world let alone a used one. My supplier has 700's but they cost more than the 750 (they only come with the Fujinon lens so they are $700 more!!!)

I was looking at AC-130's but you still don't have the "proper" EVF which only the EX3 and HM700 series have. One would also have to get use to or put a loupe onto the LCD to use as an EVF. Problem is that I'm so used to shooting with an EVF and the camera on my shoulder that I'm reluctant to change!!!

By the time I buy an AC-130 here at just over 4K and then get a shoulder mount rig and some kind of loupe system for using the LCD as an EVF, I'm almost at the 750 price anyway and I have a camera that's still not a 'proper' shoulder mount!!

I wonder why JVC are so rare over here??? Does the forum overall have JVC rated at the least number of owners compared to the other big names???

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Old February 1st, 2012, 09:07 PM   #18
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Chris, the 7XX series is an awesome camera but keep in mind the cost of the batterys and charger. If you use 2 then it's a WOWlot of cash.

While I haven't personally used the 130/160 as yet the things I've heard about it are 1) good in low light and 2) the LCD is fantastic. Large, clear and bright. Perhaps a EVF wouldn't be necessary. I too was used to using a proper VF but once I got into using the LCD it really wasn't a problem for focusing and the Pannys have focus assist so you might just find it works out for you. As for running shoulder mount style, with the savings you'd realize by using the 130s instead of the HM7XX cameras, even with battery's and other accessories, I think you hsave enough to have a pocketful left over for something like the DVMultirig. I love mine with small form factor cameras and have come to the conclusion I can't live without it. Regardless of what I'm running on it (PD series or an EX1) it's my number 1 accessory for anything I do that's off the tripod.
Anyway just my $.02 worth and frankly I'm leaning more and more towards the 160/130 combo (I'll change my mind again tomorrow) but I do really enjoy helping other people spend their money. ;-)
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 03:43 AM   #19
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Appreciate the information. Will take a look at the 750 as well.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #20
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You can get after market Anton Bauer batteries that bring the price right down.
I have 2 136Wh batteries that each power my GM750 all day and they were under $200 each.
One on them is 5 years old and still going strong.
I used it on my 111E.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 08:08 AM   #21
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Hi Paul

Thanks for the info...sadly my budget this year didn't stretch to two HM750's they were about 2.5K more expensive (each) than the panny AC-130 ... My upgrade plans were from panny HMC80's and I wanted to keep a shoulder mount camera so I'll have to adapt the 130 so when handheld I can shoot from the shoulder!!

Maybe next year???

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Old February 10th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #22
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We have been using batteries from Batteries4Broadcast. They have good prices, if budget is a concern.

You can get 2 90wh Lithium Batteries and a charger for about $755. I have had mine for almost 3 years now with no problems.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 11:28 PM   #23
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At the risk of appearing opportunistic, I am selling a really nice GY-HM700. $4500. Extremely low hours and in perfect condition. Trying to free up some cash for other projects. Drop me a line if interested. troy.filipiak@gmail.com

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Old April 26th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #24
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Exactly what brand of SDHC memory card would be best for it?
I test cards before buying and I found that the yellow-labeled high-speed 32GB cards I buy from Micro Center have worked very well.

Here's my test - Start a recording and hit the START/STOP button repeatedly as fast as you can push it. If it doesn't give you a file error, then the card will work well. This is the case for me with hose yellow SDHC cards I buy at Micro Center.

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Old April 26th, 2012, 02:58 PM   #25
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I'm in the market for a new camera and looking at several including the HM700 with a 7X5BRMU Fujinon lens.
You won't believe this but I just posted my camera for sale with exactly that lens. Just look up the list.

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