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Old April 30th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #751
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I have done it half a dozen times, the last time with my Sony FX1 - a rather large camera.

The fact is that you really don't stray too far from a car or some form of transportation all that often. So it does not really matter that the camera is large. Unless you are planning on taking it under water, which camera is really a no-brainer. Take the better one. If you are going to take it on a small boat, you might want to give some thought to taking one that you won't mind losing.

Which island are you going to?
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Old April 30th, 2005, 07:08 PM   #752
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maui and the big island. We'll be doing some hiking.
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Old April 30th, 2005, 08:24 PM   #753
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Then the most imprtant thing is to find a comfortable bag to carry the camera in.

I will be going to Greece in a few weeks and I think I finally found a bag just big enough for the camera. I don't want to carry everything with me every day. Just the camera and a polarizing lens. And one extra tape.
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Old April 30th, 2005, 09:07 PM   #754
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2 years ago I was in Maui doing a corporate job-seminars, some around the pool, some inside etc :-)...anyway since my wife was with me and we were there for 10 days we figured we use some of the down time to explore on our own. Great fun! Point is I had a PD150 with me at ALL times. I used it for the paying work and also for my own purposes. I didn't feel it was too big or awkward at all.

AAMOF, goning back next year to the big island for the same company to do the job again! Can't wait!

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Old May 1st, 2005, 09:25 AM   #755
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If it was me I would take the smaller and cheaper one.

1. You can be more relaxed about shooting.
2. Your wife and kids(?) can use it easily too. Vacations are supposed to be fun. Maybe you will find another movie-maker in the family?
3. It is easier to bring with you when you take that helicopter trip around Maui.
4. Easier to take with you when you ride bicycles down from the top of Haleakala.
5. Easier to hide in your car or hotel room. It will not attract undue attention to your stuff.
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Old May 1st, 2005, 11:33 AM   #756
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On the other hand, if you frame some really good shots, you might wish you had your better camera. It is a tough decision. I carry both, since I use my little camera to rewind and tension tapes for my Sony FX1. If I actually needed the smaller one, I would have it anyway. It fits in the bag with my FX1, as does my still camera. But the bag is too heavy for hiking.
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Old May 1st, 2005, 11:38 AM   #757
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i recently took my gl2 to oahu, and i purchased a splash bag (underwater housing) for it, thinking that i would try my hand at some underwater video.

the best thing about the splash bag turned out to be how it protected my camera from sand, not water. i could keep the camera out on the beach and capture footage at will, without worrying about sand infecting it.

out of the water, the bag's lens viewer actually functioned as a warming filter and helped me film some beautiful shots of the kids. it was only a vacation video, but the skin detail was outstanding.

for beach use, i highly recommend a splash bag.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 10:32 PM   #758
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Advice for durable, light, quality cam.

Total newbi hear who needs advice on an upgrade.

I am just a hack videographer who really enjoys making vids of the backcountry ski trips I have been doing this year. But my silly Canon ZR80 needs to be upgraded.

I am looking for a durable 3ccd cam that is not huge, relatively light, and will shoot a better image than my Canon. I was thinking the Panasonic AG DVC30 might fit that bill. I also don't want to spend 5 grand on a cam because the places I go, they tend to see some heavy abuse.

Any opinions?

To give you an idea of the terrain we are filming, watch a couple of these hacker vids I have made this year.

http://fritzrips.com/pfeifflow.wmv

http://fritzrips.com/twinpeakslow.wmv

Thanks in advance. Great forum here.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #759
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I hear good things about the DVC-30 also. Only drawback is the lack of a high resolution 16:9 mode. You might also consider the Sony PDX-10. It has XLR inputs, a short shotgun mike, DVCAM recording, BW viewfinder and shoots excellent 16:9. B&H is selling for $1,600 after rebate.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 08:19 AM   #760
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Panny gs-400. Small, lightweight, manual focus and iris ring, 4MP camera too.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 11:06 AM   #761
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The GS250 is around 1#. The 150,250, and 400 are top loaders. So, if you got a monopod, can change tapes while mounted .
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Old May 13th, 2005, 01:12 PM   #762
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Panasonic GS or Canon Optura...

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Old May 13th, 2005, 02:21 PM   #763
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Wow!

Please tell us the location? That was beautiful. You guys are nuts, BTW! Did the camera leap-frog down the mountain from skier to skier, so the first person could always shoot the next?

Hope I'm not getting too far off topic :)
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Old May 13th, 2005, 04:30 PM   #764
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Location was the Pfeifferhorn near Alta, Utah. The camcorder didn't leap frog, I filmed when I could.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 04:52 PM   #765
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Panny gs-400. Small, lightweight, manual focus and iris ring, 4MP camera too.
How is the image quality on this compared to the dvc30 in normal lighting?
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