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Old September 8th, 2017, 05:13 AM   #1
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Getting rid of everything....

Seriously considering getting rid of my entire collection of camcorders and using my iphone5s. I am a hobbyist and have acquired a Canon XL2, JVC HD110u, Sony PD150 and PDX10. All of these cameras were acquired over a few years and i have not invested a fortune in them. They all work perfectly and produce some nice results. However, I am finding more and more that I am using the Iphone as it is so convenient, takes decent video if used correctly with the right accessories, and I always have it.

Anyone else had a crazy idea like this? I could see doing it and then regretting it....

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Old September 8th, 2017, 07:31 AM   #2
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Re: Getting rid of everything....

I used to have a VX-2000, PDX-10 and HVR-Z1U but they are all long gone. Still have the original XDCAM-EX-1 all tricked out with a mattebox and Century/Schneider wide lens. I don't use it a lot, but would not want to give it up unless I got something better. I really like the all the image control, ergonomics and larger sensors of a "real" camera.

As for the others, I wouldn't think twice about getting rid of any SD cameras. They were great in their day, but I just don't see any need for them now, and working with tape is just a pain. I have an iPhone 6s Plus and agree that it is just great for family video and snapshots. The fact that it goes everywhere I do is a huge advantage in itself. I also have a Nikon D80 with some expensive lenses that I rarely use. But I would not want to get rid of it.

Now I used to have an iPhone 5s like yours and my only comment is that the camera on the newer phones is a big improvement. If I were going to ditch all my old cameras, I'd want something better than the 5s.
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Old September 8th, 2017, 09:46 AM   #3
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Re: Getting rid of everything....

I use my mobile phone all the time to capture moments in my family life, like you said, it's the only video/photocamera I have permanently on me and, when a once in a lifetime moment happens I don't have time to run and fetch my videocamera. For anything else I never use my phone, not for my paid video work or when I plan a trip or even go on holiday, in such a case I select my gear based on what I want or have to achieve.
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Old September 8th, 2017, 08:07 PM   #4
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Re: Getting rid of everything....

the only drawback to using the phone is the lack of an eyepiece. i really struggle sometimes looking at the screen on the phone as the glare is awful.

Also, i would miss the great zoom i get with my xl2 using the adapter and the 35mm zoom lens 😀

Probably keep that one for that reason.

it is interesting though how the technology has changed so rapidly.

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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:39 AM   #5
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Re: Getting rid of everything....

I don't think you're crazy (not that I would do it myself). . .I mean do a search on the internet for "iphone rigs" and you will find many companies making handheld rigs and other devices geared toward pro shooting with iPhone. It is truly happening.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 06:51 AM   #6
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For personal use like vacations then iphone/mirrorless/dslrs is a no brainer. For commercial work those types of eng cameras have a place. IPhones are great but no zoom lens, view finder, pro audio.
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