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Old April 30th, 2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Ag-hmc70 / ag-hmc80


I am looking at the possibility of buying an AG-HMC80 but before I pay $2000 for a camera I have never seen or used, I was thinking about buying the HMC70 as a few of them are going for very cheap. Just wondering if the HMC70 is similar enough to the HMC80 for this purpose or are they completely different? Would this be a good idea?

I know the HMC80 is basically the HMC40 in a shoulder mount, but more interested in the ergonomics of the camera rather than the quality as I have used the HMC40.

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Old April 30th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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Hi Mark

Go for an HMC80 It has the same sensors as the 40 but really nice manual controls!!! The nicest feature without a doubt is the LCD built into the EVF so you get a HUGE viewfinder...AFAIK only the HMC80 and Sony EX3 have this feature!!!

I had a pair of 70's and a pair of 80's and both work well!!! The thing that's really neat about them is that you can do virtually everything during a shoot without having to go into menus or use touchscreens....Just remember they are only 1/4" chips but they work really well....another really great feature is the built-in ND filters so you can really just shoot and forget!!!

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