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Old March 13th, 2004, 07:42 AM   #1
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Your mx500 equipment

Hi,
what's your mx500 equipment, microphone, lens, hood, and more...I would to say so I can compare mine with yours, maybe some accessories are unknow for me, let's start:

i have the mx500 (trying to find a hood :-( )
A shure c606 microphone when I have to shot dialogue scene
And a "few euros" tripos (it does not allow me to do panoramic, the head doesn't have a fluid movement)

and you?
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Old March 13th, 2004, 03:01 PM   #2
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For my MX300 this is my list:
  • 3, "2-hour" batteries (good for 1 hour)
  • UV, polarizer, several Cokin filters
  • Manfrotto 128RC head / 055pro legs
  • Apex 191 mic / Senn MZS6 shock-mount for hot-shoe
  • cleaning cassette
  • spare miniDV tape
  • Lowepro Nova 5 soft case
  • DV Caddie
Come on, people, give it up.
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Old March 14th, 2004, 01:53 AM   #3
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manfrotto sort of smooth tripod
quickstream dv drive
hollywood lite steadycam
two big batteries
japanese waterproof suba case for swimming in rivers
raynox 5000, i like it so much it sleeps under my pillow
tiffen dv filter pack
azden smx-2 shotgun
hip pack that always has my canon digital rebel also, ready 2 go...
liquid edition for rescuing much of my film :-)

what i am missing is .....

a sunny / hazy day filter that allows me to achieve deep, good color saturaton on a foreground person, whilst also capturing the saturated colors in mountains / sky several miles distant.

i ge the foreground ok, but these beautiful skys and mountains consistantly look well laundered and faded ...........

i have tried both tiffen and pentax uv filters, no luck ....
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Old March 14th, 2004, 07:23 AM   #4
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Uh, I'm very poor....

Ah what's "Apex 191 mic / Senn MZS6 shock-mount for hot-shoe"?
I don't know, it's a microphone right? It's bettere than a classic microphone with cable?have you a link with price, carateristic...ecc.?

Uao, a professional equipment....
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Old March 14th, 2004, 03:02 PM   #5
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See this thread about the Sennheiser MZS6 shock mount:http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=22417 (It won't break the bank - $50 Canadian.)

See this link for the Apex 191 cardioid mic: http://www.apexelectronics.com

(Which also won't break the bank - $99 Canadian.)

You will need an XLR to 1/8" adaptor/cable, and you'll want a sock for the mic.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 03:28 AM   #6
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Emmet says "raynox 5000, i like it so much it sleeps under my pillow".

Whoaaa... How do you sleep comfortably ?? Don't do it man, you will hurt your neck !! ;-)

My list:

Raynox HD5000 WA lens (it sleeps alone)

43 MM Rubber lens hood (seems to work well when I'm not using the Raynox - no vignetting) http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=116974&is=REG

Panasonic 256 MB SD card

Panasonic AY-DVMCLA Mini-DV Cleaning Tape

Panasonic CGR-D28 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2v, 2800mAh)

B+W 43mm UV Haze 010 (MRC) Multi-Resistant Coating Glass Filter

Tiffen 43 mm Polarizer Filter

I need to get a Tripod one of these days
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Old March 15th, 2004, 03:52 AM   #7
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fit it between your shoulder and neck, plus u get wide angle dreams:-)

anyone want to solve my landscape problem .... ?
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Old March 15th, 2004, 04:11 AM   #8
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"anyone want to solve my landscape problem.... ?"

You mean this:
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a sunny / hazy day filter that allows me to achieve deep, good color saturaton on a foreground person, whilst also capturing the saturated colors in mountains / sky several miles distant...i get the foreground ok, but these beautiful skys and mountains consistantly look well laundered and faded...i have tried both tiffen and pentax uv filters, no luck .
That's a DOF and white balance problem. With infinity, you'll get the background focused, but you have to also white balance that background.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 04:30 AM   #9
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that's what i was wondering about ..... i have printed out one of these blue warm cards... i'm going to see if that helps ...

i saw a nice documentary last night of a woman training for everest in a lush coastal landscape - brilliant foreground colors on her tent & clothes, deep saturation miles distant..... that's what i am after. can't figure out how they do it. (besides having anexpensive broadcast camera of course ....)
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Old March 15th, 2004, 05:43 AM   #10
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You should be able to get that kind of footage with the MX500. The resolution and the color saturation is there. It's a very capable cam.

PS: I put my friend, Buck, under my pillow at night. Buck model #119...and my wife now sleeps on the couch. :-))
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Old March 15th, 2004, 12:45 PM   #11
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That's totally funny Frank because the #119 (100th anniversary edition) sleeps beside my pillow at night.

My kit is a gs100K with no accessories as of yet...
I will get the senn k6/me64 w/ the at8415 shock mount when i finally get audio gear tho.

edit: How's the 191? I really need to upgrade the standard mic on my gs100 and i might not be able to afford the senn for a while.

That shock mount is better than the beyer 86?
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Old March 15th, 2004, 02:55 PM   #12
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I haven't used the Apex 191 yet. Bryan Beas sent me an XLR to 1/8" adaptor, which hasn't arrived yet. Yes, that Senn shock-mount is a lot better. See what I thought about the Beyerdynamic EA86 here:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=22085
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Old March 15th, 2004, 06:54 PM   #13
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Emmet,
Have you tried a polarizing filter?
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Old March 15th, 2004, 07:05 PM   #14
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Speaking of polarizers, I can't get my polarizer to work right on my DVL9500's because I can't see anything! Thanks to their low resolution LCD and viewfinder. On the other hand, my MX300's screens are high resolution so I can actually see when the glare is blocked when I rotate the polarizer.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 10:58 PM   #15
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landscaping....

might just be an exposure thing... is there more or less light on your foreground subject... next time you get the conditons you want go out and play around with f-stops... try going one and then two stops down from 80% zebra;s.... then go one or two up... compare the footage and see if it makes a difference...

Just my two cents...

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