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Old August 2nd, 2003, 02:04 PM   #1
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Hi my name is Chad (obviously) and im new to your community. I'm an ammatuer film maker and I'm just now really starting to get into directing. I was hoping that i could get some suggestions on a camera to buy. I'm pretty much looking at the canon gl2 right now and i was wondering if you guys had an suggestions on better cameras within a similar price range. I'll mostly be shooting widescreen action movies, but i'll also be shooting some "jackass" type stuff for/with some friends of mine. I'm a true amatuer in the sense that i really have much knowledge in the camera use and optics... i've mostly been on the directing side of things, but i'm trying to learn more about all aspects of film to better suit me to directing. Anyway thats a little of my background and i'd appreciate any input. thanks again


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Old August 2nd, 2003, 02:33 PM   #2
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Welcome Chad.

Browsing each of the camera/manufacturer-specific forums should help you get a feel for the GL2, PD150, VX2000, XL1s. Frankly, 3-chip cameras within specific price brackets have far more similarities than differences. The Canon GL2 Sony VX2000, for example, are generally considered close cousins, with the GL2 being a somewhat newer model. Ditto the XL1s and PD150, although the XL1s features interchangable lenses and other accessories.

Generally, your results within a camera budget bracket have less to do with the camera than they have to do with your skills. So I'd recommend selecting something you can easily afford (while leaving room for sound and lighting budgets) and just start shooting.
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Old August 2nd, 2003, 02:36 PM   #3
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Welcome, Chad!

The GL2 is a fine cam. In the same price range, there's the VX2000. For $1499 US there is the PV-DV953. In Japan, there is the new GS100 for about the same price or less. Then there's the PDX10. These are all good 3-chip cams for the money.
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Old August 3rd, 2003, 04:32 AM   #4
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I'll continue reading up, thanks for the info ;)
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