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Old June 14th, 2004, 05:38 PM   #1
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I am interested in purchasing a small field monitor. Anyone have any recommendations for a good and reasonably priced monitor? Even recommendations for on-board LCD monitors would be appreciated.

I am interested in both PAL and NTSC applications for these monitors.

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Old June 16th, 2004, 12:47 AM   #2
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I just bought the Sony PVM9-L3. B&H Photo Video (www.bhphotovideo.com) has it for $999, which is about $300 less than other places I've seen it. Does PAL and NTSC, and has 450 lines of resolution.
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Old June 16th, 2004, 04:47 PM   #3
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go to ikegami.com and follow the links to check out their LCD monitors. then...do a 'froogle.com' search for the part numbers that you found on the ikegami site. they will most likely come up with 'marshall' part numbers - no problem. good pieces of gear.
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Old June 17th, 2004, 07:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the Ikegami/Marshall info. Very helpful.

On the subject of 8/9" monitors is there a substantial difference (aside from 200 lines) between the 250 line res and the 450 line res for a field monitor?? Of course, the 250 is cheaper but is the difference worth the price when using it on location for lighting and exposure judgements?
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Old June 17th, 2004, 09:09 PM   #5
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thats a good question. i'm wondering if you would only notice it in a side-by-side setup. i'd suggest the obvious - and thats head to a vendor if you can and look an em together. if anyone has the access and ability to do this (i might, but it'll be a couple weeks) it would be great. i'm contemplating a monitor purchase in the near future as well.....
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Old June 18th, 2004, 04:42 AM   #6
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Are you going to use the monitor alongside a camera on a tripod, as a viewfinder? Or just to review footage you are playing back? For active viewfinding, you need all the resolution you can get for focusing. You could think you had sharp video by using a 250-line monitor in the field, but when
you reviewed it later on a large screen, it could be off-focus enough to be unusable.

My little Sony GV-D1000, a portable DV mini-VTR, with a 4-inch viewscreen, takes care of my need for a bigger playback screen in the field, having twice the area of the 2 1/2-incher on the camera.

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Old June 18th, 2004, 06:07 AM   #7
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Playback in the field, judgements on lighting and exposure, and occasionally focus.
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Old June 18th, 2004, 11:48 AM   #8
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I am also interested in a new field monitor. My main reason is like Jim, for exposure, color and lighting decisions.
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