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Old January 29th, 2014, 06:24 AM   #16
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Oh dear - when we bought out CX730s they were few and far between - now though they seem to be pretty non-existent.

There is the NX30 though which is memory serves me right is pretty much the same capture capability plus XLR audio and the stupid projector thing.

Any other competitors to the CX730?
I believe this is the replacement for the 730

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PJ780-F...rds=sony+pj780

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Old January 29th, 2014, 06:37 AM   #17
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This was the reason that I sold my C300 as the image was just too good compared to the 5D2/5D3. The only real solution is to have matching models. In my case three C300s for shooting weddings would have been nuts but even three C100s couldn't be commercially justified for the prices we can charge. If you can adjust your shooting style to use just two cameras then two C100s might be affordable. I have spent far to much time in post fixing up & matching different cameras where the simple solution would be to use the same model.
Exactly why we have matching camera 'sets' (either matching camcorder sets or matching DSLR sets - yes we have too many cameras!) and don't mix and match wherever possible.

I don't use the C100 for anything other than corporate / single camera shoots, although I've found the little HF-G10 can be made to match in some circumstances.

Also, I find mixing brands to be just as painful because Canon/Sony/Pansonic colours matrix settings don't match very well. Get the skin tones right and the greens or blues won't match etc. Get the greens right and the reds are wrong etc. Maybe some people don't bother, I'm not sure.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 06:47 AM   #18
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Regarding the Canon 550 unattended at the back of the church, i would never attempt this. My model overheats at about 30-40 minutes.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 06:49 AM   #19
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Regarding the Canon 550 unattended at the back of the church, i would never attempt this. My model overheats at about 30-40 minutes.
1) Do you have the battery grip, which takes the battery out of the body and in to the grip?

2) Do you disable the LCD while shooting? That alone makes a big difference to over heating.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:22 AM   #20
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That's good advice. I'd try it but it's up for sale. I moved on to 70D + EA50.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:28 AM   #21
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My mistake - this has the same sensor as the CX730

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Old January 29th, 2014, 08:01 AM   #22
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Cheers Peter, goof price on Pixmania. Kind of annoyed I'd be paying for a stupid projector feature though.

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Old January 29th, 2014, 08:39 AM   #23
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I wonder if a 70D would do as my other front corner un attended shot. Would the autofocus definately pick out the bride and groom rather than the guests in the church behind them? I assume you can set a spot focus point? But then if the B&G moved, you footage becomes useless
Exactly. The entire point of choosing the 70D would be for the live focus and it's best use is as the camera you are using. In moments of constant change (like the processional) it's brilliant. I keep my finger on or near the screen to make sure it doesn't switch to a different face, though, as the facial detection is good.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 03:48 AM   #24
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I love to play with new kit as much as the next man and I can always be relied upon to rationalise its purchase. So I'm grateful that every now and again I'm brought back down to earth with a bang - this morning it was receiving an email from Creative Video informing me that I can pre-order the Arri Amira and the most economical version is just 25,980.

Anyone else here going to rip their customers off by not ordering a couple :- )

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Old January 30th, 2014, 04:04 AM   #25
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Its price tags like that that make 1100 for a Canon 6D feel like a very reasonable expenditure!
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Old January 30th, 2014, 05:52 AM   #26
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I love to play with new kit as much as the next man and I can always be relied upon to rationalise its purchase. So I'm grateful that every now and again I'm brought back down to earth with a bang - this morning it was receiving an email from Creative Video informing me that I can pre-order the Arri Amira and the most economical version is just 25,980.

Anyone else here going to rip their customers off by not ordering a couple :- )

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I got the same email.

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