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Old November 18th, 2006, 02:48 PM   #1
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What you would buy for weddings If you would have around $2500.
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Old November 18th, 2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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Sony VX2100. Great for low light situations.
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Old November 18th, 2006, 09:19 PM   #3
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thanks,VX2100 is better than say GL2??
Still better to buy SD camera than HD??

Would be 701RC2 head enough for VX2100??
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Old November 18th, 2006, 10:25 PM   #4
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For $2500 I agree, the VX2100.... if you have $4000 I would say go for the A1 :) The VX2100 has much better low light from what I've seen. I used to own a VX2100, but I've never used a GL2

Although I haven't used the 701 head, I have the 503 head with sticks from B&H, cost about $450 and it works pretty well with the VX2100. The camera's a little light for the head, but it still works OK

Sorry, I wish I could give you better info, but it's my .02 for what its worth
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Old November 19th, 2006, 08:40 AM   #5
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What you would buy for weddings If you would have around $2500.
Consider a used VX2000 instead. Use the remaining dough for some decent audio equipment. (Or buy 2 if all you need are the cams).

I have both, a used 2000 & new 2100 and regret buying the newer 2100.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 10:15 AM   #6
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...and regret buying the newer 2100.
Really? I was under the impression the 2100 had better low light and crisper image than the 2000?
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Old November 19th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #7
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Really? I was under the impression the 2100 had better low light and crisper image than the 2000?
The colors are just a "tad" more vibrant in the 2100 and I see no difference in low light performance. As long as I white balance both cams (which one should do with any cam anyway), I do zero color correction in post to match the footage. The images are practcially identical. A new 2100 is not worth the extra $1000-$1200 IMO especially if you'll be going to HD or something with native 16:9 in a couple of years.

Given the choice between running this biz with "one" new 2100 or "two" used 2000's... it's a no-brainer. A second cam simply adds a new dimension with many more possibilities.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 02:24 PM   #8
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Given the choice between running this biz with "one" new 2100 or "two" used 2000's... it's a no-brainer. A second cam simply adds a new dimension with many more possibilities.
I agree completely Rick. Thanks for the info on the cams
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Old November 19th, 2006, 06:56 PM   #9
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Thanks guys.So VX2000?Good.
I'm kind of glad that no one is trying to convince me into the HD.
Just cant afford it right now.
For me is tough.I have been living in USA for a couple of years but I am going to move back to my country(Czech republic).
Problem is I want to start doing the videography over there but it's risky,it's been so long I've been there.Right now I have Pana GS400 and here are all the cameras really cheaper than in Europe.
So for me risky,either buy camera here ,go back home and see what happens or just wait ,take my little GS400 and If I'll have a chance in the bussiness I'll buy it for more money in Europe.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #10
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What you would buy for weddings If you would have around $2500.

Get a used FX1. (or a new FX7)

The VXs are great cams but why by anything SD now???

The low is better on the but not by much. I have been shooting weddings with the fXs for 1 year now after shooting with VXs for 5 years and I dont miss them at all.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:13 PM   #11
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Get a used FX1. (or a new FX7)

The VXs are great cams but why by anything SD now???

The low is better on the but not by much. I have been shooting weddings with the fXs for 1 year now after shooting with VXs for 5 years and I dont miss them at all.

Hey Daniel,

How much is not much in reality? What lighting do you use for the fx1 now as to what you used for the vx's? Is a 10/20 sony enough for fx1?
what do you use at receptions when the lights go down. I'm in a dillemma regarding pd's/vx's/fx1?
thanks in advance

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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:23 PM   #12
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Hey Daniel,

How much is not much in reality? What lighting do you use for the fx1 now as to what you used for the vx's? Is a 10/20 sony enough for fx1?
what do you use at receptions when the lights go down. I'm in a dillemma regarding pd's/vx's/fx1?
thanks in advance

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I use they exact same lighting that i did with my VXs: the 10/20.

The FX, even at 18db, has a VERY clean image which can be easily Color Corrected to compensate.

Don't get a VX. You will NOT be disappointed with the FX.

I may have 1 or 2 to sell real soon. :)
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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:30 PM   #13
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but doesn't the fx1 wait up to 5 seconds to actually start recording after you hit that rec. button?

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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:35 PM   #14
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but doesn't the fx1 wait up to 5 seconds to actually start recording after you hit that rec. button?

manny.

Yeah.

You can find knitpicks with every camera.

Is that a legitimate concern for you? I have never missed a single moment because of it.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:42 PM   #15
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Yeah.

You can find knitpicks with every camera.

Is that a legitimate concern for you? I have never missed a single moment because of it.
Not entirely a concern for me, however it only took Tyson 3 seconds to bite off Hollyfield's ear, I suppose it would be a disaster to miss that. :)

Anyway I'm still not sure which cam as yet. I'm in no hurry. I'm still re-searching.

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