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  • AaronTurner 29 Oct 2011 22:45:14 7,522 posts
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    I'm sure that'll be the same in the Panasonic G series though. One great thing about the M4/3 cameras is that they are perfect for using old lenses with due to the design of the system. Unfortunately the M4/3 lenses are still expensive though and it's a major bummer.
  • jablonski 30 Oct 2011 07:43:14 1,755 posts
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    The quality amazes me.

    I used to be well into video and filmmaking up until about 5 years ago, but that kind of film-look from digital was well out of reach. Used to resort to magic bullet software to deinterlace etc.
    We even still shot 8mm film and on occasion 16mm to get the look we wanted, but that was prohibitively expensive.

    To be able to get a digital film camera approaching something like a RED camera in quality (although not 4k) for under a grand with changeable lenses is such a surprise to me.
    Shame the anamorphic attachment is another 1000...
  • AaronTurner 30 Oct 2011 09:19:14 7,522 posts
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    My brother is a film guy, he bought the Canon 7D as he felt it was the best mix between budget and performance. I'm not sure if that still stands, things have moved on I suppose in the last year or so but might be worth checking out.
  • mal 30 Oct 2011 14:41:22 22,006 posts
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    AaronTurner wrote:
    Personally I wouldn't go for second hand, most of the cheaper cameras have shutters only built to last 20,000 activations or so, the better cameras 100,000. 20,000 isn't actually a whole lot, especially when you first start :)
    That's a good point, so I thought I'd check the shutter count on my 5-7 year old second hand D70. According to exiftool run on a JPEG I just shot, it's currently done only just over 4300 shutter activations. So at this rate it should be good for another 20 years or so, at the rate I use it.

    It probably helps that I shoot everything RAW, so shooting thousands of images would take an age to transfer and process on my underpowered computer.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • jablonski 30 Oct 2011 15:58:28 1,755 posts
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    AaronTurner wrote:
    My brother is a film guy, he bought the Canon 7D as he felt it was the best mix between budget and performance. I'm not sure if that still stands, things have moved on I suppose in the last year or so but might be worth checking out.
    Cheers.

    Funny how this thread started on me wanting to get into photography, but has ended up with me wanting to get back into filmmaking again!
  • jablonski 3 Nov 2011 08:59:36 1,755 posts
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    Hi all,

    I've decided to get a Panasonic GH2.
    Mainly for the video abilities.

    Looking forward to getting it!

    Thanks for all your help.
  • Simian 9 Dec 2011 13:39:20 600 posts
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    Hi folks,

    I need some of your DSLR wisdom, please!

    I'm currently umming and arrring over my first DSLR.

    Criteria includes Live View, external mic jack and nice video output.

    Currently, I'm looking at the Sony A35 and the Canon 550d (would be 600d but can't justify the price hike for an adjustable screen just yet!)

    Budget is around 500 max

    Cheers!
  • monkman76 9 Dec 2011 14:18:14 3,409 posts
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    I'll inevitably suggest a Nikon, but the D5100 is excellent for movies and has a tilty screen. Fantastic sensor, same as the D7000 but the D5100 is actually better for movies.
    Ah - don't know if it has an external mic jack though. Which if it doesn't would kind of prove me wrong..
    edit - it does, but is slightly above your budget. I'd save for a bit longer until you can afford either the D5100 or the 600D if I were you, they're not far beyond your reach.

    Edited by monkman76 at 14:21:55 09-12-2011
  • jablonski 9 Dec 2011 16:20:57 1,755 posts
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    A little bit over your price range, but the Panasonic GH2 has astonishing video quality when hacked.
    About the best thing there is without spending out on a 5D MKII
  • PhoenixFlames 9 Dec 2011 16:31:37 8,782 posts
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    skuzzbag wrote:
    Entry level body and a Tamron 17-50.
    This.

    I drive an automatic 'cause I'm too cool to change gears.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • TheRealBadabing 9 Dec 2011 17:12:41 1,198 posts
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    Not sure about the Tamron for video. Amazing lens but mine is possibly the loudest lens I have ever used.
  • Simian 10 Dec 2011 17:51:47 600 posts
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    Cheers, folks.

    I picked the 600d in the end (466 for the body)- seems to offer everything I need, plus in a random ebay purchase the other week, I got myself an unused, mint 18-55 kit lens for 40, pre-emptively.

    Chose canon over the panasonic, due to my lovely canon-using friend having a range of lens that I can borrow :D
  • TheRealBadabing 10 Dec 2011 18:45:55 1,198 posts
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    Great decision, the 600D will last you for years and, as lenses are the most important thing, having some free to try is going to be loads of fun.
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