Help me choose my gear and a camera vendor...

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by videoken, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. videoken

    videoken Guest

    (If this is a double post, sorry.)

    Hi, I have done a ton of research on my impending dv gear purchase. I
    already have my MLE together. Now I need to buy a camera and some
    accessories. I am trying to keep this expenditure under $3000 dollars.

    Camera: Canon gl2

    With the current rebate the price is irresistable. I am probably going to
    order it through www.bestpriceaudiovideo.com for $2100. This reseller has
    gotten very high ratings accross the board from all the usual sites. I am
    trying to buy the camera and other expensive items from outside New York,
    where I am based, in order to avoid sales tax. Any recommendations on any
    other very reliable vendors with low prices on this cam? The closer to NYC
    the better.

    Shotgun Mike:
    sa-568 microphone shotgun Good choice?

    XLR adapter:
    XLR-PRO AUDIO ADAPTER Good choice?

    Boom pole:
    G-557 Sport 4-Section Aluminum Microphone Fishpole or Gitzo Lightwave GT10.
    Any real difference between these? Should I get a cheaper one.
    Recommendations?

    I also need a boom stand but I haven't found any models to compare yet.

    Shock mount:
    MZS-CAM Shotgun Camera Shock Mount Adapter Good choice?

    Lights:

    I don't know what to get. I have seen suggestion from lowel to arri kits,
    home depot solutions, etc. The thing is, I would like to do dramatic
    lighting if I need to. I understand if I just want even light a home-made
    home depot kit could be the answer. (I would like to make one actually.) Are
    there any decent 3-4 light kits that offer some creative control for under
    $500 dollars? Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    What reflector or umbrellas should I investigate?

    For my backup camera, which is a canon zr-45, I am thinking about buying a
    Audio Technica ATR55 shotgun mic. Good choice?

    Back to my research!

    Videoken

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    videoken, Aug 11, 2003
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  2. : Camera: Canon gl2

    From what I hear, it's a perfectly good camera. I've never heard of the
    place you're ordering it from.

    : Lights:

    : I don't know what to get. I have seen suggestion from lowel to arri kits,
    : home depot solutions, etc. The thing is, I would like to do dramatic
    : lighting if I need to. I understand if I just want even light a home-made
    : home depot kit could be the answer. (I would like to make one actually.) Are
    : there any decent 3-4 light kits that offer some creative control for under
    : $500 dollars? Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    : What reflector or umbrellas should I investigate?

    I keep repeating my self on the lighting posts. It would really help to
    know what you are trying to light. Interviews? A movie set? Your ant
    farm? There is no standard kit for lighting every thing. That's why there
    are so many different kinds available.

    I wouldn't go with the Home Despot lights if you can afford it. With any
    kind of photographic gear, you get what you pay for. You might consider
    some Smith Vicor lights, but they're pretty flimsy. I've always found that
    when you buy cheap stuff, you end up spending more money in the long run.
    After you get frustrated with the cheap junk you bought, you're just going
    to spend more money on the stuff you should have bought the first time. If
    you buy decent lights, you will have more control of the light, and then
    you can do more dramatic lighting. If you're shooting an X-Files spoof,
    you'll just need a few flashlights. :)

    You're not going to find much worth buying for $500 new. Check E-bay.

    For reflectors I like the 5 in 1 ones like the Chameleon. They serve more
    functions for about the same price.

    -Brian
     
    brian a. henderson, Aug 11, 2003
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  3. videoken

    videoken Guest

    I am not in the position were I can buy a seperate ghting kit for each
    possible situation. I need a jack of all trades lighting kit I think. It
    will be for indoor use, most likely in small spaces that were never meant
    for shooting, like offices, or perhaps a small set. A basic dv lighting
    setup with some creative control is what I need.

    videoken
     
    videoken, Aug 11, 2003
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  4. videoken

    NG User Guest

    The GL2 is a great camcorder, These are some of the accessories I'm using
    with it:
    - Extra batteries (high capacity 945). This is a must have item.
    - WD58 wide angle adapter. I can't do my wedding videos w/o this. Get me
    the shots in tight quaters. Couple with the 20X len, you can go from
    extra wide to see-the-pore close up.
    - Beachtech XLR adapter. After fumbling with the XLR-PRO and have the
    connection wire broke from inside the box, I bought the Beachtech.
    - Seinheiser shotgun mike. It's hot enough for the Beachtech and GL2
    audio section. Very decent sound quality. I couldn't find anyone who use
    the SA-568 when I was doing my own search. The impedance may not be a
    good match to the GL2.
    - MZS-CAM shock mount is OK, but you can't kill all of the handling
    noises. That's why I use a tripod and the ZR-1000 remote controller.
    - For a basic light kit, get some cheap Smith-Victor light stands, lamp
    shades with clamps, a silver umbrella, a reflector, a couple of photo
    lamps of different wattages and color temp, and you have a starter kit
    that deal with almost anything.
    http://www.smithvictor.com/products/detail.asp?prodid=107&id=14&pid=1&s1
    =Lighting+Kits&s2=Photoflood+Kits&nm=KT900+KIT
    Or this ultimate Home Depot kit:
    http://desktopvideo.about.com/library/weekly/aa040803a.htm
    - Definitely, a good set of tripod and fluid head. Perhaps a tripod dolly
    just for fun. A ZR-1000 as mentioned.

    Have Fun,
     
    NG User, Aug 13, 2003
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