Most affordable low depth of field cam?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by SjT, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. SjT

    SjT Guest

    As subject, i really want a cam that will give me a nice soft
    background as you see in the movies.

    I'm guessing with the characteristics of miniDV there's going to be no
    viable options.. but hey, someone out there may know otherwise, or
    have some great tips for me. :D
     
    SjT, Mar 3, 2005
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    Dave R Guest

    You'd need a bigger camera.
    Not limited to miniDV per se, but yeah, we're pretty much stuck with it,
    although you could if include build a lens to sit in front of your camera
    to help you out. Here's a detailed explanation with instructions:
    http://www.mediachance.com/dvdlab/dof/index.htm
     
    Dave R, Mar 3, 2005
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    Trev Guest

    Yes but the so called standard angel of view will be archived on a much
    shorter lens on a camcorder or digital camera then on a 35 mm or bigger
    camera and shorter lens have greater depth of field.
     
    Trev, Mar 3, 2005
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  4. SjT

    SjT Guest

    Hmmm, see i don't get all the lense business, i never have done and i
    need to read up on it all really.

    But how can the film used affect the image that is recorded from the
    lense?! I just don't get it at all. I've heard it said that you can't
    do it on miniDV, but how can the tape format define whether the image
    you are recording has a large or small depth of field?! I really can't
    get my head around it all... :(
    I have no aperture control on my cam (Cheap DCR-TRV18), i have
    exposure control, but i get the feeling that just adjusts some kind of
    digital processing.

    So all i can do is zoom in, which does work ok.. But doesn't look
    great when panning, and is very awkard to get shots how you envisage
    them. :(
    I will look into ND Filters, i'm presuming you mean Neutral Density
    filters?

    I may pop into jessops and see if they can show me the difference when
    using them, From reading about them it seems they can sharpen up the
    image, sounds very interesting.

    I got a uv filter last year and didn't notice much difference, but got
    it mainly just to protect my lense when filming. :)
     
    SjT, Mar 3, 2005
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    SjT Guest

    Crikey.. Cheers mate, will have a read.
     
    SjT, Mar 3, 2005
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    I will look into ND Filters, i'm presuming you mean Neutral Density
    filters?

    I may pop into jessops and see if they can show me the difference when
    using them, From reading about them it seems they can sharpen up the
    image, sounds very interesting.[/QUOTE]

    You might be better advised to go for a polarising filter rather than an
    ND. Much more useful.

    For prices, search on Ebay for your lens thread size , e.g '30mm'.
     
    Tony Morgan, Mar 3, 2005
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  7. SjT

    SjT Guest

    The only aperture i have on my cam is by altering the exposure, and
    i've not seen any difference when using this other than the overall
    image darkening etc.
    Ok, will give that a go, i've been playing with the 'portrait' mode,
    as i presumed this would give me better results.. it's slightly
    better, but nowhere near what i want.

    Will try the sports effects this weekend and see what that does.

    Will look at the polarising filters too, cheers for you help.
     
    SjT, Mar 4, 2005
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