1) What is your budget? How much money can you spend right away, and do you think you can get more money to invest in the future?
........ I can spend around 500 to 800 but i would definitley prefer to keep it on the lower end of that scale but post anything in that range
2) What experience do you already have with cameras? Have you ever even used one before? Have you helped your friend out with his camera? Have you owned your own?
I have a friend with a VX1000. I hve done a small amount of filming but nothing technical. I have owned a Flip and i can use my dads cannon HD. i dont have much expereince but i have dabbled in using cheaper cameras. I have filmed quite a bit with point and shoots. but dont let this phase you i am ready to learn all i can.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
I have a cheap tripod and a Flip
4) What are you planning to shoot and how do you want to use your camera? Are you going to use this with the sole purpose of shooting skiing? or do you think you might try other stuff as well (movies, documentaries, short films, etc)
I would use it for bit of skiing but cimetography is very intriging to me and i want something that has a lot of creative options. I would love to make short films movies etc.
5) Do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that could or could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will you be doing all the filming?
I want a good quality camera and if it invovles a tricky and complex interface that is fine. My main goal is to keep creative options.
6) When filming skiing, how do you tend to shoot? (follow cams, leave it on record on a tripod and hike, film from a tripod, etc)
I would probly do a mix of follow cams and tripod shooting.
7) What computer do you currently have/use to edit (if not currently editing, what would you most likely use)? If you can provide specifics, such as hard drive space, RAM, processor size, that would be great.
I dont edit yet but i have a super beefy computer that has around 5 gig of RAM and a lot of processing power
7) What program do you currently edit on? How familiar are you with it (1- just learning; 10- I can make tutorials and know the keyboard layout)
I dont edit but i am ready to learn and stuggle if need be plus I have friends that are pretty skilled with both Vegas Pro and Final Cut
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1) Do you think you might consider using a DSLR?
I would love to use a DSLR but i am looking more for a video camera not a still but if there is something like the T2i that can do both very competently but a bit cheaper than the t2i i am open. (I am considering the T2i i just want to look at more options
2) Do you have any knowledge about the HDSLRS?
3) Do you know the limitations to using HDSLRS?
4) Are you willing to take the time to learn about a DSLR, and how to shoot with manual lenses?
For sure i am open to the learning process
5) Again, do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that could or could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will you be doing all the filming?
It would be nice but i dont want to sacrifice creative ability in the name of a simple UI. If there is something that can be used simply but has cappacity for complexity that would be prime