Sorry guys but in the thread i read before it seemed like nobody got responses there so i just copied the list of things to ask myself.
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?
up to 1000 or a bit over but i would be fine with a cheaper body and a lens that would make it better.
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 take a video editing class and my brother and i are both decently good but not great.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
nada but i can snag a tripod from my class and borrow it.
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)
skiing and skateboarding and edits and such. my brother and i want to make a somewhat legit season edit.
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?
my twin brother and i will be sharing the camera about 50/50
but i will not let my friend use it prolly.
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)
some follow cams but not off jumps and some tripod but not really leaving it there unless were doing urban.
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.
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)
looking into that too soo, suggestions? i have imovie currently
my friend suggested the d5100 but i wanted some other opinions. thanks guys, sorry for the pointless thread