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 afford to spend up to $900 but have a friend who works at future shop so anything from there i can get discounts on.
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 so experience with cameras. Mostly the auto mode on DSLR's but also some of the manual settings
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
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 plan primarily to use this camera to shoot skiing, longboarding as well as taking photos of my upcoming trip to europe.
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 would like a camera that my friends would be able to use, but most of them have experience.
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)
Mostly film for a trippod
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.
Macbook Pro, 2.66 gHz, 350 gb hard drive, 4gb ram
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)
iphoto. I have used it a bit but am not too familiar with it as i have not had quality photos worth editing.
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1) Do you think you might consider using a DSLR?
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?
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?
I will be doing most of the filming but a friend might use once in a while.,
I am currently looking at the Canon rebel T2i, or T3i when it comes out. Also i have found a deal for a Nikon D3100 with and 18-55 and a 55-200 lens for less than the T2i or T3i with only one lens is this worth it or will the canon's be much better cameras?