Sorry for a repost but I just found the thread that explained how to ask for help on purchasing my first camera.
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?
My budget is $1100.
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 little experience with cameras, but I have used a friends Canon 60D to film skiing multiple times. I have never owned my own though.
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)
Mostly skiing, but short films/movies would be fun to make.
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 do most of the filming, but it shouldn't be a problem for a friend to use it to film me for any reason.
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)
Follow cams/glidecams and tripods.
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)
Sony Vegas 12 pro. Final Cut pro. On a scale from 1-10 I'am around a 4.
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1) Do you think you might consider using a DSLR?
Yes I have used DSLR's before so that would help out the learning process.
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?
Most of my friends currently know how to use it now, so this should not be a problem.