I am considering getting a camera for this upcoming season—while I already have a photography DSLR that works fine for videos, I don't find it suitable for filming action sports. I've also used gopros, but I don't like their filming style (that high-res wide go-pro look) and I want to lean towards more skater-esque cameras.
The real question is if I can mod my current Nikon D3200 to make it a fisheye, or if I should just lean towards a film camera that can do zooms and fisheye without all focus hassle that I experience on this photography camera.
Below I have filled in the sticky questionnaire:
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?
Preferably somewhere under 300$ with plenty of possibility to invest in the future
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 am experienced with cameras. Used gopro 3, 7 for edits before. Currently using a Nikon D3200 for personal projects. Used JVC Camcorders, and Canon film cameras for short films. I can figure out how to use a new camera interface pretty quickly.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
Nikon D3200 with 55m and 200m lenses. Gopro Hero 3, 7, (black) accessories. Camera cage. Tripod with a broken leg.
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)
This camera (if neccesary) would be for filming skiing and b-roll for squad edits. Could also be used for other projects in which dad-cam skater video (dad-cam zooms, fisheye, etc) is stylistically preferred.
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?
Not a huge problem but it shouldn't be a pain to operate. I plan on also being filmed.
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, usually. Open to other styles. My friends are snowboarders which is why I am hesitant to give them a decent setup and prefer to just give them the gopro (even though it looks like shit)
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 use a macbook pro. For some reason I only have 500gb on my drive but i have an external drive or two that I use for storing raw clips when i'm done with projects. I don't want to work with huge files, nor do I want to work with tape.
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 use fcpx and I am probably at a 6 or 7.
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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 want to ski too, so i'm not doing all the filming.
Thanks for the help!