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Array
01-17-2003, 01:07 AM
Ok, I need 3 digital camcorders for movie production (to be released on dvd), and I have a 9000$ budget. which ones would you guys recommend?

RockinAkin
01-17-2003, 01:28 AM
Well I used this camera to create one of my short film projects with... and it was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Sony DCR-VX2000 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=X9LfTnKOAtffekypOxTVRT2D2tfH12vGWjM=?ProductID=tNkKC0%2eNRqEAAADyWeW0k8GM&Dept=dcc&CatalogCategoryID=pMEKC0%2eN15MAAADyvni0k8GI)

And at $2,999.99 USD, it fits your budget perfectly.

Hope that helps,
-DivideByZero-

Gilgamesh
01-17-2003, 04:17 AM
Canon XL1s are awesome. I'm working on a production right now that shot pretty much everything on one of those. Are you looking for three of the same kind, or are you going to mix it up?

wmendez
01-17-2003, 04:36 AM
Panasonics AG-DVX100 is turning some heads

www.panasonic.com/dvcinema

Valkyrien
01-17-2003, 04:45 AM
Originally posted by Gilgamesh
Canon XL1s are awesome. I'm working on a production right now that shot pretty much everything on one of those. Are you looking for three of the same kind, or are you going to mix it up?

I can personally vouch for the XL1. Great camera to work with!

a friend of mine used one to film his latest film. FUnny thing: it was about two filmmakers who send their first film to Sundance and don't make it in (of course loosely based on his own experiences with his first "The Night Ferris Bueller Died" [check Ifilm.com, it's pretty cool]). He sent the new film to sundance also, and of course was rejected again. Sad but ironic.

cool tangent, eh?;)

alphatron
01-17-2003, 04:53 AM
Best price/performance you'll get for your budget/quanitity is the VX2000. I've owned one for 3 years and at $2999 it's a steal. XL1 and the DVX100 are also both good but more expensive.

MCronin
01-17-2003, 06:27 AM
If you plan your shoot carefully you can probably rent some really great pro HD cams with interchangable lenses for the length of the shoot with that money, rather than buying 3 lesser prosumer cams, with no lenses.

In Chicago, check these places out:

http://www.fletch.com/
http://www.smsprod.com/products.html

You can get a CineAlta 24P for about 3 days with that money :P, but there are other cheaper procams you might want to look at.

There are a bunch of places to rent in Chicago, look around, I never used the places above, but my brother had talked to them about renting equipment in the past, so I had them bookmarked.

MCronin
01-17-2003, 06:38 AM
Here's a big list of Chicago area places that do equipment rental.

http://www.creativedir.com/html/81.html

singularity2006
01-17-2003, 08:31 PM
my question would be.... do u wanna share some of that $9000??? :beer:

hehehee, anyh0w ... I can't even begin to imagine what kind of digital camera system I would even consider that costs that much .... something in the 1K range is already pretty crazy and it seems that others have given their input on that ... so yupyup... I think that's where I'll stop and head off to the coal mines and try to make some green.... :bounce:

MadMax
01-18-2003, 06:59 PM
XL1s

excellent camera.

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