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Might someone offer suggestions to help me decide on a most appropriate package of video gear?

The equipment will be used by a crew of one, needed over the span of several weeks, in a third world situation, with limited resources.

The budget is flexible, yet not unlimited.
Mobility is a priority.

@Neal: correct, I attempted a search, with some difficulty, I’ll use your keyword tag suggestion thanks.

@PJ: Useful links, I appreciate your effort.
To answer your questions:
Travel will likely include commercial airlines, a prop plane, maybe a helicopter, various sized boats, cars and my feet. I can handle enough gear for one person, standard tape based ENG cameras consume the majority of my experience, as far as size and weight. Shooting this particular story will not require much editing on the road, so a portable VTR is not necessary, though if media cards are used, editing first-cuts on the laptop I’d offload on might be a probable. Deciding between tape v hard drive is a pressing question that I hope to find the answer to here. There is depth to my experience type and amount, though I’m very adaptable my experience in 3rd world situations is limited. DSLRs are attractive, The Canon 5DM2 (with an aux mic) perhaps, but controlling the focus, card wrangling, and the camera’s physical lightness might present a few issues, though that is just an observation from my limited usage with that camera.

by Cameron Walker-Miller at 2010-02-01 23:28:47 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

There have been a ton of posts and replies on this subject here in Lightstalkers. Too bad it’s so hard to search for them.

I suggest you spend a little time in searches for them, and when you find them put good keywords in them so they can be found the next time.

by [former member] | 02 Feb 2010 02:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
These may be a little dated, but may provide some help:
http://tinyurl.com/yg6pb4z
http://mediastorm.org/submissions/gear.htm
http://tinyurl.com/yhpzwso

by PJ Heller | 02 Feb 2010 08:02 | Southern California, United States | | Report spam→
start from how much money do you have to spend?

by BignoseTW | 02 Feb 2010 08:02 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
Yeah, and then probably double it :-)

Seriously, how are you going to be traveling? How much gear can you handle? What are you shooting? Will a DSLR with video work or would you be better off with a camcorder . . . tape of digital? Storage? Editing while on the road? How much experience do you have shooting video?

Lots of questions to answer before you put together a gear package.

by PJ Heller | 02 Feb 2010 08:02 | Southern California, United States | | Report spam→
I agree with everyone else, we need more info, especially pertaining to your budget.
Also, will you be departing from a large metro area where you might have the option to rent Vs. having to buy the gear? And what is the destination of the footage after you have shot it? Broadcast, web, features… they all have different requirements.

On the note of still media (memory cards) Vs. Tape my vote goes to still media. I have been shooting with Panasonic’s P2 memory card cameras (such as the HVX200a & HPX-500) for the past 3 years and could not see my self going back to a tape based system. The memory card system is just rock solid when it comes to hard abuse out in the field. Sony also have a great product going with there SxS memory card cameras such as the EX1 & EX3.
The only drawback is the cost of memory cards and long term archiving although once you have an investment in storage made you are good to go for quite some time into the future.

by Alex Ratson | 05 Feb 2010 08:02 | Campbell River, Canada | | Report spam→
I’m selling an HVX201AE package with a Firestore FS-100. Awesome kit, has done Eastern Congo and Mogadishu without a hiccup- email me if you’re interested.

by [former member] | 05 Feb 2010 16:02 | Berlin, Germany | | Report spam→

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Participants

Cameron Walker-Miller, Cameron Walker-Miller
New York Ny , United States
PJ Heller, Freelance Photojournalist PJ Heller
Freelance Photojournalist
(Freelance Photojournalist)
Southern California , United States ( SBA )
BignoseTW, Videographer/Photographer BignoseTW
Videographer/Photographer
(Tobie Openshaw)
Taipei , Taiwan
Alex Ratson, Photographer / photo lab Alex Ratson
Photographer / photo lab
Campbell River , Canada


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