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Old Mar 2, 2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default What would you do in my situation? Return my Nikon D800?

Hello everyone!

This is my first post here in the forums but from all the good things I have heard about this place I believe it could be the start of something great! So, allow me to tell you a little bit about myself and my situation and I'm sure someone will be able to easily help me out!

I work as a freelancer, shooting with the Nikon D800 to do things like music videos and other web based videos.

(If you want to skip my lame excuses for why I have a Nikon D800 and I am thinking about returning it skip this paragraph!)
I was put into a real grind when my partner suddenly moved out of state without telling me. He left me with a bunch of work to do and I was put into a state of extreme turmoil to say the least. I ended up sacrificing a lot of sleep to keep some of the clients he had left me stranded with. Along with all this though... I needed a camera very quickly as I had a client who needed filming; what did I do? Went out and bought the Nikon D800, because it was the same camera I was using with my previous partner.

After a couple responses for my "Need Video Partner" in craigslist and talking to them about what I want to be doing, I had two people tell me that the Nikon D800 was not the camera for me and that in my situation I should have a totally different setup. "You want to make music videos not Bill Board advertisements on the side of the highway... The Nikon D800 isn't the camera for you!" -Random guy I met off craigslist who seemed fairly knowledgeable with cameras

I bought the camera from Best Buy on the 21st of February and they have a 30 day return policy giving me until March 23. I ended up not even using the camera for the client I bought it for and now have about 30 - 50 shots on it all taken around my house just playing around with it so I'm sure I can return it.

What do you guys think about that? But wait, before you begin to pitch out camera options hear my out just a bit more!

I really don't have that much money to work with... Although I made it seem like I could just go and snatch a $3000 camera in a flash, I really did have to pour my heart out to a good friend to borrow the money... So, with that being said, perhaps there is a cheaper camera that can shoot some real nice music videos so I could be left with some room for better equipment elsewhere; for example, a better computer, a couple more lenses, etc, etc...
Someone even said that a Canon 60D would be enough for what I am looking for; I'd love to know all your opinions on this. Summed up, what would you guys do if you had about $3000 and you wanted to shoot some music videos for people. I can hold off a bit on the steadicam and the fish angle lens, and I have a friend who is letting me borrow a really nice tripod right now. (Not to say that if somehow I could fit my own into a $3000 budget I wouldn't want to buy one.)

This should be enough information for a place to start, any help would be really appreciated! If you have any questions I'll be happy to further explain anything! Thanks!

Luke!

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 9:23 AM   #2
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Nikon 60D...? Don't you mean Canon 60D...or the Nikon D600...
If budget is an issue and movie capture is a big part of your work maybe look at Sony's SLT models- by all accounts they're pretty good at movie capture and in-built IS will keep lens costs down....
Staying with Nikon, apparently the D3200 is pretty good in the movie dept' also...
One thing to bear in mind- if you drop to a APS-C sized sensor, your wide angle lens options drop a bit... especially fast ones...

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Old Mar 4, 2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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You might want to consider the Panasonic GH3, it is a very capable video on a budget camera.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news...i-says-coppola

My tendency is to question why you would go with a traditional DSLR which is great for taking stills if your only need is video?
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 1:54 PM   #4
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Nikon 60D...? Don't you mean Canon 60D...or the Nikon D600...
If budget is an issue and movie capture is a big part of your work maybe look at Sony's SLT models- by all accounts they're pretty good at movie capture and in-built IS will keep lens costs down....
Staying with Nikon, apparently the D3200 is pretty good in the movie dept' also...
One thing to bear in mind- if you drop to a APS-C sized sensor, your wide angle lens options drop a bit... especially fast ones...
Oh man.. Yeah I meant the Canon I'm sorry.

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My tendency is to question why you would go with a traditional DSLR which is great for taking stills if your only need is video?
Well as I said, I was leaving the decision to my previous partner and he went with the D800; I'm assuming because it has very good low light capabilities and the fact that it's a traditional DSLR allows for us to do a picture or time lapse if need be. It is only now I'm investigating this for myself and questioning whether it is the best option for my situation.
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