I've been asked to go to Uganda to shoot for a foundation that was started by some friends of mine (the foundation) There is not really a budget, so It's pretty much just what I own, or can beg/borrow.
So I have a few questions.
1. Anyone have experience shooting in Uganda, specifically Jinja? A map, because I didn't know where it was My friends have been there often, (adopted 6 Ugandan kids) and have given good advice. Other experiences will probably help me prepare.
2. I own a 5D mk2, and an HVX200. I'm not sure what to shoot on. The footage is for promo pieces that will be shown on their website, and benefits. Here's a quick pros/cons for the two formats I have access too. (yes, I realize that the 5d is mainly a still camera, not a video camera. But the DOF look might help..as long as I can keep things in focus... heh)
- smaller than HVX
- better lenses than HVX (kinda) focal length is 22-300 on 5d (over a few lenses)
- low light sensivity
- Doesn't look like a video camera
- rolling shutter
- hard to handhold, and control focus / exposure
- no zoom control
- minijack audio inputs
- Easier to operate than 5d
- better data rate for video (DVCPRO HD vs H.264)
- Zoom control
- XLR inputs
- Mattebox for filters
- Larger than 5d (but not by much)
- Looks like video camera
- Doesnt' do as well in low light
- not the coveted 35mm DOF look
3. Either way, I was considering some sort of shoulder mount to help with shooting all day, in weird, unpredictable conditions. I don't really want it to look like...well, any kind of weapon. I was told that we are not in a dangerous town, and Jinja is a "tourist" town, so they are used to yanks with electronics. But that said, I think the "gun stock" mount is right out.
Any shoulder mount experience?