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#1 Tim Westover

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:52 PM

Hey all just wondering what you guys have been using for a Practice Cam to use on a weight cage. I've had a cheap camcorder for a year or so that I use with my weight cage but it's pretty terrible and has some weird stabilization compensation that makes the image go out of wack sometimes. Looking to get a better "cheap" camcorder or camera that has some zoom functionality to simulate different focal lengths. I have a small mirror less camera but I'd like something to keep permanently on the weight cage, It's also limited to the 2 primes I have so something with zoom would be great. Thanks. 


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#2 Osvaldo Silvera SOC

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:05 PM

A Used Sony 537 or D30 w a betacam SP back with a used Canon zoom lens from ebay will only cost about $300 complete. Get an upconverter to convert the image to SDI and your set with a real camera.


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#3 Stuart Hutchinson

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 09:12 AM

Yep, Sony 537 is what you need B)


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#4 Keith Wood

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 10:11 PM

There is no shortage of good Sony ENG digital camcorders, CHEAP.  Check Craigslist.  Since you're practicing with it, you can get the DSR300 and be happy.  I don't want to think about what these cost when they came out -- I've got a DSR300 on the market for $250 and a DSR500WS on the market for $500.  You can probably find a similar deal in your area, walk up, talk him down, and wonder why you ever used consumer cams. 


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#5 James Baldanza SOC

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 11:18 PM

I like using a DSLR "APS-C" in video mode because it helps you become familiar with the focal lengths that you would be shooting with if you were on a job with an Arriflex Alexa for example.
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#6 Jonas Bragi Thorhallsson

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:44 AM

I'm considering getting the Sony DXC-537 as a practise camera and have a few questions:

- Can the camera be powered via 4 pin XLR?
- Does the Video Out accept standard BNC?
- Does anyone know if it would it fit onto a VCT-U14 plate?

 

I'm not very familiar with this technology, hope someone can help me out!

 

Here is a link:

https://www.ebay.com...m4383.l4275.c10


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#7 Jerry Holway

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 03:47 PM

It's good to have the ability to zoom in - really test your skills. I suggest you get a small video camera that records digitally (do they even sell tape cameras anymore) so it is easy to play back. Also test your work on the biggest screen you own.


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#8 Mike Harris

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 07:16 AM

Hey all just wondering what you guys have been using for a Practice Cam to use on a weight cage. I've had a cheap camcorder for a year or so that I use with my weight cage but it's pretty terrible and has some weird stabilization compensation that makes the image go out of wack sometimes. Looking to get a better "cheap" camcorder or camera that has some zoom functionality to simulate different focal lengths. I have a small mirror less camera but I'd like something to keep permanently on the weight cage, It's also limited to the 2 primes I have so something with zoom would be great. Thanks. 

 

it would be helpful if you have mentioned your budget.


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#9 Tim Westover

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 12:43 PM

Given it being a camera for practice cage, a cheap camera - sub $500 was what I was looking for. I'm good now, I've been using a gh5 for that amongst other things. Thank you all for the suggestions. I agree Jerry that the zoom function is pretty clutch to have as well. 


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#10 PeterAbraham

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:24 AM

There are billions of digital palmcorders out there. To me the issue isn't matching the lens of a 24,000 lens. It's just getting an image. Fairly wide- you may want to find a cheap screw-in wide angle adapter. And being able to zoom. Yeah.

 

It's going to be easy to find these things. With wide angle kits. Finding new or good batteries? Harder !! When I worked for Tiffen, I built voltage regulators in a small box for each camcorder we used at workshops. That way, the sled powered the camcorders. It mean they had no auto-shutoff after a few minutes and students didn't have to waste time changing batteries. If the batts are a real issue, look into make the ac/dc converter that ought to come with your camcorder into a power supply plugging into your sled.

 

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Peter Abraham, S.O.C.


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