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    Hi everyone, Iím new to these forums and was hoping this would be the place to ask about semi pro equipment. This seems like a forum I could get used to with lot of buzzing questions and advice

    Anyway - I am a film student and have been for 4 years. Itís only recently, in the last year or so, I feel my skills warrant an upgrade from handy cam to semi pro with full manual controls. I've had a look around and there have been many camcorders that have tickled my tastebuds, mainly the PMW - EX series.

    To cut to the chase I was really interested in buying the EX1 only to find in the past few weeks Sony has announced a price rise bringing the EX1 to around £4200... I called up a Sony retailer and they told me they have no more EX1's at the original price; however they do have an EX3 at £4,700. Although expensive it still is almost £1000 less than the RRP.

    My question is; am I running before I can walk here and buying something which I will not need or is it a wise buying decision? Bare in mind that when the old stock of EX3's are gone they will retail again around £5,500.

    In my opinion if I buy this now and decide in two years to sell the EX3 the second hand price will almost be the same as what I bought it for.

    I have many many questions but it could take a long time and I canít help feel people will stop reading...

    Thanks for checking out my thread and any responses welcome!

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    Prosumer camcorders sell like computers. They are constantly being upgraded and constantly increasing in price. So, in a few months you'll be in exactly the same situation, just a bit older. You could wait a few months before buying a camcorder but the result is a few months not making movies. The only thing I would hold back on is buying memory cards, they will fall in price. Only buy the amount you need now.

    If you buy a PMW EX3 and you are a serious videomaker, you will grow into it. Whatever you do, it will be "current" for a couple of years at least, probably longer. It is a superb bit of kit and I wish I owned one! my suggestion is: If you can afford it, get it.

    As for "Do I need it?" Well, my kit room is full of gear I don't "need" but I find that, if you've got it, you use it. If you have a decent camcorder, you'll go and video stuff. If you don't have a camcorder it's a lot of effort to hire kit for that short "experiment".

    Quote Originally Posted by Peteyb View Post
    . In my opinion if I buy this now and decide in two years to sell the EX3 the second hand price will almost be the same as what I bought it for.
    Ahhhh... No. That's the bad news. Within six months it'll have lost 25% of its value and will continue slowly downhill. In two years it'll be worth about half of what you paid for it. Just like a car. However, in the meantime you'll have made videos, learnt a lot and (possibly) even made a few quid. More important you'll have gained a lot of practical experience. Unlike a work of art, camcorders aren't an investment for the future.
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    Thank you for your reply Its nice to have a warm response, some people in forums can be so cold when responding to purchasing questions!

    I have many ideas for things to film and in particular want to travel round Europe this summer for a month of filming so donít think I could wait!

    Kind of a reality shock how much it will go down in value but when I think about it I will easily be using this every week so cheaper than hiring thatís for sure.

    Thanks again for your reply, has helped my decision greatly

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Guru View Post
    The only thing I would hold back on is buying memory cards, they will fall in price. Only buy the amount you need now.
    Why wait, you can get 16gb cards for £25 for use in the EX1 and EX3.

    Paul.

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    The smart money is buying pro SD DV cameras. Like me.

    None of this pro sumer fakery - get a real camera. I like owning a camera that i can use as a weapon if needed.

    My JVC was £1600 - a year old was £7000 new I think. Then you can wait for real professional HD cameras to get to the place where you can afford then and in the mean time can learn to use a real camera.

    I am also yet to see a pro sumer camera that has a view finder that is more than a toy and flip out screens are for mooks - lols.

    But you wouldnt want to take the beast on a EU road trip.

    And you can spend the rest on camera support and lights and decnt mics and crack and hoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    I am also yet to see a pro sumer camera that has a view finder that is more than a toy and flip out screens are for mooks - lols.

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    You should have a look in an EX3 screen/viewfinder or better still, my EX1 flip out screen with a hood loupe pro attached, imagine a viewfinder in HD and you'll get the idea.

    Paul.

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    That aint a proper finder on the ex1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    That aint a proper finder on the ex1.

    Straight out of the box i agree, it's a standard viewfinder on the rear and one of the best flip out screens you'll see on the side, but when you attach a hood loupe pro onto the screen, it converts that excellent screen into a viewfinder.

    Next time you come to mine i'll show you, you'll be impressed.

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    Yea - it is the best flip out I have seen but a screen is not a viewfinder and a fish is not an onion.

    I got my DV tatoo yesterday - how is your ' EX1 RUles ' tat healing ?

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    I've had a drastic re-think. Here we go.

    So listened to what Mark W said and you've got a damn good point. The money I have left from buying a cheaper camera I can use towards lighting etc Oh and crack hoes - I JOKE

    The Canon XL2, although slightly out dated does feel nice to use, (briefly tried out the handling before) not a bad picture too and most importantly costs £1500 of ebay giving me almost 3 grand to play with. Although I could name 101 reasons why HD is useful to me as well as having the choice to crank the frame rate I donít think I can justify the spend without allowing for microphones, lighting, filming budget and webspace.

    Anyone tried out the XL2?

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