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Huge94
12-18-2010, 12:12 PM
I bought my first camera, a Sony PD150, about a month ago for a very good price. Now I'm waiting on getting a good enough editing computer which should be pretty soon.

I haven't heard a lot about this camera, any tips/hints form actual users? Do's and dont's ?

Murdock
12-18-2010, 01:28 PM
DO go shoot something. DO NOT sit around doing nothing.:) I can't do any better than that.

ryanmortonuk
12-18-2010, 03:42 PM
I used this cam for 2 years in my first two years of university. It's a good camera, getting a bit dated now IMO. You can get some great looking footage with it though, pretty good low light. Definatly a great camera to learn on, make sure you set it up to manual for the best results :) .

Uranium City
12-18-2010, 04:38 PM
Documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Salesman, Grey Gardens) once spoke highly of this camera:

http://www.filmireland.net/exclusives/maysles.htm

Huge94
12-18-2010, 05:35 PM
DO go shoot something. DO NOT sit around doing nothing.:) I can't do any better than that.

I can't wait to start shooting, but I don't have the computer to do something with the footage so for now I'm only testing out the features etc.

Also, when I do start shooting, I was looking at buying this : http://www.raiddiskstore.com/cobracrane/steadytrackerxtreme.html

Thoughts?

Thanks for the feedback everyone, can't wait to really test the camera.

Zensteve
12-18-2010, 05:40 PM
http://www.raiddiskstore.com/cobracrane/steadytrackerxtreme.html[/url]

Thoughts?

$300 for a hand-held stabiliser? :eek:

PD150 is good camera, yah.

Huge94
12-18-2010, 06:06 PM
$300 for a hand-held stabiliser? :eek:

PD150 is good camera, yah.

I heard good things about it though.

Any cheaper recommendation ?

David.rhsc
12-19-2010, 12:33 AM
http://www.google.com/search?q=pd150+diy+steadicam+mount&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Huge94
12-19-2010, 01:17 AM
I did look at the DIYs, but I'm useless with tools (and I don't have any) so I'm probably better off buying one.

David.rhsc
12-19-2010, 02:13 PM
Fair enough.

Seems spendy, but if the load specs let you carry it over to your next camera and it's decently made then it might be worth it.

Flicker Pictures
12-19-2010, 02:19 PM
I have shot a few short docs with the PD150 and it's a nice rig. As noted above, it is still STANDARD DEF, which does make it dated, but under the right conditions and in capable hands, it will serve you well.

Documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Salesman, Grey Gardens) once spoke highly of this camera:

Speaking of Albert Maysles... I've shot and edited a few projects with one of his alums Sean Tracey out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His doc The Jesus Guy was shot entirely with the PD150.

http://www.jesusguy.com/

I'm not religious at all, but it was an interesting project.

Huge94, maybe you should get a copy to check out?

* I will add that footage from the PD150 tended toward the RED... so be sure to WHITE BALANCE and expect to color correct when editing. Desaturating just 10-15% always seemed to make for a better looking picture, especially with skin tones.

Huge94
12-19-2010, 04:55 PM
Excellent stuff everybody, thanks for the feedback.

I've been looking at the DIYs for the stabilizer and decided to take it in my own hands as some kind of Christmas holidays project. Bought everything today, cost me around $35 CAD. We'll see how it goes.

mahdy
12-23-2010, 07:36 PM
So, how much did it cost to buy? I mean u said good price, didn't u?