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Sunday, August 15, 2010

All the way to the Canon 550D DSLR Camera

Last April when we the 7 of us first had the idea of writing and making a film together we decided to shoot it digitally of course. We were so concerned by the camera we are going to use because there were so many points to think of like quality and price of course. We had limited amount of money. We thought that it was better to invest the money we had in a camera that we could use in other projects later. We were going to have a bank loan to buy the camera we need and the most important equipments in shooting or audio too. We could just use them later for future projects or even rent them in the studio we were thinking of making so we could repay the bank.


At the beginning we were thinking of getting the Panasonic HPX 300 which is a great camera but very expensive. It costed almost 60,000 L.E which are about 10,000$. You can know more about it in the following link:
Panasonic AG-HPX300

We didn't want to rent it because we found out that renting would cost us more than actually buying the camera in the long run. We looked for cheaper cameras and we were very close to get the Panasonic HPX 170 and it was about 30,000 L.E or 5,000$. You can also know more about in the following link:
Panasonic AG-HPX170

By the time we were about to buy it, we found out about the new canon DSLR cameras that shoot videos in HD quality with manual control settings. We tried to ask many people about the quality of these cameras and almost everybody recommended the Canon 5D Mark II or the Canon 7D. Some were skeptical about them because of the rolling shutter problem.
Canon 5D Mark II

But there was a feature film called "Microphone" being shot here in Alexandria in April with the Canon 7D. Mohamed Zidan who is one of us was working in that film and he was really impressed by the quality that relatively cheap camera gives and the chance of using different types of lenses that give you that cinematic film look. You can know more about the film "Microphone" in the following link:

We tried to know more about these new DSLR cameras and we found that great camera the Canon 550D or the Rebel T2i that was released last February. It is very cheap (900$ ONLY) and with great quality similar to that of the Canon 7D in video as it has the same sensor. It even has better things like external mic socket which doesn't exist in the Canon 5D Mark II or the Canon 7D. Besides it doesn't have that rolling shutter problem. We ended up having 2 of this great camera that we are going to shoot our film with. You can know more about it in the following link:
 
Canon 550D or Rebel T2i

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