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| p.1 #1 · Need Advice: Intro to Nikon & Video |
Over the past year I've been thinking of getting into doing some video for my presentations. I like to photo trains at night and often use big flash set ups to catch them on the fly. I could make a short video showing how I do this to go along with a presentation of the photos. I do not want to put a ton of money into this as I am thinking Nikon will soon be releasing a camera to replace my current D300. It just doesn't seem like it will be soon enough for my next presentation in late April.
For a camera, I'm thinking of the D5100. It will do double duty as a back up camera to my D300. I like the D5100 compact size for travel, it's flip out screen, it's 16mp sensor, and microphone jack. I also like the price--$530 on eBay (used/refurb.) Sound is VERY important to me. I want to capture the sound of a train approaching at night, in the darkness. I've found two options. One is the Sennheiser MKE 400, the other is the Nikon ME-1. Both go for around $150 or less on eBay. I'm open to suggestions. Software is now an essential part of photography. I'm thinking of Adobe Premiere 10.0, about $100. I use CS5 for photo processing. I already have a solid tripod, a wooden Berlebach, but am clueless on fluid/video heads. I can buy a less expensive Manfrotto and convert it to A/S quick release so I can also use camera on my AcraTech head. (I loathe Bogen QR plates!) Not sure what SD card to buy for video, or if I need a windsock on the mic.
My goal is to put together a flexible, compact, inexpensive decent basic system to use outdoors at night. Camera will do double duty as a back up body. I know a D400 or whatever actually replaces D700 will have video, but those don't seem to be coming soon enough. Even when they do, I will still want something like a D5100 for a back up body anyway. SO, any suggestions? Run them buy me. I'm staying open to ideas as I don't really know video yet.
Kent in SD