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I really want to start making short films/documentaries.

My D90 doesn't really cut it in this department because it is 100% auto and poor quality to boot. That being said I want to take advantage of my Nikon lenses so I would be willing to purchase a 35mm adapter to use with a consumer camcorder instead of dropping big money on a Canon DSLR.

What would be a good $500-$700 CAD camcorder with full manual controls (WB, focus, ISO, shutter, etc) and at least 1/3 CMOS sensor?

I know the HV20/30/40 were the old boys that a lot of indie film guys used 35mm adapters with but I want something a bit more to-date and doesn't use miniDV tapes.

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Why not get an adapter and a refurbished T2i through CLP for $420? The T2i has manual video exposure and Nikon lenses can adapt to the EF mount. You'd lose autofocus and aperture adjustment with the cheap adapters, but AF is garbage in video anyways and you can always set aperture manually with the Nikon AF lenses.
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D3100 or T2i, or maybe if you have the money the D7000.
 
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@OP I'd highly not suggest going heavy duty filming with your D90, it has heat issues and known to overheat most of the time, and when it does, you'll have to rest it from 10 to 30minutes, but you can use it for those quick macro shots. ;D

I'm interested into film making as well. Goodluck with your endeavor. =D
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@OP I'd highly not suggest going heavy duty filming with your D90, it has heat issues and know to overheat most of the time, and when it does, you'll have to rest it from 10 to 30minutes, but you can use it for those quick macro shots. ;D

I'm interested into film making as well. Goodluck with your endeavor. =D
Unless I'm missing something, that's why he made this thread I think?

Also, I can recommend the Panasonic GH2 (IIRC) for having excellent video controls after a bit of Magic Lantern is applied, only problem is the 2x crop factor.

I would also recommend the Canon 550D if it weren't for the minor problem that two out of three of your lenses are AF-S and do not have an aperture ring - this means that when you mount it on a body that doesn't support it, the lens is stuck at minimum aperture. Unless you are of course, happy to just use your 50mm
    
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Unless I'm missing something, that's why he made this thread I think?

Also, I can recommend the Panasonic GH2 (IIRC) for having excellent video controls after a bit of Magic Lantern is applied, only problem is the 2x crop factor.

I would also recommend the Canon 550D if it weren't for the minor problem that two out of three of your lenses are AF-S and do not have an aperture ring - this means that when you mount it on a body that doesn't support it, the lens is stuck at minimum aperture. Unless you are of course, happy to just use your 50mm
I actually sold off all my DX glass
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I actually sold off all my DX glass
Care to share what glass you have now? I just quickly looked up the list in the OCN Thread.
    
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all around after testing video on every dslr that was out at the time. have not played with a d7000 in the final showdown the 7D really blows everything away and the 1dmk4 coming in an extremely close second. i put the 7d first only because of a friend that has personally tested each dslr on green screen and the 7D was the easiest to key. for your budget i would shoot for a t2i or 3100.

btw the GH2 is garbage in video mode stay away from it. this is all assuming that you happen to change your mind since noone read the OP

as far as camcorders go since that is what you are actually interested in a lot of people still use the HV40. im still waiting to see if anyone pushes that new sony handicam that offers interchangeable lenses a try. but in your price range try to stick with those canons, im not a fanboy its just every company is stronger is different markets. and strangely enough canon has the high and low end markets covered nicely lol

i hope that was helpful if you want to know more just ask and i will give you an honest answer of course and im not afraid to say i dont know just to cover my butt
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Care to share what glass you have now? I just quickly looked up the list in the OCN Thread.
Just my nifty 50. Looking at getting maybe a 35 F/2 and 85 f/1.8 or a Sigma 24-70 HSM
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all around after testing video on every dslr that was out at the time. have not played with a d7000 in the final showdown the 7D really blows everything away and the 1dmk4 coming in an extremely close second. i put the 7d first only because of a friend that has personally tested each dslr on green screen and the 7D was the easiest to key. for your budget i would shoot for a t2i or 3100.

btw the GH2 is garbage in video mode stay away from it. this is all assuming that you happen to change your mind since noone read the OP

as far as camcorders go since that is what you are actually interested in a lot of people still use the HV40. im still waiting to see if anyone pushes that new sony handicam that offers interchangeable lenses a try. but in your price range try to stick with those canons, im not a fanboy its just every company is stronger is different markets. and strangely enough canon has the high and low end markets covered nicely lol

i hope that was helpful if you want to know more just ask and i will give you an honest answer of course and im not afraid to say i dont know just to cover my butt
Thank you

I'm not too specific on whether I want to use a DSLR (T2i) or a camcorder (Similar to the HV40, no miniDV) Is the T2i fully manual, similar to the 5Dmk2?
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