Test a new camera before you buy it?

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Jenp
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Joined: Sep 16 2007

Before I get deluged with replies saying, "Of course you should!" that's not the question.

I'm thinking of buying a new camera and wondered if anyone knew a way of getting a preferably free trial. Other than hiring that is.

Ideally I'm thinking of a Canon 305 plus a Canon 7D stills camera. I would like to try them both out together, film the same thing, get shots into FCP and see how they compare. Any ideas about places that might offer me the chance to do that? Am serious about buying so I would have thought shops would be obliging!

PP
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Jen, BVE North is coming soon to Manchester. Why don't you go and find the camera you want to test, take some cards with you, film something and, well, there you are!!

Peter

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Jenp
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I'm going to BVE. I didn't know that if I took some cards, they would let me try out the cameras. Great idea - thank you. So I just have to invest in the cards for the cameras I'm interested in. I suppose that if I don't like the cameras and don't end up buying I can simply sell the cards on!

infocus
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The only word of caution is that nowadays the "look" of a camera is heavily dependent on setup. And at exhibitions, it's not unknown for people to "experiment" in the menus etc!

It's a good idea of PPs - and I can't think of anything better! - but do take any conclusions with extreme caution. You may feel after the tests the cameras don't match at all - but if you bought them both, sat down and adjusted menus, they match very well.

Where tests like these can be useful is getting a set of actual files to check with workflow with your edit setup etc.

Gavin Gration
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Joined: Jul 29 1999

Calumet do hire and sales. http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/

Phone them first and explain what you need. I've always found them to be very helpful. They are not always the cheapest BUT often have package deals that make financial sense.

tom hardwick
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Joined: Apr 8 1999

Whenever I've been to Proactive in Hemel Hempstead (bought my NX5 there last year) they've always been happy to let you test cameras on tripods that are set up looking at a display area. Lots of room, lots of time and all questions answered fairly and accurately.

tom.

MAGLINK
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Joined: Mar 8 2007

I would think that you will be able to try out the cameras at Prestons in Malvern or Kingston, BVE may be a bit manic but it's worth a try.

As a major panasonic user I asked them if I could try out the AF101 and more recently the new studio camera, I am still waiting as they seem to prefer to give the demo models to the hype writers and reviewers rather than real life users.

doolahroak
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Joined: Apr 2 2005

Can't be sure if it was Calumet, but I think they used to offer the chance to hire the camera and and they would deduct the hire cost if you went ahead a bought one.