Don't buy either! Buy an Hv10
The HV has a full-frame lens equivalent of 44-440mm, while the 70-210 on the T2i is equivalent to 112-336mm.
I'm currently shooting a BTS/making of for a feature film. Shooting everything with a T2i, mainly with a Sigma 24-70.
For really wide shots or cramped locations I use a Zenitar 16mm (the crop factor makes it less fisheye, which is a good thing), I also take a Mamiya Sekor 55mm 1.4 with me for early morning or night shots.
Being able to get the DOF I want when I want it, made me choose the T2i. I still have my HV30, but the only time I use it is as the overview camera when doing weddings or as the static camera recording the 2 dance shows I do per year.
I have a Steadicam JR and a shoulder rig for the T2i, but for my documentary work I always use my monopod ... I need to travel light since part of the shoot takes place in France and Spain.
If I had to choose 1 camera today I'd buy a T2i and deal with the shortcomings (the 12 minute limit, no manual control over audio). The image quality compensates those shortcomings to me. And of course the ability to change lenses.
Ive been doing some behind the scenes 'making of' work with my HV20 and feel there is no way I could of been as creative and spontaneous if i'd been using my 550d, though now you have mentioned a monopod im intrigued as I can see myriad benefits, interesting.
Maybe simple minded, but comparing a sucker of a telelens on a t2i and a regular hv20 easily creates the expectation that you would see a major difference in picture quality. Not so. We had locally the world equestrian games, so I was taping horse riding covering a distance from 50 feet to 300 feet. Having a manual zoom was workable but keeping the picture in focus and stable would have been easier with the hv20. Using a tripod as a monopod worked ok, but when the whole bleacher wobbles when everybody moves, a stable shot is going to require some work in after effects.
I agree. Autofocus and stabilization is quite necessary in a case like yours.
OTOH, the HV's lens has quite a bit of chromatic aberration at its longest tele setting; I've got much cleaner shots with my cheap 70-300 mm Tamron on the T2i. But that's with stationary subjects, and a tripod...
Just to reiterate what others have said. I own an HV20 and an T2i. I prefer using the T2i overall, because it is the camera I bought first and learned to got used to. But it has its cons.
For audio I use a Azden SGM-1X into a Zoom H1. Which gives me very nice audio for under $250. But that also means I have to sync in post.
But sometimes I shoot freelance sports videos for the local news websites. And the T2i is terrible for that. I always have to use my HV20.
So I would agree, keep your HV30 and purchase a T2i if you can afford it. Its great for a lot of things and terrible for a lot of things.
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I just finished a 11 minutes documentary using HV20 and a DSLR (Pentax K-X with the 50mm 1.4).
I ran a clip mic to the HV20 and used manual audio setting. I ended up using, out of many hours of recording (total 11 people) only 2 seconds of footage from the HV20 - no kidding! The crazy shallow DOF made the background not distracting so people can concentrate on the story. I have 2 HV20 and a HG10. I am thinking of buying either the T2i or 60D by selling the K-x and one HV20. But the built-in-camera-body Shake-Reduction of the K-x make me hesitate A LOT! I think I will wait until C'mas deals come long ...
My friend has purchased the Canon T2i and I was just playing with his camera found the images just a bit too soft for me. Since image quality is the thing I was looking for I went with Canon. Along with best image quality some of the best point are ability to shoot HD video and also has excellent macro mode.
The camera is very small and light and It has Superb image quality in both photos and video and the built in mic is also very good.
The main advantages of a DSLR are the ease of manual control and therefore the control over dof, and the superb low light performance.
A camcorder like the HV is an equally valid choice, and ideally you would have both cameras to give maximum flexability.
How come that new member post looks like spam for a website... we don't shoot portraits much, we shoot video!
And the built-in mic is NOT very good, by the way...
EDIT: I see a mod removed the post I referred to, so this does not apply to post #44 above...
Last edited by Janke; 2011 March 9th at 03:45.
thanks to Magic Lantern, the choice has become a lot easier : the T2i now has manual audio control & can film almost continuously.
Recently, I compared my T2i and HV30 for teleshots, and the footage from the T2i is way better, with little or no distortion or chromatic aberration. The HV30 footage simply can't compete once you start zooming in.
The T2i has dropped in price too BTW, over here in Europe it now costs 575 EUR (body only).
I think it doesn't sound "that bad" for something shot "on-the-fly".
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 ...
... and this even though its AGC is always on... uploading a demo right now:
Last edited by Janke; 2011 September 2nd at 02:21.
Dang.....Deep Purple. That song is easily twice as old as the kid playing it.
But seriously, I wouldn't use 32 decibels gain with AIG disabled, I would keep it at the default 6 decibels and amplify in post. Less chance of clipping that way.
There is no such thing as "Idiot-Proof".........a good Idiot will get around that every time.