"Tim Reed" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I'm looking at purchasing my first digital camcorder (Canon GL2), and thanks
> to resources such as rec.video.* and photo.net I now have a pretty good idea
> of how much it should cost, and from whom I should (and should not) consider
> purchasing. Now I'm looking at accessories but finding research on these
> more difficult. Perhaps you kind folks could help out with a
> comment/recommendation or two ...?
> - Filters: I've seen 3-filter kits for anywhere from $35 to $350! Which
> filter(s) do I really need*, and how much should it/they cost? *The set
> would be nice, but I imagine I could get by with just the UV.
Yes - this is the most useful, but it serves for protection only...
> - Spare battery: Adorama seems to have a generic 6000 mAh for around $90
> PLBP945); seems like a good deal to me (assuming that wide praise for this
> store --> they wouldn't sell a crappy battery).
Get the Canon - it is likely higher-capacity regardless of ratings.
The off-brand batteries are often not as good...
> - Wide angle/telephoto lens (would be nice but can wait): These also vary
> wildly depending where you look. Favorite brands? how much should they cost?
Buy the Canon WD-58 - it is excellent. Alternatives: Raynox .66X (lower
linear distortion, but not as good at lens long end, and flares more); Sony
ES06 (not much zoom range, but it is good, and wider than rating - and
cheap/light/small [needs 58->52mm step-down, which may not work well
on the GL2, though it works well on the VX2000]).
> Anything else that should be on the must-have list? Most of the other stuff
> (tripod, tapes, etc.) I figure I can get where I live for the same or
> cheaper; I usually bypass the warranties as being overpriced & unnecessary.
Tape: www.taperesources.com, www.tapeguys.com; a good extended
warranty for Mini-DV camcorders can be a very good buy, unlike for other
things. Pay under $200 for 4-5 year coverage from a *good* outfit, and
you will likely come out ahead if you use the camera much...
> P.S. I also need a tripod for it; any recommendations for under $200?
Barely adequate for serious work: Bogen 3221/3066(?) or Mathiews-Libec,
both around $200-250 - don't expect great movement smoothness, though
(that costs $1500 +). Anything cheaper isn't worth having if you will move
the camera during shooting. Look eventually at a good lav and/or short-shotgun
mic, if you have the need, and a polarizing filter can be fun for some uses
(I recommend Hoya single-coated for the UV and Hoya circular-polarizer
for good-but-cheap [$350 sets of filters are a rip-off...]).