I'm totally ga-ga over the new Panasonic. I don't really see myself shooting anything on the Canon at this point. Plus with the 4 year warranty, actually needing to keep it as a backup is not really a necessity.
So...I think I'm going to put it up for sale. Here's what I'd include:
- Canon ZR65 MC (with all the original accessories, software, manuals)
- ProMaser Hard Aluminum Case
- Sima Zoom Microphone
- (2)Canon BP-522 5 Hr. Batteries (in addition to the regular 2hour battery that comes with the camera)
- Lens Hood
- UV Filter*
- ND Filter*
- Extra AC Adapter
- Velbon CX-300 Tripod
- Sima 3 Watt Video Light
- Samsonite Soft Case **
- 32MB SD card (in addition to the 8MB card included in original kit) *
*Link might not be exact brand but can be used as a reference point.
**Not exact model, but pretty darn close
I'm thinking of asking $300 for the whole kit and caboodle (+Shipping, if it's not someone local). I don't think that's too out of line for a digital The Canon's still sell for around $200 on eBay. And the thing that makes this a little nicer than the newer Canon's is that it has a mic jack and an analog pass-thru, meaning you can connect it to another device, copy the info on to miniDV and then import it into your computer to edit (I'm almost contemplating keeping this camera just for that reason). It's a good package (one that served me very well for a couple years), and recently the CCD sensor was replaced by Canon (along with a professional cleaning by the fine folks at Canon when they had it in there). The lens has always had the uv filter on it, so it's pristine.
There's a ministry that a couple friends of ours are looking to start where a church in another country (Zimbabwe, I think) would be taking video "journal" entries about what was happening in their community and church and we would do the same here. We would then swap (I'd probably be the one to edit the footage we received from them). It sounds pretty exciting and it would be neat to have my gear be part of something like that (and to also be involved in the editing). It's an interesting "coincedence" that I have the new gear and don't have a need for the old gear, and this ministry does. So, we'll see how that goes.
I'll be posting more soon on how kick @$$ the new camera is.
And in case you're wondering....yes, I can take credit cards. So, lemme know if you're interested.