@Ragetti: if you really just want something simple, cheap, and great for learning, you could look at this. it's cheap and it's a fab camera, only issue i have with it is that it doesn't have a sensor for the EVF(electronic viewfinder) to autoswitch.
@Anominal: sorry i'd make one correction, the GX7 is high end.
@Anominal: the only two companies working together are panasonic and Olympus on micro 4/3, the other companies are Canon, Nikon,samsung, Sony, Pentax, Fujifilm are all doing their own formats.
M43s has really good lens selection at good prices, and good third party support, ebay are littered with cheap buys from older generations worth looking at.
Sony has good lenses and great cameras but a much more limited choice before becoming extremely expensive due to limited 3rd party support.
Fujifilm, stellar cameras, great optics and innovations, at high prices, with very limited lens choices. pro togs love these cameras.
Canon is worth a mentions but the EOS-M is full of problems, so keep an eye on the EOS-M2 when that comes around.
Nikon is ok, they have smaller sensors than the rivals, but quality is good, don't know about lens choices.
in terms of tiers it looks like this
Panasonic GF5 , Olympus EPM2, Sony NEX3
Panasonic GX7, Olympus EPL5, Canon EOSM, Sony NEX5
High End - super high end
Olympus EP5, OMD, Panasonic GH3, Sony NEX7. Fujifilm X100s
Sony and M43s have the best support for now, and both have fantastic pancake lens which makes them smaller and easier to carry on days you don't want to lug the DSLR.
Personal preference for me is m43 with a panasonic 20mm f1.7 with the panasonic gx7.
The Jamie on the wall is areal nice touch lol. also are those tracking points that keep showing up on the wide shot?
I would start by learning what ISO, Aperture, Shutter and how they relate to each other and what each does, i had a short university course that taught me all this, and learning the rest myself via trail and error. I remember there was a good guide for beginners on and by vimeo.
but i don't really have much else, sorry.
If you want to look at equipment it's worth looking at 35mm prime lens.
I use a 32GB Sandisk Extreme Pro, i need to use this particular card cause the GH2 with the 100Mbps hack on it, it would crash otherwise on slower cards. also i do like the faster write speeds when shooting in burst mode as we talked about back in the drive mode discussion. Sadly the lock switch on it snapped off making that card useless even after attempts to repair/substitute part for it. Now i use 16GB extreme card and had to dial the hack down to a 72Mbps hack but it does the job.
I also use:
16GB sandisk extreme in my Olympus EP2, which is my normal day camera.
4GB sandisk extreme in my bag AT ALL TIMES. goodness how many times i've imported photos onto my computer and left my memory card, then going out and realise i had a camera with no card and then having to pay the high street price for one for that day; which as a consequence i have loads of blue sandisk 4GBs lying around.
Workflow wise it's always wipe card after import, on mac i have a script set up to back up everything that's imported to an external. if i need to show off any pictures photostream bumps them to my iPhone.
@Anominal: You should probably avoid the EOS-M, seems to be full of problems including focusing issues (both in accuracy and speed) even after the big update.
But i agree with stenchlord, Second hand is the way to go for DSLR ebay is full of them and from my exp (least in the UK) i haven't had an issue. OR ask around friends, i bet more than a few have a DSLR that they'd like to get rid of or would lend out for the trip.
To my knowledge there's no such thing as a waterproof DSLR (you'd need a case to take it say underwater, and those that are weather sealed are quite expensive. so your waterproof option would be a compact. Don't know much about them but here's the wirecutters recommendation.
World of goo
Super Brothers Sword and Swordcery
The Room (highly recommend)
@Toxeia: My build is as follows
Mobo - Gigabyte Z77 D3H
CPU - Intel i5 ivy bridge 3570k
Memory - 8GB Corsair Vengence
HDDs - Seagate Barracuda 2TB & 1TB
PSU - Corsair 600W
GPU - EVGA GTX 660TI
and various bits and bobs.
If you want a good guide, the http://tonymacx86.com has a great guide from start to finish and they update their recommend parts every month.
I built my Hackintosh for nearly a year now, and i love it to bits, but it can be a pain sometimes, kernal panics, system updates break it everytime...stressful at times but it has been totally worth it, considering the money i saved and the flexability it provides.
Anyone else use a Hackintosh or considering one?
Always makes me want to build a new computer. excellent stuff.
My current build is a Hackintosh.
2TB Seagate 7200rpm with my Mac OSX and personal/production files
1TB seagate 7200rpm with my windows and mostly games (some game capture files as well)
Mac and Windows sharing a EVGA GeForce GTX 660TI 2GB.
@Jacob Ults: IPS panels are my favourite cause they have amazing viewing angles, good colour (still require some calibration though), only downside they have is the response time is slower than most other types but i don't really see that as an issue.
I've been using a Dell U2412m, which is a great monitor, but quite pricey.
@Jacob Ults: It's a good build for Video Editing, solid stuff,
One REALLY important thing to look at is a good Monitor, a solid 24" monitor is a great spend for video editing. Personally i find a duel monitor set up a must for efficient editing but that's personal preference.
what FPS are you running this at? 30 or 25? still seems a little fast if it's original fps was 120.
If you have plenty of light, your nexus 4 should provide good 720p video and probably provide decent audio as long as you're in a fairly quiet environment and indoors. For the zoom you can just "zoom with your feet" you might have to be quite close to your subject considering how wide camera phone lenses are but being close up will also help audio (admittedly you won't get that slow zoom). but i would recommend some kind of tripod or stabiliser.
If you're looking for cameras for filming, I def recommend going second hand if you're on a tight budget, ebay is your friend.
The gear tags sound nice but if you're like me, i rarely hear my phone go off in my pocket (unless i'm wearing headphones). Juan advice is sound, covering up logos, using casual bags with inserts helps remove attention. Other simple things like always keep it in sight, leave identifiable trinkets on the bah (little keychain toys or a brightly coloured bandana), Black light pens, leashes and tethers.
A tip i learned about tech when you first get it is to write down all your serial numbers and ID codes, this can help the Police alot should something get stolen.
One thing to keep in mind is how much is your equipment worth, consider the value or replacing it then consider whether it's worth insuring your equipment.
Lastly, one thing that can deter thieves is having a unimposing camera, even cheaper DSLR like the T#i/Rebel range look more expensive than something like the Sony NEX, RX1, RX100, Olympus EP5, Panasonic GX1 and other mirrorless cameras, making them less of a target.
@stenchlord: The Discs are a preference, personally i like bullets too but it's nice to have a mag loaded and not have to worry about them deforming.
For painting i did a guide here, i sanded the coating off by hand, i didn't use a base coat and i used citadel paints left over from my brothers warhammer days.
@stenchlord: Nerf is awesome, while i don't mod or really play with others, i do like to paint them, i have quite a large collection now as a result. If you want to see nerf guns that really fly you should get yourself a Nerf Vertex, my recommendation is the lumitron cause glow in the dark discs are awesome.
Another really fun Nerf gun is the Barrel break, just has a really fun loading action. and decent side arm. as is the Nerf Deploy.
But the best blaster from my experience is the Alpha Strike (the non-elite version as it has a drum mag rather than a straight mag).
I don't use a strap on my Olympus EP2, i just pull it in and out of my quick access bag when needed, and a strap just gets in the way, however i am in the Kickstarter for the Peak Design Capture Plate V2.
On my GH2 i just use the strap that came with it, luckly M43s cameras are lighter.