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    I had jobs lined up before I purcahsed my DVX. Had it paid off before my credit card bill even came in.

    i like Chris' approach, but for me it was pretty easy to rent a light kit for free or for pretty cheap....cheaper than renting a camera.


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    Been working since I was 16 (18 now) and sold my previous setup (vx1000, century mark 1 lens, bescor 20/40 watt light) and bought just the dvx itself and then bought some more accessories as i got more money


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    I went the same route as Chris....
    Bought lighting, grip, and some sound gear as I could - working and saving.
    Everyone I knew had bought cameras, so I always had plenty to borrow, because I had gear that none of them had.

    Once it made sense for me to buy my own camera, I was able to get enough work lined up to have the HVX paid for before the bill came in.

    (I realize you were asking about DVX's...but I figured in theory its all the same)


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    Spent my Income tax plus some savings and bought my cam and some accesories such as UV filter, tripod and head, mike, etc. I'm pretty happy with my panny.


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    This is a pure hobby for me (alas, really nothing to show for it). I've been lucky - I work for a company that offered me some form of stock options when I started 6 years ago. I never thought I would see it, but 5 years later, I had to cash it in and used some of it to feed my very expensive hobby.


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    I just stole mine. Best criminal decision I've ever made.

    J/K. I graduated with a degree in Broadcasting and I spent the money from presents on the cam.


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    Well, just as Luis, I bought an HVX, P2 Card, tripod, mic and other stuff.

    During my 6 months inetrnship in Japan I saved from my scholarship. At the end I also got a bonus from the company.

    And my parents gave me a loan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cardmaverick View Post
    But I bought lighting and grip gear first, NOT a video camera. I did things differently, I bought the "investment" gear first, then when I was ready to find a camera, technology had advanced quite a ways, and before you know it, I had a DVX Andromeda system in my hands.

    Oh, and just in case your wondering, I always just shot with other peoples cameras when I only owned lighting and grip gear, cause no one else had any, just a bunch of HVX and DVX owners and no lights in sight
    This is totally the way to go. Everyone thinks that if they can just get the camera that their life will be made. I would take a lower-end camera and nice lights vs a nice camera and no lights. If you have lights there are always people needing them. If you have a camera, people will only be paying you if you can use it well. Lights pay for themselves.
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    Just chiming in late on this thread.....
    Saved a little beforehand, but paid for the camera with a credit card. It didn't take long to pay off. It depends on what kind of work you might do or have lined up.

    Right now I'm toying around with the idea of buying an Arri fresnel kit which always seems to be in demand. At least by me.
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    worked all last year as a junior in high school, and got my hvx this july


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