I miss doing stop mo. I hate feeling trapped without the means to do it. This last week I was informed I get a small bonus in my mid month check. I should save that money. Or pay off my medical bills. Or even pay down my student loan. My practical side is nagging me to do that.
For the amount of money I am getting, I can get a low end prosumer DSLR, Dragonframe software, and maybe even a trip to Jerry's for the parts to build a lighting rig. My practical side is screaming at me at the top of it's lungs. But my creative side is huddling in the corner crying and dying of malnutrition, and giving myself the tools is the only thing to remedy that. I may regret it later, but I have decided to go for it.
Much internet searching and researching has happened. The camera I have settled on is the Cannon EOS Rebel T5i. Not full frame sensor, but one of the larger ones. And better yet, if I keep watching the deals I may be able to get the body, a couple of lenses, and still have enough money for Dragonframe. The camera I REALLY want is $2000 just for the body. That is not even in my scope right now. But this Canon is, and Dragonframe specifically lists it as a camera it is made for. Most of the complaints I am reading are about how slow the autofocus is. Seeing how I don't plan to USE the autofocus, I really don't see it as an issue. Autofocus is the bane of my stop mo existance. It is really, really hard to get consistant shots if you are refocusing between each one. I struggled hard against autofocus with my point n shoot while filming the Douglas Adams video. There are SO many of those 30 second sequences I had to start over completely because of it. You might say I loathe the "feature". I turn and spit on the ground whenever I have to talk about it. (Which, by the way, is a bad idea if you are in your living room with old stinky carpet). But looking at the inexpensive lenses, they have the option to turn it all off. I am just crossing my fingers that it means OFF off, and not "we'll give you some control, but if we think you are wrong we will override you" off. That was the issue I had with the point n shoot. This is just a few steps above point n shoot.
So once I get myself outfitted, I plan to do some test sequences and play around. Maybe post a few of the videos I do. At work they are forcing us to take at least 5 days off in a row before August 1st, so I will have June 28th through July 5th off. As it is too late to go to Westercon or An Tir West War, I plan to take that week to film the films and record the songs. I am kind of excited about that.