While I’m definitely excited to share the new Bennett by Rene of Paris with you, I’m even more excited about my new video camera – a Sony HDRCX405 Handycam – that I snagged on Amazon for $175. For months and months I’ve been wanting a different camera to use for videos, because filming with my Canon 7D was just ridiculous; it’s not at all made for making vlog-style video, even though the quality of the vids it can create is excellent. It has no auto-focus in video mode, it can’t be used with a remote for zooming in and out, and there’s no articulating screen so you can see what you are doing while you film. When trying to use it, setup for one video could take up to 30 minutes because of how complicated all the particulars were. I’d had a Canon Vixia handycam years ago for making wig reviews, but I sold it in part to fund the 7D I wanted to use for photographs, not realizing how much more complicated that camera would make filming video. The whole process became so cumbersome that it’s one of the reasons I stopped filming reviews – they simply could not be made quickly with that camera.
I almost pulled the trigger on a lot of different cameras in the past six months or so; some more user-friendly DSLRs and a few other video cameras – but they were all at least $400 and I couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on any of them. I’m not even sure how I stumbled across this Sony in all my searching, but when I did, I found that this slightly older model (it was updated in Novbember of 2015) could be purchased used for under $200 and I jumped at the chance. Today was my first day using it, and I was able to set up, shoot, and upload to the computer in less than 20 minutes! I am thrilled – but this means my wig addiction is probably going to start up again now that I can tell myself I’m buying everything so I can make reviews.
It also has a flip screen, which is beyond helpful, and a remote control so I can zoom in and out without having to stop filming and re-focus. In fact, I filmed this review straight through without having to stop once, and I didn’t have to stand on one little spot to maintain focus because of the auto-focus. Picture quality suffers, for sure, but it isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and with time I can most likely tweak my settings to improve that. I found a remote that works with it easily, and it’s such a snap to use that I couldn’t be happier. Yay for useful technology at bargain prices!
Anyway, Bennett. What a great wig. I was doubtful when I saw the photos, but everyone else was so excited about it that I was persuaded to give one a try, and I’m glad I did – I like it better in this color than the Illumina-R of the stock photos; that color looks really cool and funky but it’s a bit too much for me; this nice soft brown keeps it looking pretty even with the dramatic asymmetrical cut. In fact, the curl pattern on this wig reminds me a lot of Noriko’s Avery – very soft and romantic – and that works well with the stark contrast of the super-short left side. It’s very well-done, and ROP really knocked it out of the park on this one. The addition of lace fronts to the line is another smart move, and of course ROP keeps the price reasonable even when adding in such a feature; something I really appreciate as other wig makers blow their prices through the roof (and out of my range for synthetic wigs). ROP and Noriko remain my favorite brands; they don’t innovate as much or add new styles as often as other brands, but they maintain quality and reasonable prices, as well as having some of the nicest fiber quality and colors around.