September 27, 2016 at 8:09AM, Edited September 27, 8:52AM
Canon C100 MarkII or the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5k MFT?
I'm looking to upgrade to a cinema camera from my DLSR. I shoot feature/Short films and cinematic documentaries. I like the C100 for its 'out of the box' capabilities, ND's (amazing), peaking, zebras, false colours, good ISO, audio XLR's and decent viewfinder. However its sacrifice in quality. The codecs aren't great (don't care about 4K) and I know that with a Ninja 2 you can get Prores HQ, 422 and LT with better colour data but still only at 8-bit (Which isn't bad).
Blackmagic have their problems granted, but for cinematic quality I can overlook most of them. Shoots in 10-bit Prores and DNXHD at 1920x1080 and 2.5K RAW at 12-bit 2400 x 1350. I also choose the 2.5K over the 4K because I don't need it, plus the fixed pattern noise issues, ISO and Dynamic range aren't as good as the 2.5K. The reason I pick Blackmagic is the look, it has a cinematic look to it and I don't fully understand why. When compared to the C100 MarkII which to me doesn't look as cinematic. WHY!!! I've used the Blackmagic camera's before so I know what they're like to work with, but I read everywhere that the C100 Mark 2 is a far more functional camera and I agree.
I figured out how much it would cost to bring the Blackmagic Cinema Camera up to the par (functionality wise) with the C100, and its close.
-Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT - WEX (£1649)
-Samyang 50mm f1.2 AS UMC CS Lens -MFT- WEX (£309) = £1958
-Samyang 21mm f1.4 ED AS UMC CS Lens -MFT- WEX (£279) = £2237
-Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC II Video Lens - MFT- WEX (£299) = £2536
-Sandisk Ultra II Internal SSD - 480GB - WEX (£129) = £2665
-SMALLRIG® DSLR Shoulder Rig BMCC Cage Kit - Amazon (£146.40) = £2811.40
-FOTGA DP3000 M2 DSLR follow focus - Amazon (£74.59) = £2885.99
-ET-PV2BM V-Mount Adaptor BMCC - CVP (£138) = £3023.99
-IDX 2x DUO-95 Battery Kit - CVP (£440.40) = £3464.39
-BMD Micro Converter SDI-HDMI - CVP (£82.80) = £3547.19
-Samurai Right-Angle SDI Cable Set - CVP (£48) = £3595.19
Canon C100 MarkII
-Canon EOS C100 Mark II High Definition Camcorder + EF 24-105mm Lens + Ninja 2 recorder - WEX (£3825)
-Sandisk Ultra II Internal SSD - 480GB - WEX (£129) = £3954
So my question is, which option would be better for creating quality cinematic content which I could submit to festivals and upload online and have space to grade in the edit. Plus for my documentary content, be good enough to work outdoors in natural light in a more run and gun setup. Because I've seen amazing lowlight footage from both cameras, just a bit harder with the Blackmagic.