February 3, 2015 at 11:23AM

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SWITCHING FROM T2i- What are my options?

I'm a high school film student whose been shooting films on the canon t2i for over 4 years now, pushing it to it's limits. The prospect of purchasing a new camera is always there, but I'm always hesitant when I realize regular viewers might not notice a large difference in quality. If I'm putting a few thousand dollars into a camera I'd really like the investment to be impactful on my work. Any ideas? Should I switch? If so, to what camera? I shoot tons of short films for myself, festivals and corporate videos locally. I'm more interested in the narrative short film format, not doc work or filming in no light situations. $6,000 is my lil' student budget. The GH4, A7s and Blackmagic peak my interest. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpcJ-P6V2uU
-A short trailer I recently shot on the T2i. Hopefully gives you an idea of what kind of work I do and what camera would benefit me the most!

February 3, 2015 at 11:25AM

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Denis Berberovic
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If you can wait until NAB 2015 ( around the middle of April ), there may be some new cameras introduced that could shake up the gear market. If you can't wait, then any of the three cameras you mentioned ( GH4, A7S, BMPCC 4K ) would be a good choice.

I'm partial to the GH4 and A7S because these cameras are fairly light weight and can be mounted on one of the smaller gimbals for smooth tracking shots. ( what I've seen shot with the $700 Nebula 4000 pistol-grip gimbal blows me away, and there is another pistol-grip gimbal coming out at NAB this year )

You may also want to factor in audio and lighting gear if you don't already own much in either of these departments.

February 3, 2015 at 5:53PM, Edited February 3, 5:53PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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It is unlikely that your audience will notice one bit of difference using a T2i or a Gh4.
The chance of your audience viewing it on a projected screen is Nil. The only way I know of is at a film festival. The likely way your audience will be on youtube or vimeo where the size of the video and compression will wipe out any perceived differences. People do not look at films under the microscope, it is an experience for them. So, if you want higher quality, you find that in better actors, better costume, better audio, better story and better camera operation and editing. Altho I just gave away my T2i to my granddaughter who is a teenage photographer, I have a high respect for this camera and esp if using a lilliput monitor with Magic Lantern. I have two other ap-c, I can buy a more expensive camera, but when you factor in how the video will be viewed, there is virtually no advantage in more expensive cameras except for slow motion.

March 5, 2015 at 10:52AM

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If OP already had a non-entry level camera, this advice would be sound. However, OP has the T2i which is highly restricting due to its dynamic range. Even 360p displays the difference in DR. I use a T3i and a Sony XDCAM and I'll sometimes use the XDCAM because it has greater DR even when cinestyle/ML is used. A good idea would be to bump up to a cam that has more dynamic range capabilities so you can work in more diverse conditions but it doesn't need to be much fancier than the t2i/t3i to get to the point where an online audience wouldn't notice but I believe they'd notice a difference between t2i and something else because the t2i/t3i just falls so short in that regard.

May 22, 2015 at 11:37AM

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You are clearly better than the average bear - I recommend a camera that shoots RAW. I think you'd like the BMPCC.

May 17, 2015 at 7:52PM

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In July, Blackmagic is releasing the Ursa mini. The 4k EF mount version goes for $3000 which is around-ish the same price as BMPC 4K. It also has the exact same sensor (and the sensor chamber is removable so owner can upgrade sensors themselves later on with same body (body is "future-proof")) as the 4K cinema camera but is far more ergonomically designed, has accessories for run&gun capabilities, has real audio levels. BM basically took ALL feedback from what was wrong with the 4K cinema cam and mashed it with a smaller Ursa and BOOM! Ursa mini. If it shoots anything like its older brother, I'm REALLY excited.

May 22, 2015 at 11:28AM

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Alex have to disagree with you, esp since I am very familiar with this camera and the rebel line.
The op is trying for higher quality by buying another camera, but the truth is, the T2i is not just a good camera, but a great camera and the way people see content will not make a bit of difference at all. The key is to use the t2i well, but if he sucks with the t2i, he will suck on every camera. The key to quality is in how the camera is operated and set up, then lighting makes a huge difference and so does audio, but a more expensive camera not so much. If you cannot get stunning video out of the T2i, it is not the cameras fault, but the fault of the operator. Investing in yourself has the best pay off. Likely Dave Dugdale at learningvideo.com has a tutorial on the t2i that will get him squared away. If you cannot operate the T2i for max benefit, then maybe you should try getting some help. This advice I have taken for myself and made a huge difference. As does composition, lighting, audio etc

December 2, 2015 at 11:15PM, Edited December 2, 11:17PM

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I think the option is this speaking directly to you op. Your option is to learn to use the T2i effectively and beautifully or with the same skill set at present attempt to substitute a more expensive camera for skill and knowledge. The truth is there is no camera made that can make up for a lack of skill, knowledge and experience. Good luck.

December 3, 2015 at 1:25PM

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