A stills guy and writer since high school, video guy since 2009.
I bought one of these directly from Tilta in China, and it seems pretty well-made. Haven't had a chance to see how effective the heat sink and fan work, but fit and finish of the product is good.
One problem, though, is that the XLR-K1M does NOT work for this setup unless you take the handle off. The cable from the shoe connection comes out the front and the handle is in the way.
Something I found out the hard way, with the Adobe CC update in early 2016, they dropped support for NVIDIA GPUs. I had to replace my laptop, which otherwise had great specs (2014 Macbook Pro, 16GB, 750GB SSD, i7), because of this. All of a sudden, my render times increased by a factor of 10, all because somebody at Adobe thought my NVIDIA was a "legacy" product. Make sure you get something with an AMD GPU.
You can't afford the Zeiss glass, too bad because it's nice; I own several. I've heard the Rokinon lenses are decent. But for the best bang for your buck, if you can live without AF, is buying used Olympus Zuiko OM-mount lenses. The 28/2 and 35/2 each can be had for around $250 (see KEH.com) and both are outstanding.
Three things to consider:
- Macs don't crash. Or at least they only crash very rarely. Can't say the same about Windows (see below).
- Windows machines frequently suffer from auto-updates ("service pack" installs) that cause problems, which they have because the OS has so many holes in it you could drive a truck full of viruses through them.
- If you are dealing with titling, the fonts don't always translate very well from Mac to Windows (and vice-versa), so going back and forth between platforms isn't as seamless as you would hope.
Why wouldn't you use real guns firing blanks? Then you'd get blowback and muzzle flash too.