I come from the print media industry, but find moving pictures waaaay more fun to work on. I shoot/edit video & audio, do motion design and 3D.
Is the SONY FS5 a possible option to consider? It has many of the features you seek at a cost that may afford you a lens or two when switching over to the SONY system. It is smaller and lighter than the FS7, which is a plus for shooting mobile at events. It will have better low light than a MFT system, especially if you add a Metabones Speedbooster and fast glass. Glass is obviously a big part of the investment, but you can adapt many lenses to the SONY system.
FWIW, I currently shoot on a GH4, and while I really enjoy the camera, all of the issues you mention mirror my interest in moving to a "professional" camera. The GH4 can produce exceptional results in the right conditions, but low light is not one of them. Shooting under tight deadlines doesn't always afford the option to light a shoot, and the MFT sensor can really struggle. I have the Metabones Speedbooster and Sigma 18-35mm lens combo, which is a huge help in low light. Other things that slow me down is adding an audio preamp/recorder (Tascam DR70D) and a monitor/recorder to my rig (Blackmagic Video Assist). At some point it just makes sense to look at a dedicated video camera for video work!
I do like how Canon renders skin tones, which is a primary concern for most of the work I do. I do nearly all of my post work, and most of my clients don't budget for a colorist, which means I try to get baked in color as close as possible to minimize color work in post.
I am curious to see what direction you go in, and I appreciate all the detailed comments others have posted. Its a great time to be shooting!
Agreed. If a light fixture extends forward, it only makes sense to place one of the legs underneath it for support. I have seen C-stands fall over when a leg wasn't under the weight of what they were supporting. Common logic.
Yeah, Deadpool was a silly flick, but I enjoyed it. Not everything needs to be high art.
Good advice, and formula for calculating your lighting needs. I need to learn more about lights, or find budgets that afford a proper gaffer!
For a lot of my work, my GH4 could continue to serve me for another year. If I stay with the micro four thirds system, the GH4 would also make a fine B camera. Camera bodies depreciate quickly, so factor in your lens investment choice for the long run. Regardless of what other people use, seek a camera system that works for you long enough to recoup your investment.
I just received the BMVA and took it out for a shoot with my GH4. Overall, I'm happy with the product. The size and resolution is great, and the 1.2 firmware adds some nice features. I much prefer the BMVA focus peaking over the blocky mess that the GH4 has. Punch in zoom is very helpful, too.
I hope Blackmagic addresses the issue of screen calibration. I also find battery life is very poor; I used five 2600mAh batteries over less than 4 hours of monitoring only (no recording). This is far below Blackmagic's claim of 3 hours for 2 batteries. I presume recording will use more battery power, so I hope to find an alternate power solution for this.
I think its a good value, but hope Blackmagic will continue to develop it. Scopes and LUT support would be very helpful.