Yeah, an of course no mention of one of the most prevalent catch-22 in this industry. To approach a casting director you already need to have money and of course to have money you need to start raising it and you can't without your cast, not even on crowd funding platform that require that you already have your cast. So which comes first? Oh, the money of course.
I've found a Nikkor 24 mm MF 2.8 AIS and a Nikkor 50 mm, MF 1.4 cheap on ebay and in very good condition. I use these two lenses on a Panasonic G7 with a speedbooster to adapt Nikon lenses. What I've found is that these two lenses are not as good as the cheap 14-42mm kit lens that came with the camera. Pretty unbelievable and I hate to destroy the myth of the old vintage lens, but after numerous testing I found out the color reproduction, especially on skin tones, is not that great, compared to a modern lens. The contrast is really bad. A relatively cheap modern lens, such as the Bower 16 mm T2.2 totally destroys the Nikkor 24 mm. I think we're talking here about misplaced nostalgia.
Really, you think the mechanical ones are better than the motorized gimbals?
Well, the biggest challenge for me is to start working as a paid DP. I'll worry about those other challenges later.
Absolutely! I got the G7 for less than 500 bucks on ebay with the 14-42mm lens. I love it. I bought a speedbooster, I'm playing with older Nikkor, a rokinon 16mm, all nikon mount. I spent a lot of time learning how to color grade with Resolve and frankly I consider now all my limitations coming from myself and my stories, not from my cam. The G7 with a decent lens and if you know how to use light is amazing. You will be able to produce a far more interesting look than the guy who shot Tangerine with a bunch of iphones. Of course you'll need an external recorder and decent mics. Soon you're going to realize that your problems and limitations are not coming from your cam, trust me on this one.
Could you elaborate on what you said about CMOS? Are you saying CCD were better? I'm not disagreeing with you, it's really a question.