...and small time rental house in Copenhagen.
Depends completely on what your need is... every TVC I've done, our food stylist has made everything from the bottom up (with the actual products that is... then added some fresh items to spice up colors etc.). I have never in my life used any of those things you mention, except for cardboard a couple of times.
Yes our stylist may fry the roast hard in the oven when it doesn't need to be cut, but when cutting is needed, she spends the time needed to roast it right as edible.
And we do 75% food stuff...
Nothing beats the real thing.... but here's the "unless", if you work in fiction and your scene has food in it that the cast doesn't eat and you are doing a lot of takes, I can totally understand the need for fake food.
Our trick is to get the shot in a very short time... we make sure all the tech is up and running and then when the food is ready, we are done in less than 10 minutes.
First question... will you be working in 3Ds Max? If so, then you needn't worry about cons, since you can't use 3Ds on macs unless you dual boot it... why bother.
I build a new pc in 2015 after having been stuck in mac land for 10 years or so. Haven't looked back. I still use mac at work because workflow with colleagues.
3D applications these days are very GPU friendly and love cuda cores. So if you are planning to do Maya or Houdini or similar, it's worth splashing out on a proper video card. Doesn't have to be Titan XP... infact don't waste money on it since it's still new and overpriced, but if I had to buy a new pc today, I'd do a 1080ti hands down.
At the very least, don't go cheap and get something with low amount of ram. It will strike down on the viewport refresh rate and drive you nuts when modelling and will also affect something like Davinci Resolve if you do colorgrading / editing.
In terms of cpu, I'd look at a either an old xeon dual cpu with semi low clock, but lots of cores. You can probably still buy cheap used 12 core xeons. I have a mate running a dual 12-core xeon system with 48 threads... :o
Otherwise i7 with 6-8-12 cores to give you as many threads as possible.
Do NOT buy i3 or i5........
32gb of ram... doesn't have to be ecc.
I bought a 32" uhd monitor and while big, it gives me a nice big viewport while still having all the necessary menus open at the same time.
Honestly.... terrible food lighting.
Nothing new for the A7 line???
How about the A9?
Remember that the A7 was also more a hybrid stills camera than a video camera, where the A7s and A7s II was made with video in focus.
So I'm thinking, if this is what they offer for the A9, I'm pretty excited to see what the A9s will bring. If that means log and 10bit... I just might finally invest in a camera again, and this time not even look at Canon :) They really dropped the ball with the 5D4
I doubt you'll enjoy it...... dont waste your money to save money.