Just wanted to thank you for your insights. I'll definitely be going through your link on C-Log. I've always had the luxury not to have to dig too deep into this kind of technical detail, but being able to film myself - I guess the time has come now. :)
Sorry I didn't reply earlier - I was out on a shoot for a couple of days with no time to spare. I read up on all your comments though and would like to thank you all for your great feedback!
There is some news: I found a used C100 mki for € 1100 / $ 1180, which felt like a good price to take the plunge - I went out and purchased it today. If I ever would upgrade to a better body in the future it won't feel like a huge capital loss. So, happy to get going now! Next stop: lens and mic.
Thanks again for all your insights. The ones about the C100 (setup, rigging, etc) specifically are extremely helpful and I'm definitely using them as guidelines for my next step.
Logan, I see you're another C100 convert for doc shooting. Good to hear! This camera seems to be (unfairly?) disregarded by many, but loved by people who actually use it. What are your thoughts on the image it produces, especially if it would undergo a proper grade in post?
Thanks, Rudy! The A7sii is definitely up there in my considerations. Have you used its hand-held, without a rig? Is that doable?
Thanks for your thoughts on the C100 and putting out that list with gear suggestions!
Indeed, I'm totally with you on the C100's run-and-gun capabilities. To have on-board ND filters is awesome and the form factor feels quite good.
Do you own or have you used a C100? My main worry with this camera is its codec and image quality. My projects tend to go through a proper grade afterwards and I'm not sure if the C100's 8-bit AVCHD codec can really stand up to this. What are your experiences in this regard?
Thanks for chipping in!
Interesting, I never thought of a Digital Bolex. I see they the company's discontinued, which is a worry in terms of support. I could look into other CCD-camera's.
Regarding what you're saying about lighting equipment: in my documentaries I do not do talking heads. It's simply not my style and I therefore never having to think of lighting subjects in these circumstances. This might help explain my comments on Guy and Michael's replies also.
Thanks also for your views on both models of the GH series! Good to know.