May 23, 2016 at 12:00PM
4k delivery the new standard? Do I need a new camera?
Okay -- first off -- cinematography isn't my main business. I'm primarily a writer and director, but I've been learning photography and shot composition as a necessary part of growing as a filmmaker.
Mostly I rely on my friends' skills to get my shorts made. I imagine this is how filmmaking will work for me for the rest of my life.
For my projects, my DP is an experienced cinematographer and shoots on a Blackmagic Ursa Mini with primarily vintage Nikon lenses. It looks great.
My personal camera is a 64mpbs bit-rate hacked Nikon D5200. I'm not even quite sure what "64mpbs bit-rate" means, but I know that my colors and image look great. I love this thing. I love how I can use my older/cheaper Nikon lenses on it. Most importantly, I'm learning on it.
I used it as a B-Camera on our last shoot. It doesn't quite match up with the Ursa Mini, but I shot with the Nikon during sunrise on a beach. It's supposed to be a dream sequence so we can heavily edit the image and it would be plausible. But I'm not sure how much longer the Nikon will work as a B camera, if ever again.
Additionally, now people are seeing my work, stuff that I've shot without my DP, and I'm getting offered freelance shooting gigs. Should I upgrade?
Because I use vintage lenses, I don't need autofocus and image stabilization. I have lights. I don't care about low-light situations. I just want good colors and shadows, and I don't want to empty my bank account. I don't get paid enough to go out and buy a Canon 1D mk II.
I was thinking the Samsung nx1 would be a great option. Do I actually need company support?
The GH4 doesn't look that great. I'm not going to buy an external recorder for higher quality files. And if I'm not going to go with an external recorder, I might as well get the gx85. I've never shot on a panasonic before. I have no idea if I can learn to love it.
I'm extremely skeptical about the Sony a6300 for reasons I can't quite articulate. I might just hate Sony's cameras.
I'd love a blackmagic cinema camera so I could push myself to learn color grading, but that requires more gear, and they don't have a 4k camera in my price range. I also like things like viewfinders, battery life, and not expensive file storage systems.
Do I wait for more options? I have a gig coming up in a month, but I also have someone interested in buying my Nikon. Do I sell it at no cost and rent for the next year and see what happens? Do you have a crystal ball? Can you read my fortune?