April 7, 2015 at 10:54AM

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Best Cam to go with BMPCC (Low light, etc)

Hello all, I currently have 4 starter cameras:

- 2 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras
- 2 T3i's

I still havent learned the proper color correcting to get the best out of the pocket for proper cinema work. In the meantime I got work doing videos for events, etc that dont really require super color correcting. However I am finding a bit difficult to match the t3i with the BMPCC (i shoot with magic lantern and cine style on the t3i) and proxy on the BMPCC. (Dont need more for most of my work)

I certainly want to become more professional in every aspect. I'd like to know which would be the best camera for me to get for multicam with the 2 BMPCC's that I have.

I once thought of buying either the BM 2.5k or the BM 4k but they're not good in low light, and even though i would appreciate the higher resolution, i dont need it right at this moment.

Is the Sony A7s my best option? Or should I find a way to sell all my gear and get into other cameras?

I really like the ability to have 3-4 cameras for events, etc, but having 2 pairs of different cameras isnt working too well.

Like I said, im not really using the BMPCC for RAW right now, but I want to really soon, which is one reason I wouldnt like to sell them both to get something more out of the box, I mean i want both, RAW when i need it, and quick editing when needed.

Lowlight is VERY important for most my work.

Look forward to reading your comments. Thanks in advance guys!!

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Have you tried grading with a color chart? Blackmagic cameras are notoriously difficult to grade without one.

We recently did a shoot with two different cameras and it was a complete pain. I totally recommend shooting on the same platform. If you're doing event work and the budget is there, C100s are nice as well as FS700s.

April 7, 2015 at 6:42PM

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No i havent recorded with a color chart. Will have to buy one. Any affordable one that you recommend? I set both the canon and bm with the same white balance, frame rate, etc but it's still very difficult to grade as you say. I have been looking at the C100's now the the price dropped, but I suppose you suggest moving from blackmagic to canon to not have to match cameras, right? And I'd love an fs700 but the budget is tight for that one. I was thinking about fs100 paired with an a7s for low light. How would you compare the fs100 to the c100? And which would be wiser, easier. To move from BM to Canon or to Sony?? If i move to Canon I suppose I would be able to still use my t3i's together with the c100, but I have been reading a lot of complaints from filmmakers about Canon not being up there with the competition. Thanks for your advice William.

April 8, 2015 at 3:17AM, Edited April 8, 3:17AM

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I like the image of the C100 over the FS100, personally. The best thing you can do is try to rent both cameras and see how they work for you. The C100 is struggling to keep up with the competition when it comes to frame rate and resolution (at best it's 60i and 1080) but if you don't need more than that, it's a great camera. Last winter we shot at night with very little ambient light and the C100 did just fine.

May 7, 2015 at 5:29PM

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