April 27, 2016 at 8:52AM

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Best Camera on abudget for filmmaking

I´m an amateur filmmaker and I do a lot of sport videos and music videos too and plan to film wedding. My budget is not big (around 3k- tops 4k) and I am deciding wich camera to buy. My question is:
I can buy a a6300+ the stock lens + sony f1.8 35mm prime + dji ronin m and other accesories like mic for recording and everything would be about the price of the a7sii without lens (Around 3K).

do u think this bundle is nice for my needs (i think the gimball would be so useful for me) or I should not buy the a6300 because of the shutter speed and spend a little more with the a7sii and go handheld without gimbal?
I heard that the A7siii will be out soon and it will record 4k60p and that is a big plus for me. I wonder if the a6300 with a good lenses is good as an a7sii or iii (wich is not even out yet haha) should I wait for the a7siii and buy her and then use it with a cheap glidecam that sells on amazon for 70 dollars?
btw I am used to film with the gopro handheld and my hands are very steady but i think something like the ronin would be a major step up compared to the a7sii handheld

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Well, your combination of the a6300 with the Ronin M seems to be a good choice. You have to consider that the camera's stabeilzer only won't do the job a gimbal does. So definitely go with the a6300 if you think you would otherwise have some stabilization ishues.
But a glidecam would do the job as well. It even doesn't requieres power like the Ronin does. The A7s II on a glidecam would work as well but would be much more exepensive (because you also need a good lens; that is what makes your images look great, your camera can only capture what it gets from the lens). So you might be above $4k if you take the A7s II.

April 27, 2016 at 1:27PM

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Eric Halbherr
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http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SEL35F18-35mm-Prime-Fixed/dp/B0096W1P5W?ie=UT...

Well, I have done some reseacrh on lenses and I found out that they say that this sony lens are really awesome and does a relally good job on capturating what u are saying and it only costs 400bucks. What do u think about? then I think with everything that I need for the a7sii would be around 4k tops i guess

April 28, 2016 at 8:04AM

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Wedding and event videography is a lot different than sport and music video shooting (which tend to have short bursts of filming between long stretches of setups). Reliability is important: you don't want to say "could you please lift the veil and kiss the bride again? My camera overheated the first time and I had to let it cool down for a few minutes. Can we actually go back to the exchanges of the vows?"

Read this thread from these boards: http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/a7sii-overheating-woes

Then prioritize your camera choices accordingly.

April 27, 2016 at 1:41PM

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thank you! so do u think the a6300 would be better in the overheating issue? I would never buy a camcorder because of the size, DSLR are perfect for chasing and stuff and that is why I want a ronin m so bad.

April 28, 2016 at 11:28AM

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I might be wrong but I don't think he has the latest firmware installed in that post. I have the a7RII which used to overheat all the time but with the new firmware I haven't had any problems. I would assume the same is true for the a7SII. Also, a "hack" was just released to remove the 30 minute limit on record time.

April 29, 2016 at 9:02AM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
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