May 4, 2018 at 10:21PM


Camera for 10k budget

For context: I graduated as a petroelum engineering. During my Uni years i picked up photography then videography (first because it make more, photography is quite saturated where i am). Since graduation I've been working for 2 and a half years as a camera man - editor for a marketing company. I am familiar with working with short movies, testimonial, advertisement. Now im moving on to Australia for advance education and i want to work while studying as well as have practical experience. So im looking for a suggestion for cameras and lenses with 10k budget. I started with a 60D, then 5D Mark III, now Canon C100 Mark II is my daily driver. I can say im experienced so what im looking for in a camera is: 4K or above, good dynamic range, tolerance in post, XLR input, good tactile layout, can shoot log, RAW capable (may be? i have never edited raw but i do realize this i a good feature to have). I have no lenses so any system is good. Used is absolutely welcome.

Im torn between:
- Canon 1DX Mark II: great photo camera, decent video camera. ~5K, i have 5K left for lenses and accessory. And being able to do photo session is a plus.
- Canon C200 (since i have been using canon c100 mark ii).
7.5K Absolutely expensive, i really have no justification for this beside im familiar with working with canon system.
- Blackmagic Ursa. Its advantage is it 4.6K. And quite compact too. Reasonable pricing. From 4-6K for a system with decent bundle. Compressed RAW.
- RED: I did some research and I cant find any system at my price point, im impressed by their accessories and modular system. Scarlet is a decent system.
- Sony: Lenses are expensive, they're quite old too, the FS5 and FS7.
Lenses: Canon L photo lenses or Rokinon Cine lineup. Sigma or Canon Cine lenses are way out of reach apparently.
Accessory: I will find a budget for DJI Ronin or Ronin M or a Steadicam system. So camera weight is totally an issue.

What do you think would suit me best?

Thank you and Best Regards.


Thank you for your Reply Matthias, I how ever concern about heating problem since they are not very well ventilated and most of my session run for very long and they doesnt have XLR input. During my work time audio is a very important part and i dont think i will have the personnel to run audio work separately. And I believe a super 35mm system will give me headroom for upgrade later. I did look at the Veydra and i really am impressed.

May 7, 2018 at 12:37AM


Bummed to see EVA1 isn't on your list of options!

Panasonic must not be marketing heavily enough: love that camera, and you can keep using your Canon EF lenses from your C100.

Pair that with an Atomos Shogun Inferno (was shooting with it yesterday) you get ProRes RAW.

Big fan.

May 7, 2018 at 3:35AM

Charles Haine
Filmmaker, Tech Nerd

Assuming you have 10k in cash, I would recommend any of the other recommended cameras, but renting camera and lens for your projects. Buying a camera in the 10k range has rapid depreciation and unless your workload justifies the payments is a big money loser for you. There are many used cameras and used lenses that will give you excellent output given that you have the skills, inspiration and experience to benefit. The camera is not the arbitrator for quality, your ability is. Renting a camera and lens when the project justifies it is how many pros roll

May 7, 2018 at 8:15PM


I have been using the Kinemax and Terra for years now. Great imge quality for an unbeatable price. The Terrra shoots straight to Prores 422HQ. Great dynamic range, natural color profile, ability to shoot log and anamorphic. Shoots 4k up to 100fps. Low noise. Really cant beat the packages for the price.

May 7, 2018 at 10:38PM

Liam Gillies
DP / Photographer

I'll say again that the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro is the best bang for the buck. With ten gorillas, you can get the camera and some lenses.

May 14, 2018 at 10:41PM

Minor Mogul

I don't know who started the GH5S overheating rumor, but its not true. SONY a7 cameras had that problem, but never the GH series.

June 3, 2018 at 4:30AM, Edited June 3, 4:31AM


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