May 31, 2015 at 5:05AM

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Camera Upgrade?

I purchased a Nikon d5200 in December as my first camera. I shoot pictures with it as well but I'm looking at keeping it as my pic camera and investing in a better quality, video rig. Cameras I'm considering are the Blackmagic Pocket/Cinema/Mini Ursa, as well as the Canon C100 or the Mkii. I'm really looking for a solid VIDEO camera since I already have a dslr I can use for stills so I'm less interested in a7s/gh4/ etc .. Im really thinking the mini Ursa has everything I could want-I plan to shoot in 1080p not 4k for now.

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I should note I'm a one man band production company so audio inputs are a plus.

June 1, 2015 at 3:59AM

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DustinD
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There is no perfect camera, and with every camera you should also need to know that depending on the kind of projects you want to shoot (narrative, documentary, music video, weddings, etc.) there should be a camera more adequate to some scenarios than others. Personally we acquired a C100 because it comes with all the features we needed right out of the box: the form factor for me works great, it is compatible with our lenses (all our lenses are EF mount). Size and weight also matters, because all your accesories need to be tough enough to support/move (tripods, sliders, etc.) your new camera. For me AVCHD, and 1080p was more than enough to my clientes (we rarely deliver 1080p masters, everyone wants a DVD here and sometimes 1080p files for electronic distribution) and C100 1080p looks spectacular thanks to its 4k sensor and I was more than pleased with the overall image look and flexibility (at least for my needs). Also, the battery duration is great (240 min average), and it has great on camera audio preamps. Sure, there are other cameras that seem to give more bang for the buck but remember there is no perfect camera, the kind of projects you shoot will determine what kind of features you'll need the most and which will be sacrificed, try to find what those features are for you to find the best camera for your needs. I'd went with C100 MkII if they were around when i bought my C100 (got it ten months earlier than that).

June 2, 2015 at 6:49PM

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Ulises Bravo
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We all do as we please, so I strongly suspect Dustin this will fall on deaf ears.
I would strongly advise not buying any of the cameras you have suggested and getting some instruction on using the camera you have. You have a very capable dslr movie making machine in your hands and ignorance of its use will be even more so with the more expensive camera. If you have to ask us which camera to buy, then obviously you are not ready and your purchase will be wasted. Put the money into making some short films that experience will be your best advice. If you want to be a poser filmmaker go ahead and buy, but if you want to be a real one, invest in yourself first, learn to use all the functions of your Nikon camera for filmmaking and then you will be prepared to make your own decision. It is like finding a spouse, I like em in their 50's with a little bit of meat of them, but for you, you might like someone different. Cameras for filmmaking are like that too. At least I tried to get thru to you.

June 3, 2015 at 3:27PM, Edited June 3, 3:27PM

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Lofar, first off thank you for your advice. That said, I need to correct you on a few things. 1) I am fully understanding of the image quality of this camera and frankly it does quite well in alot of areas. I don't really do short films I do client work (Training Videos, Interviews, Auditions, Web Commercials etc) but of course I would love to do a short film in the future. 2) My reason for wanting to upgrade is more convince related i.e. On my particular Nikon aperature can't be adjusted w/o going out of live view. I have some manual lenses to get around this but this is annoying. Additionally I am tired of syncing sound in post and would rather get a camera having built in XLR inputs. If not, I am strongly considering a juicelink or something similar. 3) My plan is to invest in the Nikon mount lenses that way if I were to get a M43 style camera in the future I would be compatible. (Unless I went with a Canon C100 obviously). Lastly I've seen numerous posts asking advice on cameras so for you to say "If you have to ask us which camera to buy..." is a little condescending and elitist of you. I'm just asking for opinions of cameras that would suit my needs.

June 4, 2015 at 11:50AM, Edited June 4, 11:51AM

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DustinD
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samsung nx1 ?

June 4, 2015 at 6:48PM

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Sorry if I came off as rude guys, I should've mentioned I'm probably not going to upgrade for at least 2-8 months. So yes I will keep building experience with this camera. I'm 90% certain I'm going to stick with the Nikon F mount and my next camera will be a MFT style camera-probably a GH4/BMPCC or maybe even a Nikon D750. As far as audio goes that was a want but not need to have in camera audio. So we will see what happens!

June 5, 2015 at 8:53AM, Edited June 5, 8:53AM

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DustinD
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It is only elitist and condescending if you choose to take it that way.

Your OP Camera Upgrade? do you think Philip Bloom asks people on the internet what camera to buy? I don't think so, because if he buys a camera, it fills a roll in his workflow and provides something for his clients.

I do think since you are in business that buying a new camera for the purpose of impressing clients is a valid purpose. Maybe not a photographic one, but without sales, there is no business. I notice many jobs will say they want FCP and an apple computer, why? Well, it doesn't matter why, if the client wants it and is willing to pay for it that is the only why needed. Doesn't make sense to me, but that is frequently seen no matter how ignorant.
As I stated in the earlier post, no one can make this decision for you, but they can only share from experience. Your workflow, needs, clientelle are all different and you are the only one that can make the decision and buy a Red camera or an Arri.

June 6, 2015 at 4:25PM

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