August 1, 2015 at 4:52AM
Filming Hunts a spec hunters worst nightmare
As an avid hunter and passionate newcomer to the world of filming, I'm stuck at a crossroad and it seems there's no light at the tunnel for the gear I'm searching for.
I filmed an elk hunt last year for my good friend of mine, his dad and uncle. The only camera I had was my old canon hf200, our go pro's and my nikon d600. What I ended up with was decent albeit to most standards sub par footage besides maybe the go pros and a few clips from my d600. I carried the canon around for the most part due to its size an ease of use, but as most of you will comment on that it is a consumer grade camera, it simple didn't handle most of the key situations well. A few of our encounters with elk in the early mornings and thick timber, the footage was un usable do to the cameras terrible low light capabilities and its auto focus that decided branches in front of us were more important than the giant elk walking past us.
With the recent article on here saying don't upgrade, focus more on your craft etc. etc. I thought to myself could I really have done a better job with a better camera, and the truth is yes. Looking back on the days in the field recording the hunts I know I relied too much on the cameras auto features and my final edit worked out ok not great but but ok.
In searching for that better camera I'm still not sure where to turn, I've looked into newer consumer cameras, higher end 4k setups like the panasonic HC-X1000, the A7s with some lens like the 28-135mm FE PZ F4 or even the new yet unreleased AG-DVX200 or some of the comparable sony cameras in that same price point. All of which are far superior to what I currently have.
It's been through my research though, that I feel that spec hunting has made any decision I make on purchasing new gear a terrible task. Mostly because it seems that there is always a newer camera just around the corner that "will" better than what is currently available. At this point I'm hoping someone on here could at least ease my mind and help me focus on a general direction I should head in. If any of you have any experience in filming wildlife that would easily be comparable to filming any hunts I will be doing in the future.
If my ramble doesn't make any sense please feel free to ask for clarification as I hope any discussions I have on here, will at least help me learn more about filming and what I should expect to get out of whatever gear I end up with.