September 16, 2014 at 4:39PM
Gear recommendation for Indie
After working steadily for 5 years I feel I want to create a proper short film (not the one I intend on uploading web for free but something special :) I plan on shooting after 9 months, around end of summer of 2015. My Confusion:
1) Camera: I will not rent. I sold my 5D as the ML-RAW though great was difficult for me. I own a GH4 (will use it as a B cam with a Shogun for 10bit 4:2:2, hopefully the improvement in 10 bit would be good enough) and I plan on either getting a A7s+Shogun or working my ass and buying the FS7 (really keen on FS7). I want to shoot 4K and deliver in 2K. As there will be little green screen I need the 4K 10-bit 4:2:2. A7s does not do 10-bit and also as I plan on continuing client work for next 9 months, unless I show up with something as wow as the FS7 most clients reject anything other than a 5D or C100 (these are the only names they know).
2) Lenses: I have the Canon 16-35, 70-200 II, Tamron 24-70 VC, 50mm 1.4, 40mm 2.8, Rokinon Fast Prime kit. The film is not for pixel-peeping but I wonder about the resolving power. Every other day I read someone laughing over Canon L lenses that they do not have decent resolving power. How? If they are made to shoot a 20MP image why can't they be good enough for 2MP (HD) or 8MP (UHD).
At the same time I feel like selling all these and getting good set of primes. Sigma 35mm, 50mm to start with. Anyone has any thoughts?
Ideally I don't want to rent as I want to get the lenses I am shooting on and test them as much as I can so I know them inside out. To me they are like brushes and I can't simply get a brush for the big exhibition without having used it day & night and getting used to it.
3) Sound: Hardly anyone talks about it, I don't know why. I have a Rode NT3 and Zoom H4n which has served me well. What next? I am not too keen on investing in sound equipment as I feel I will hire someone and rent equipment because camera equipment pays off (and I DP myself anyways) with client work. Sound is a different (and even more important) beast.
As of now I have kept a budget of $15-18k (at max, ideally should restrict to $10k truth be told) for these things.