October 1, 2017 at 5:05PM

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New camera body vs new lenses

Basically is am at a crossroads of gear. I own a canon 70D, nifty 50mm, pancake 24mm, sigma 17-50, and kit lenses. I shoot weddings, realtor, and other corporate gigs with hopes of doing some narrative work at some point. Should I invest in a GH5 and adaptor or better ef glass? (ef because its pretty adaptable) If lenses probably a set of rokinon or nice canon or sigma glass but the bit rates, 4k, and no record limit sounds great. So thoughts???

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If I were in your shoes, I would probably invest in good glass. Like you've pointed out EF lenses are adapted to just about every mount these days and for the most part they won't become obsolete in the next 10-20 years. Glass has a long shelf life, unlike cameras. Also, you have a 50mm prime, 24mm prime and a 17-50 lens. Those are great ranges but if you are shooting a lot of weddings, I highly recommend buying something with a bit more range. I personally prefer to at least be able to reach 100mm with my Canon C100 (similar in crop to APS-C sensors). That being said an 85mm prime would be a good place to start, to get you a solid short telephoto lens.

With that being said, if the bulk of your work goes to weddings, I think investing in a new camera body could be a good idea. A Canon 70D, as good as it is, really isn't ideal for shooting in a run and gun environment. A GH5 will have a better ISO range with better low light performance. In my experience, the Canon APS-C line has terrible low light video compared to even something like a GH5 (with a smaller sensor). In addition, everyone seems to use a lot of slow motion in weddings these days and the GH5 will give you a comfortable few options to make some really pretty slow motion, but I digress...

Bottom line, it really depends on what you need and what your clients want. I won't be upgrading my own kit to 4k for at least 3-5 years. I just don't do enough work that warrants 4k, and when I do need it, the budget is enough that I am comfortable renting something 4k. When it comes to bitrates, if you are properly lighting, exposing and composing your shots, you probably won't need much more than 8 bit at 35mbps. That's just been my experience though. Of course if you have less ideal lighting situations, bit rate and bit depth can be a life saver. It really depends on what your situation is.

October 8, 2017 at 10:13AM

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Matthias Claflin
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Right now its looking like I am going to be getting more and more weddings and while I have enjoyed using my 70D and has been amazing, toward reception time it shows its faults. How is the c100 at weddings? I've also debated getting a used C100 mark ii if cheap enough. Though no 4k, Ive used it before and it just feels right.

October 22, 2017 at 9:08PM

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If I were in your shoes, I'd probably go with the camera. Yes, lenses tend to be a better long term investment, but it sounds like a GH5 would be really helpful for your work. Even cheaper EF primes like you're using can produce excellent images, and the features and reliability of a GH5 will help a ton and last a very long time.

I agree with Matthias though. It might be worth looking for cheaper/used lenses to fill out your range a little.

October 11, 2017 at 9:57AM

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Joseph Elliott
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