September 16, 2014 at 10:08AM

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What to do with the Canon C100

I have owned a Canon C100 for the last 6 months or so, and now that we are in the height of the Camera releases, Im feeling like I need to sell it before It gets out schooled/or drops dramatically in price.
Are there any C100 owners that are feeling/felt the same way?

I bought the C100 mainly because of this ergonomics and low light performance. Id like to buy a camcorder not a stills camera if I replaced it. Also I've recently fell in love with slow motion.

Any Suggestions?

My Gear: Canon C100, Panasonic GH4, DJI Phantom 2-GoPro 3

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I'm in the market for a new camera but I'm nervous for the same reason. I was looking at getting a C100 but I fear Canon could release something new. Decisions, decisions...

September 16, 2014 at 1:48PM

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Alex Quinn
Cinematographer / Drone Operator/ Editor/ Colorist
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C100 + 1080 60p, please.

September 17, 2014 at 12:32AM

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Thank God for hearing your prayers.
Today it´s clear that we will have a 1080 60p
so, now we get up the line

October 24, 2014 at 9:18AM

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1080p 60fps, that is.

September 17, 2014 at 12:38AM

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Concentrate on your projects, not on your gear ; )

The C100 with AF is an incredible camera, that is unbeatable in ergonomics. Combined with a Ninja 2 recorder it delivers high quality Pro Res 220 mb/s video, which makes a perfect color correction and grading possible.

Have fun!

September 17, 2014 at 2:33AM

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Richard, how do you work the AF without a touchscreen?

I've seen a review by Fenchel & Janisch and their AF work on the C100 was "sprey and prey". Had Canon given the C100 a touchscreen I'd be soooo all over it!

September 17, 2014 at 11:20PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
Director
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"Richard, how do you work the AF without a touchscreen?"

A touchscreen would be of interest under certain conditions, I can see that. I constructed a rig for handheld run and gun. The C100 rig touches my head, my eye is on the Zacuto Z-finder. This construction gives me with 2 hand grips a stable 3-point contact.

The magnification button on the grip is set to AF on/off.

Choose the field of focus (centre) push AF on and off or leave it on if your subject is moving out of the field of focus. If it is the only subject, than you have to make sure to keep the subject in the centre to maintain correct focus.

Focus pulling is one of the more difficult operations to perform on any camera. I find the C100 AF not the perfect solution, but a very workable one, in many situations.

All the camera announcements over the last year (since I own the thing) have contributed to my feeling of having done the right investment with this camera. It is build with the "cine" in mind. Any operator of this camera will be pleasantly surprised of the way things are organized and working.

September 18, 2014 at 2:46AM

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The C100 is still a solid workhorse, no release this year will really change that. Get a Ninja 2 recorder if you haven't, as that provides a big benefit to the C100 for a relatively low cost.

If you are going to get another camera instead, it is hard to go past the Sony FS7 as an option! Is looking great.
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/09/sony-pxw-fs7-super-35mm-e-mount-camera-internal-4k-xavc-raw
http://blog.planet5d.com/2014/09/sony-pxw-fs7-confirms-multi-front-war-o...
http://www.newsshooter.com/2014/09/12/sony-pxw-fs7-4k-super35-camera-the...
http://www.cinema5d.com/sony-fs7-launched-portable-super35-4k-camera-exc...

Although you said you just want a camcorder not a stills camera, do take a peak at the Sony A7S anyway... as together with a 4K recorder (and Sony's servo zoom) it looks like a killer combo with draw dropping lowlight capabilities (though the price would add up...):
https://vimeo.com/105690274
http://petapixel.com/2014/07/04/philip-bloom-compares-eyes-sonys-a7s-bea...
(people are dropping their C100 for an A7S instead, check out this group for instance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/alpha7s/)
https://vimeo.com/106193841

September 17, 2014 at 5:25AM

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David Peterson
Wedding Cinematographer
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I'm looking to upgrade cameras. I'm really considering a C100 and A7s combo. Currently shooting on a Canon 5D Mark III and 60D. They have worked great but the DSLR cons are beginning to outweigh the pros at this stage. But the FS7 is also very intriguing

September 21, 2014 at 9:20AM, Edited September 21, 9:20AM

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Alex Quinn
Cinematographer / Drone Operator/ Editor/ Colorist
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It's the projects that matter, not the gear! Once you get your "new equipment" you'll be standing on the same position you are right now! 40 years back, people did NOT had something CLOSE to the C100 and they were STILL MAKING MOVIES!

September 17, 2014 at 11:09AM

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Tommy Plesky
Director / D.P / Editor
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For now you can add on a Ninja Star recorder for $300 to get 8-bit 4:2:2 recording, and just wait for Canon to make a move. ( which probably won't happen until NAB next year )

Otherwise, if you've got too much cash in your bank account you could sell your C100 and buy the new Sony FS7 camera, which shoots 10-bit 4:2:2 in UHD to 60 fps and HD to 180 fps. It's the new queen of the prosumer ball at Photokina this year.

September 17, 2014 at 5:48PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Once the lights go out in your theater or living room your audience won't be able to tell if it was shot with a $5,000 camera or a $100,000 one because- 1) Sound is half your movie, 2) if the story isn't any good then you lost your audience even it was shot on a $100,000 camera and 3) 99% of people can only tell the differences between cameras images ($5K to $100K) when they are viewed side by side.

September 17, 2014 at 5:55PM

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William Scherer
Writer/Director/Producer/Fine Art Aerial Photography
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Listen to this guy. He knows what he is talking about.

October 16, 2014 at 12:32PM

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matthew david wilder
Director/Cameraman/Editor/Colorist
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I second that

October 19, 2014 at 7:54PM

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Nick Capezzera
DP & Editor
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Agree.

Besides that, I believe that the difference in terms of image quality between the premium "hollywood" class of cameras (Arri, RED, etc.) and affordable cameras like currently GH4, A7S, C100 etc, will get smaller and smaller every year.

Same for sound. I work a lot with sound recording, mixing, processing. You can now produce Hollywood type audio-work on a rather standard PC with some good software. It all depends on how smart and creative we are, and less and less on the tools.

April 13, 2015 at 4:42AM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
CineVideo-NL videographer
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What you got is just fine. It's a great camera and you bought it for the ergo and low-light capabilities. Nothing has changed there. As a professional commodities trader I can tell you that you are reacting like a lot of bad traders. Second-guessing or chasing the latest thing only to take a loss on your current position. Forget the "Camera-Envy" and focus on using what you got and honing your craft. In the long run you will be a lot better off.

September 23, 2014 at 9:39PM

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I agree with people saying "stop worrying about your gear".

But I also am going to say, is the camera losing you jobs or allowing you to work jobs. I'd guess that it is allowing you to make money and therein lies its purpose. The C100 isn't new and its not the best camera in every category but it is very good in a lot of categories and it beats the hell out of any DSLR.

I would say(if you haven't already) get one of the prores recorders and the autofocus upgrade. or/and think about other things that will really help you as a DP/shooter a great tripod will last forever and help your camera operating. Lights are so valuable and a good value compared to buying a new camera

October 2, 2014 at 9:05PM

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Peter Staubs
Camera Assistant
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I think the C100 is still incredibly strong... though yes, it doesn't have "every feature under the sun", I think it's still an upgrade from many cameras on the market.

I just shot this on it: http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/what-do-you-think-our-150-holoc...

October 29, 2014 at 10:32AM, Edited October 29, 10:32AM

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Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker
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The C100 is now 3,999 so CANON is hopefully up to something. I want the new C100 Mark ii, Or maybe the Sony FS7.

January 2, 2015 at 1:15PM

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