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Which Cinema camera is currently your favorite and why?
Canon 5D and Blackmagic 2,5 K. Both have a good qualities like low light (5D), good color space (BM 2,5 K).
March 12, 2015 at 6:34AM, Edited March 12, 6:34AM
My favorite is what I can afford... :-)
I can't wait for NAB 2015 to roll out as I think the next camera I will want will be revealed at NAB.
If money was no object, I would love to shoot with a Sony F5 or Sony FS7. If I couldn't afford either of these, then I would probably go for a Panasonic GH4 or Sony AS7 with a 4K external recorder. Down from these, I would go for a Nikon D7200 or Nikon D5300. Below these I would go for a Nikon D5200. If I couldn't afford a used D5200, I would save my money until I could.
March 12, 2015 at 10:10AM
I really like my BMPCC. It is fairly inexpensive and produces beautiful images. It does have a few disadvantages such as battery life, but overall I love the camera and will use it for a long time.
March 12, 2015 at 6:12PM
That I've used, the GH4. I find the picture cleaner at low ISOs than the A7S, and I have a much easier time getting things like flesh tones into the appropriate color ranges. But I haven't used an external recorder, and I have limited experience with higher end options.
I shot my previous feature on a C300, which is a great camera, and I shot my most recent feature (a documentary) on Gh4 and A7S. I really enjoy having the 4k resolution of the Gh4 to pull from for interviews, and it has also been great for chroma-keying in other projects I've used it on. Minimal reliability issues, filming for hours at a time continuously in the interviews. Given the 2.2 crop factor for 4k, I did find it impossible to get the shallow DOF I wanted for the interviews without a speedbooster, so that was an essential add-on purchase in my case.
Although the internal Gh4 footage is only 8-bit, I find that the 4k resolution makes it fairly easy to color key successfully, whereas C300 footage bordered on impossible to key on-set greenscreens or bluescreens and only performed acceptably in perfect, studio lighting conditions.
April 4, 2015 at 9:57PM
Look wise. The Alexa but qould never own one due to price. I have a 5d scarlet and an A7s. For 'cinema' the Scarlet trumps them imo if you have the ability to light properly and shoot outdoors. The red compressed raw is much more manageable than magic lantern raw and although the a7s is perhaps the best bang for your buck and a great camera, bad rolling shutter and i just don't find the color as nice as canon or red. That said I haven't had the same amount of time with that camera then the other two.
Side note: the mx to dragon upgrades are ending soon. Im hoping/expecting to see prices plummet on epic and scarlet. And the older 1.8 cards arent being continued so they are dropping too
April 21, 2015 at 6:14PM
I love the camera and will use it for a long time
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February 22, 2018 at 1:29AM, Edited February 22, 1:29AM