September 9, 2014 at 3:36PM


Why do you shoot video on DSLR/mirrorless camera?

What are the advantages over a video camera?


I own, and therefore, typically shoot with a Sony a7s. Here's why:

1) Price. In general, it's a cheaper buy-in to go this route. Now, the FS100 just had a price drop that brings it very close to the same price, and of course the BMPCC is significantly less expensive, so this isn't always true.

2) Stills. I don't shoot stills for a living, but for a camera purchase, it's nice also having a camera I can shoot great still with for personal purposes or the occasional professional need.

3) Size. Portability is pretty important to me.

September 9, 2014 at 8:47PM

David S.

- Price : You get a lot of bang for the buck.

- Compactness : You can carry 2 or 3 cameras with lenses in one case.

- Image quality : Larger sensor cameras produce a higher quality look compared to ENG style cameras.

- Smaller Crew : It`s quite possible to go out and shoot something as a one-man-army with a couple of mirrorless cameras, where it would be a much bigger hassle to do the same thing with a couple of prosumer ENG cameras.

- Faster Return on Your Investment : Because the overall cost is much lower, you can pay off your gear much faster than higher end gear that could take 5+ years to pay off.

September 23, 2014 at 6:48PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Cameras become obsolete very quickly, but good lenses much more slowly. Many DSLRs/CSCs can, with adaptors, use all sorts of lenses such as old Russian film lenses. Although you lose all automation, such lenses can produce remarkable images. There are examples on YouTube of people doing it sucessfully. The CSCs are especially good at this as they have no mirror to get in the way.

March 12, 2015 at 3:11PM

Julian Richards
Film Warlord

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