May 27, 2015 at 12:07PM


You have $30k to build out a complete camera package, what's in there?

Let's say, for sake of argument, you get some filthy rich investor with $30k to burn to buy you a complete camera package (camera, lenses, hardware, etc.) for your up and coming production company.

What's in that package? What kind of things do you plan on shooting with it?


For $30k I'd make a feature where the investor gets clearly listed as a "producer". This feature would anticipate some sort of tangible return on investment over the course of one year.

Otherwise the return on investment after just getting all the gear and sitting on it is going to be really questionable.

May 27, 2015 at 3:52PM, Edited May 27, 3:52PM


Canon C300 ef mount completely tricked out with a full rig with follow focus, matte box etc plus a sturdy tripod, camera stabilizer system ( usually around 2000USD for the good ones) 5 super fast and large cf cards, 4 batteries, but the catch here is the lenses so I'd get a 24-70mm f/2.8 Canon L, Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4 , Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L, 50mm Rokinon T1.5 cine lenses, I'm assuming your not counting audio so this leaves a couple thousand dollars, plus the workflow with the c300 is a breeze so storage solutions raid drives are uncessary, I know it's not 1080p but honestly it still looks amazing and it can hold up on the big screen for sure (blue is the warmest color for example). If the whole get-go for the ursa mini were out then I would consider it but at the moment the c300 is a great investment, the only downside being no 4K and the oncoming tsunami of the c300 mark 2.
I would also recommend a Sony a7s combined with the atomos shogun and a couple of SSD's for 4K plus the mov cam rig and a stabilization system (ronin, fig rig), add a mattebox and tons of filters to darken the slog2 in bright daylight. 35mm t1.5 Rokinon lenses and maybe a meta bones speed booster for canon glass. Although the workflow will be more stressful for 4K so a beefy computer and some fast hard drives may be needed, all of this should amount to around 20 000 USD allowing great freedom of choice!
Of course all of this is subjective to your client or your needs so keep that in mind, will you be traveling a lot? Or are you primarily doing studio work?

June 2, 2015 at 2:34AM, Edited June 2, 2:35AM

Matt Nunn

Finance through a leasing company a decent package, i.e. sony F5 or c300 mark II with raw recorders, a set of cp2's or canon CN-E's, a good set of sachtler or oconnor sticks, with an army of anton bauers to power it all, follow focus, matte box, and filter set, to actually buy all this would probably be like 100k to buy, but only about 5k a month to lease to own, so if you have work coming in that can cover that 5k a month, which would be nothing if you were renting it out or shooting with it consistently, than you can really get a lot with 30k, which would essentially cover you for 6 months

June 2, 2015 at 8:43AM

Patrick Hanover

If you have $30k and don't know what to buy? Then you need more knowledge, skill, experience and so spend it on those things, till you know what you need.

June 2, 2015 at 9:36AM


Blackmagic Ursa Mini and then all the accessories you need to make it whistle. Almost Red/Alexa quality for $5000 leaves a lot of money for the lenses, storage, and any other things you may need

June 3, 2015 at 9:03PM

Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker

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