February 20, 2017 at 12:32AM
2017: Clients and 4k deliverables?
I am a young aspiring cinematographer looking to purchase a DSLR/mirrorless camera to start shooting more projects, doing work for clients, and building my reel. In considering camera choice I wanted to ask about your experiences working with clients: in 2017 are clients asking for 4k deliverables yet (I know that each client is different, but in general for low budget/mid budget projects)?
If not is it perhaps a better use of my money to purchase a camera body like a GH3 or a Canon t5i (or another solid 1080p DSLR/mirrorless camera) and invest in gear such as good cinema lenses, a C-stand or two, and other grip gear (I already have a set of Lowel tungsten lights, tripod, audio recorder, shotgun mic, etc.)? I could invest in gear that will be more long term and learn how to create compelling footage with what I have that pleases clients, then upgrade my camera body in the future after having earned some money and built up a reel. Or is not having a 4k-capable camera in 2017 going to hurt my marketability starting out?