September 10, 2015 at 11:27AM, Edited September 10, 11:28AM
5dmkiii stolen, looking to upgrade but I don't have a huge budget. Suggestions?
I've been reading NFS, and the boards, for a while now but only recently signed up. (I think this is my first official post)
Anywho, on a trip last month I made the foolhardy decision to bring along my 5d3 and Sigma ART 24-105 and our Airbnb was robbed while we were out (lost two laptops, camera/lenses, money, etc). The camera and lens were my primary shooters for personal projects such as web series, music videos, narrative work and event photography.
I'm a part-time freelancer and part-time barista in Brooklyn and the robbery really set me back, and now puts me in a weird place. I still have my old 5d2 body that I'd--thankfully--been too stubborn to sell when I upgraded, so I'm mostly covered on still work, barring the lost zoom lens. But I need a camera for video and it seems silly to just get another 5d3 (even though I loved that camera)
So, my question to you guys: What camera/lens should I look into getting to replace my video gear that's an upgrade from the 5d in terms of DR, codec, etc, but won't break the bank?
As it is, I'll likely need to borrow money from a few people to get up and running quick, which isn't ideal but sort of necessary at the moment. That said, I won't have a lot. Maybe $4k and under. I've been really looking at the c100 with dual pixel AF. Even though it's just HD, and has sort of outdated specs, considering all the cameras that have come and gone, I've found one for under $3k and I really like the picture it gets when it comes to color and feel. But there's always a Sony a7s with 4k recorder, etc etc.
I'm not expecting whatever I can afford to be a solid workhorse for years to come because 4k is obviously on the way in and clients are going to be hungry for it. That said, I do a lot of low-budget narrative and music video work and would love something that's capable.
Sorry for the long post, I just know everyone here has spent a lot of time with different cameras and setups and I'd really appreciate any recommendations.