May 27, 2015 at 9:10PM, Edited May 27, 9:12PM
Black magic URSA Mini?
Recently, I posted a question in the forum about the pros and cons of getting a non-Canon DSLR or DSLM.
i've found myself spending FAR too much time in the past few weeks doing research, and agonizing over which camera I should buy. I'm looking into transitioning into doing photo/video work professionally over the next few years. I understand it's fairly pointless to spend heaps of money on a camera considering how quickly one model is replaced with another, scheduled obsolescence (especially from Nikon and Canon, grrrr...), depreciation, etc... and that long term, the best money is invested in lenses. However, I also don't want to be limited by a piece of kit because some key feature is missing from my camera, or there is something about it that causes me a lot of frustration every time I go out to shoot. Anyways, I had my choices narrowed down to: Canon 5D m3, Canon C100, Sony a7s, and the Panasonic GH4. Then, after all this, I discover the soon-to-be-released Blackmagic URSA Mini: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursamini
It does all that and has a pre-order price at B&H of $2995 USD.
How did I miss this with all my resarch? Of course, it's not out yet, so there aren't any reviews, but, let's imagine that even though it lacks internal ND filters, and it may not perform in low light as well as the Canon 5D m3, C100 or the Sony a7s... is there any reason why I wouldn't get this above all other contenders? Do the other ones even rate as contenders at all if the Blackmagic is as good as the specs would make it seem?
By the way, I'll be applying to a graduate visual anthropology program starting in the fall of 2016. The program focuses on doing studies and presenting findings in the form of ethnographic documentary film (and possibly photo too, but I have the stills camera well covered). But I'd be using the camera for all sorts of other things as well, music, narrative, etc.