October 29, 2014 at 7:10AM

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DSLR for cinematography?

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I need to know which DSLR should I invest in if I wish to shoot videos and films. I stay in Mumbai so weather sealing would be great! They should be budget friendly. Thanks :)

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the canon 7D is one of the "low" buget cameras with weather sealing "warhorse". Now is cheap because now the new 7D mark II is out.

October 29, 2014 at 10:53AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Thanks for the suggestion but its over 1 Lakh rupees and my budget along with a lens is about 70-80 maximum. Lesser than that would be great.

Ritambhara Agrawal

October 29, 2014 at 1:47PM

Nikon D7100, has the same great performance that the D5200 has:
http://www.eoshd.com/2013/02/nikon-d5200-vs-canon-5d-mark-iii/
http://www.eoshd.com/2013/02/nikon-d5200-review/
http://rungunshoot.com/nikon-d5200-studio-and-documentary-footage/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EANtxttUjIo

But the D7100 also has weather sealing which the D5200 lacks (though I shoot with my D5200 outdoors all the time, even in light rain, I wouldn't worry hugely about this).

Or the D750:
http://www.eoshd.com/2014/09/nikon-d750-review-initial-thoughts-real-world-footage-ladies-gentleman-contender/

Or the GH4, or A7s.

October 30, 2014 at 6:29AM

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David Peterson
Wedding Cinematographer
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If you are looking to get serious about video, I would stay away from Nikon. Not much to expand onto the body itself (lens mount is hard to use other lenses for, the video side is poorly supported in my opinion). Go more towards canon or sony, they have been in the video business longer, and their products show this. good luck

Alec Gates

October 31, 2014 at 2:17PM

Ahh... I just saw about your budget constraint in your follow up comment (although... converting it into USD would make it easier to understand for the international audience). So I'd suggest not worrying about weather sealing, just get the best value camera that you can.

Also, it sounds like you've waaaay gone under budget with your lenses. As you said "a lens", yeah... you'll want more than that! In fact, you'll spend more on lenses (easily twice or three times more...) than on the camera body!

So I suggest checking out the Panasonic GH1 or Sony NEX-5N, nothing else in their budget range can come close to beating them. (I'd rather have one of them than a Canon 7D, which costs more!) Then spend the rest of your budget on lenses (and audio, and lighting, etc..).

http://www.anycamerawilldo.com/old-but-not-out/
http://rungunshoot.com/the-350-docu-filmmaking-kit-depreciation-is-wonde...

October 30, 2014 at 6:36AM

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David Peterson
Wedding Cinematographer
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Canon 70D is the one of best DSLR for videos, check out the link :

http://vimeo.com/76295637

October 30, 2014 at 7:12AM

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Sreenath Narayanan
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>>>If you are looking to get serious about video, I would stay away from Nikon.

I would say the exact opposite. With the exception of the Canon 5D Mk3 camera and the Canon 1D C camera, all Canon DSLRs suffer from limited dynamic range, low resolution, and bad aliasing and moire in their image.

Where even the cheap Nikon D5200 has very little aliasing or moire, more dynamic range than the Canon DSLRs, and a sharper image than the Canon cameras.

>>>lens mount is hard to use other lenses for, the video side is poorly supported in my opinion

The Nikon lens mount fits most of the major brands of cine cameras, and even mount on to most Canon DSLR cameras.

I own 8 Nikon AI-S lenses that I use with my Panasonic GH3 and GH3 camera bodies, but I can also mount them on a Canon 5D Mk3 or a Sony FS-700 or a RED Epic. The Nikon lens mount is far more flexible when it comes to using the lenses with other cameras.

October 31, 2014 at 5:53PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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How would you rate Canon 70D?

November 6, 2014 at 11:59AM

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Ritambhara Agrawal
Aspiring filmmaker and writer
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Just got the mirrorless Canon EOS M for a video project and its great! External mic jack and nice low light shooting.

September 4, 2015 at 7:52AM

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