May 5, 2015 at 1:15AM
My T2i footage isn't crispy enough, should I get a new camera or better lense?
my fellow cinematographers, so I'm shooting on 550d/T2i and since I was not getting the crispy look I was looking for, I installed ML and tried shooting RAW.
I'm getting much more details and better colors, though I have to shoot at a much smaller resolution (920x460) and going above 3minutes is probably dangerous to camera.
Still not satisfied with it, I'm wondering what can be done to improve it. Is it the camera sensor, I mean would a camera like BMCC or RED capture more details at 920x460? Or their sensors would work just like DSLRs? Or should I get better lenses? I use 18-55 kit lense. Or any plugins perhaps?
My videos end up online so I won't really need 4K.
Since I shoot a lot outdoors, the camera has to be durable and small enough to carry, so I can't really carry around anything bigger than a BMCC.
I want to do it as cheaply as possible, even if cheapest solution is to tweak around with sharpness in post.
and I'd like to keep it under $2k, preferably around $1k, but tell me more expensive options if it's gonna be drastic improvement. I don't want to drop $20k just to get 1% better quality.
I can get a 50d for $350 and drop an extra $70 on CF card and can shoot 1584x1058 raw 24p for a total of $420.
Or shoot 720p on a 650d for $600.
But they're not that reliable in raw mode, especially 50d, I heard it can melt the sensor if you record too long. But these are cheap options so why not.
Or I can get a BMPC or BMCC 2.5k or just better lenses for my T2i...?