May 29, 2017 at 10:00AM

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Need some advice on what kind of camera to purchase as a beginner

Hi all! I want to start dabbling in creating short films and a few other types of video projects (music videos, racing promos) to name a few and am in need of some insight. My budget is very low at around 500$ to 600$ but i am willing to invest maybe 200$ more if absolutely needed.

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All of these shots were made with the cheapo Canon T2i camera : https://vimeo.com/150928234

The other cameras that I would take a look at are...

Panasonic G6 : https://goo.gl/di0KFM

Panasonic G7 : https://goo.gl/zhiGB4

Panasonic GH3 : https://goo.gl/Dus31O

May 30, 2017 at 7:25AM, Edited May 30, 7:25AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Hi, what types lenses did you use with the T2i in the videos above? Thanks!

Julianne

May 31, 2017 at 4:06AM

The suggested above cameras are all good choices, but
my experience is that the Panasonic GH2 has the best color science of a used camera for under $200. It can be improved to punch way above it's weight with a Metabones Speed Booster and Driftwood hack.

May 31, 2017 at 1:30PM

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Marc B
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>>>what types lenses did you use with the T2i in the videos above?

Sorry, that's not my work, it's the work of the very talented Kendy Ty who shoots almost everything with an old Canon T2i and a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens. It's amazing what he is able to do with a simple camera and one lens.

May 31, 2017 at 8:26PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I found a T2i used on Ebay for about $300 and it's served me well as an entry-level camera. If I were you I would buy one of those and use the leftover money on a microphone.

June 1, 2017 at 7:28AM

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David Jordan
(Aspiring) Cinematographer
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Don't forget the "other" stuff. Mics, lights, gaffers tape, tripod that can hold the weight of your rig, etc. In which case, my answer is "what can you find?" I found a Nikon D3300 with kit lense + 2 addon lenses for Macro and Telephoto from craigslist. Then i found a metal tripod (can hold heavy weight) at Goodwill for $8. Then I found a prime lens at Goodwill for $3. It's a prime and can handle low light better than my kit lens (options). Lights, mics, etc where home made or bought. But just getting extra SD cards, extra battery for camera, rechargables for my mics, etc ... the cost went up and up. Even slate board and markers for it made the cost to amazon go up.

I'd argue it doesn't matter what you get for $500. As long as you get something and learn.

June 1, 2017 at 10:12AM

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Ethan
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I would absolutely agree with earlier people here and suggest a Canon T2i or T3i. Later additions to the series (T4i and up) didn't really add anything useful and in some cases removed useful features.

T3i is extremely useful over the T2i for the flip-out screen that lets you shoot at low or high angles, as well as x3 zoom that lets you punch in with very little loss in quality, effectively giving you two lenses in one when you don't have time to switch.

I've had the T3i for about 7 years and mostly use the Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens just like Kendy Ty. Here's the latest short film I just shot and released: https://vimeo.com/218113798

If you get a T2i or T3i, once you're comfortable with the camera, add Magic Lantern to it. It'll let you do a lot of extra things. (i.e. 2.39 aspect ratio cropmarks, live focus checking, modified frame rates, etc.)

Good luck!

June 7, 2017 at 2:07PM

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Samuel Neff
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