December 18, 2014 at 11:37AM


New lenses or new camera?

Right now i have a canon t3i, the nifty fifty, a 50mm minolta lens & a 28mm minolta lens. I'm looking for a cost-effective boost in image quality but I'm not really sure how to get it. I was thinking about buying the sigma 18-35mm, rokinon 50mm cine, & rokinon 85mm cine lens. But would it be a better move to just buy a gh4 & a lens adapter? Or is there something else entirely that i could do to get better IQ?


Firstly, lets check out your needs... What do you shoot currently and what do you expect to shoot. Is it personal or commerical stuff?

December 18, 2014 at 12:25PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

Its been mostly music videos but i wanna start shooting short films

December 18, 2014 at 3:55PM, Edited December 18, 3:55PM

Talus McKill
Director, Videographer

you want to do short film, stock up on lens but then at the same time, do you plan to remain in the canon system? because if not then you should buy a new camera body and go MFT so the GH4 perhaps would be a good buy or if you trust yourself enough you could get the BMPCC. If you want to remain with Canon though then buy lens then upgrade the camera body after.

Wentworth Kelly

December 20, 2014 at 7:45PM

I would recommend getting the 18-35 sigma first and the 85mm if you feel like you really need the 85( Its a very nice focal length for certain things mediums and tights or people and details). Use your current t3i on everything that is no budget and use a rental company like lens or a local place to rent better cameras on a project basis based on the shoot requirements and budget.

Look into insurance that will allow you to insure your personal property and insure more expensive cameras that you may want to rent. I pay around $750 a year to insure some personal DSLR stuff and I can rent up to $50,000 worth of rental equipment. The insurance also gives me liability insurance in case someone is hurt as a result of tripping over my equipment and other things of that nature.

I really recommend renting equipment, I don't have the capital right now to buy the equipment I like to shoot with. I can rent a Canon C100 a couple nice L series lenses and a very nice tripod for about $300 a day locally(NYC). ships all over the US and has longer rental periods for good prices usually. If you go with and you're going to do more than 1 rental in a year its a good idea to get there HD service which gives you free ground shipping and 1/2 off overnight shipping of about $90 a year.

If anyone else knows good rental companies or Insurance for video we should start a new board/post about that

December 19, 2014 at 10:18AM

You voted '-1'.
Peter Staubs
Camera Assistant

GH4 - 1080p at 60fps is great for narrative work, not to mention the boost you'll get with sharper establishing shots.

December 20, 2014 at 8:59AM


I recommend you first lenses. Sigma 18 - 35 is good.

January 22, 2015 at 11:11AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

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