May 6, 2016 at 6:46AM


Priorities: Monitor/recorder vs EVF/lens

With around £400 to spend I can get an Atomos Ninja Blade.

Alternatively for the same amount I can get a used Cineroid 4Le EVF (which has most of the key focus tools), a new (to me) lens or 2 - which I could get declicked - and still have money for a mic or filters or an FF.

What would you make a priority. The main reason I hesistate on the Blade vs EVF is that I will be filming outdoors mostly.


For me this is the priority:

1.) Audio gear
Because if your image is bad but your audio is grat your audience will forgive you. But if your image is good but you audio is bad nobody can follow the story/plot/whatever.

2.) Lens + Filter (because outdoor film needs strong NDs)

3.) Recorder
Because a recorder doesn't make your image better looking. Escpecially in outdoor sunlight where there are no low light issues. But a lens will make a difference which is noticable.

4.) EVF
It's much more difficult to focus with a EVF than with a 5" screen and also a screen is mor practical.

5.) Follow Focus
A FF is only needed if you want to do some serious focus pulls which are planed and scripted before.

May 6, 2016 at 8:58AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

I agree with Eric - audio should be a higher priority than upgrading to a recorder or anything else.

That being said, if you are dead set on either an EVF or a Blade, get the Blade with a sun hood. The Blade has focus peaking and a sun hood will help you actually see it outside.

May 6, 2016 at 3:05PM

Eric Buist
Producer | Creator

Thanks both. What I really need is focus peaking and zebras and both the Cineroid and Ninja Blade have these. I would much prefer the Blade but my concern is whether I will be able to see it adequately to make the peaking usable in bright sunlight, even with the hood. Have been looking for videos of the Blade in outdoor use but hard to find.

May 16, 2016 at 2:34AM


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