January 26, 2017 at 3:56PM
Questions from an Amateur about New Camera VS better lens.
I'm a student in a visual journalism diploma program I've been making short (~2m) pieces for the last 6 months I've been using a camera I bought myself, a Sony SLT-A58 with a 50mm prime Minolta lens that seems like a pretty standard recommended lens for this camera.
I haven't been terribly happy with the video quality I've been producing. I know that all cameras are capable of producing good stuff, if it is filmed properly, with proper lighting and color balance etc. But I do feel however, that there is something I can do to create a more "cinematic" quality to what I shoot.
Last semester a classmate helped me out on one project, shooting broll and as the secondary camera for the interview. The footage from their camera was far superior to mine. They were using this Panasonic camera: https://www.dpreview.com/articles/1065643550/fast-zoom-what-you-need-to-...
Which as I understand it is related to the GH4. I would go out and buy one of these right now if not for the fact that it doesn't have a detachable lens, which isn't a deal breaker necessarily as long as I can shoot good looking video with versatile angles for a couple of years with it.
So I also have about $700 left over from a scholarship that I can spend on equipment, which is about what I would pay for a used Lumix DMC FZ300 mentioned above.
I'm also looking at GH4s and I could add a bit of my own money to the $700 and get a GH4 body with a nice lens.
On the other hand I could stick with my Sony SLT A58 and buy this lens: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-DT-16-50mm-f2-8-SSM-Lens-16-50-2-8-Alpha-A-...
So my questions are
1) Would using that lens with my Sony improve the look of my footage, all things else remaining the same?
2) What do you guys think about the DMC FZ300, is it worth getting despite the non-detachable lens. The footage it shot really was quite good looking.
3)Would buying the DMC FZ300 be a waste of money if I could just use that money toward getting a GH4 rig up and running?
Thanks, any advice would be appreciated!