January 11, 2015 at 11:45AM
Shoulder mount ENG Doco camera kit for under $5000. Buy used?
Hi guys, long time reader, first time poster.
I will be shooting a documentary in the Caribbean this year as a pre-cursor to a drama feature film I will be doing there.
I'm done with Frankenstein rigs, and really miss using ENG broadcast shouldermount cameras for this kind of work. I want something I can chuck on my shoulder, and will stand up to some light abuse (happy to buy a portabrace cover of course).
Unfortunately, my total kit budget is sub $5000. But I don't really need a tripod for what I'm doing, and I'm a one man director/camera man on this one. Interview audio will be recorded with a portable device, so the budget can be sunk into just the camera, lens, and good onboard mic.
It will need to preform well in bright sunlight, but also have some sort of ability to shoot in lower light situations (bars etc),although I don't mind a bit of noise, as long as it's usable footage. (so fairly clean at 1600 iso idealy).
The only thing new in my pricerange seems to be something like the Sony NEX-EA50UH, with a few minor add ons. I could set that up for under $4000 I'd say.
But I'm open to suggestions of used equipment, although I'm a little weary of the amount of abuse used broadcast equipment will have endured. It's a hard, hard life for cameras in the doco world!
Thanks! Look forward to hearing what you guys think.