February 24, 2016 at 12:27PM

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Stick with canon or switch to sony

Hi there guys!
I have a canon 70D, a Samyang 35mm T1.5, Canon 50mm 1.8 usm, and a Canon 18-135mm, some monopods, tripods, sliders, lights, mics, bla bla bla...
I shoot weddings and some events. This year i will star doing some corporate videos and i star wondering that my camera is not ideal for all these kind of videos. It´s a good camera (no questions), but as i get to know more and more about video production and see what is been made out there i start wanting more from my videos and more flexibilitie on editing these clips.
So im looking for a new camera but i´m stuck on my decision.
Should i keep the canon "line" or switch to the new appealing Sony.
Canon is great but for making a update on my camera i would go for a 5dmk3 or other option would be going for the 1D or the C line wich are both completly out of my budget range.
On the other side we have sony with their super good looking cameras and lots and lots of technology. 5 axis stab. impressive iso performances, 4K, wide DR, and so on and so on and, with a price tag that could be reachable... Even if i had to buy an adapter for keep using my ef mount lenses.
So, in your apreciated opinion, should i whait and see what canon has to say this year or should i get a sony A something and start doing good looking things right now? For sure if i go with sony i´ll problably won´t go bac to canon. It would be stupid to get back and forward jumping from canon to sony. I already have a very small lens options within canon mount, so honestly i don´t know wich should be the apropriate move to make...
Thanks!

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You might want to keep your 70D as your B-roll camera ( it's the best DSLR for video auto-focus ) and then get a new body that works with Canon lenses to use as your main camera.

You might want to wait to see what the new Sony A6300 is like, which should be available in less than one month.

Otherwise a Canon 5D Mk2 or 5D Mk3 also might be a good fit with your current set-up.

February 24, 2016 at 12:59PM, Edited February 24, 12:59PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks Guy McLoughlin.
In fact if i up-date my set-up with a full frame camera like the 5D as you say, the low light enviroment will be easyer for me to shooot but no ideal. But for the price of a used 5DMk3 i can have as you say the A6300 wich seems a better choice for the 4K capabilities..
I´m in no rush, just wanted to know the opinion from you guys.

February 25, 2016 at 5:26AM, Edited February 25, 5:26AM

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Pedro Nuno Pinto
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A great low-light camera does not eliminate having to light your shots, it just means that you can use a lot less light to do the same job. "Found" lighting is often not great lighting, which is why you still have to bring lights with you.

Guy McLoughlin

February 25, 2016 at 7:48AM

I would go with sony. I had tons of canon cameras and used it mainly for photography. Than i switched to video and had the 5dMIII for about 2 Years. It was great but after trying the A7S I sold it immediately. I love that Camera. Especially for Events the low light will make your life much easier. You don't have to shoot at 1.4 or 1.8 all the time to get the picture you want. Just pull up your iso and shoot at 4.0 and you are fine. I do events a lot and loved it since the day i bought it. Canon lenses work great with adapter, but after a few Months I skipped to the sony glasses, mostly becauce of the autofocus. I work with a Ronin most of the time and the auto focus with these adapters was just to slow. Keep that in Mind.

you can get an used A7s for about 1500 Euros here in Germany and for the that Price I think there is no competition.

February 26, 2016 at 6:27AM, Edited February 26, 6:41AM

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Michael Strahl
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wait it out till nab

February 26, 2016 at 9:10AM

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Thanks!
In fact i can get a new sony a7s for 1657€ and the Mkii for 2754€ as i will buy it thru my company and there is no VAT. And as you say if a can shoot at F4 it will make a LOT of diference. I´m leaned forward to go with sony... I´ll wait a couple of months and then i´ll make a move.
Do you know if the sigma MC-11 works well?
Cheers!

February 26, 2016 at 9:30AM

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Pedro Nuno Pinto
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Go with Sony. They will definetely go more and more into video and film while canon is not absolutely clear what they are going to do. They have the new 1D-X Mk II but it's very expensive for a DSLR. And their cine line doesn't even have 4K in the lower price area.
With Sony and a adaptor from Metabones you're good to go.

February 26, 2016 at 10:37AM

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Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller
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I owned a Canon 5D Mk III and loved it (great video, even greater stills. Seemed impossible to take a bad picture with that camera).

When the Sony A7S came out I bought it and sold the 5D. I actually made money!

For video - waaay better. Its renowned light performance gives you a lot of freedom to film. Ergonomically it is much easier to lug around.

The A7S is no as good as the 5D for stills, but it's not that far off. Its in-camera colours aren't as good as Canon, but you can fix to some degree in post. Its menu system is a bit intimidating, but thanks-be to YouTube and tutorials.

Finally, the corporate direction of Sony seems far more progressive and exciting than Canon. It just feels like they are more responsive to the modern camera audience.

That's my take and experience anyway.

February 26, 2016 at 6:23PM, Edited February 26, 6:23PM

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Scott Maclean
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Wait for the 5D Mark IV to be announced and tested which should be this spring or summer, if inferior then a7 series, I think you know what to do. Cheers brother

February 28, 2016 at 5:34PM

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Would something like a c100 not be better than another dslr?

Means you can use your glass without adaptors, and will give you profesisonal mic inputs too, alternative options would include a second hand fs700, fs100, you've got to question if your clients will notice 4k, if its a request get a6300, but its not more professional by any stretch.

Keep your dslr as a B Cam and get something to compliment it, and give you more options, c100 would be my shout!

February 29, 2016 at 10:10AM

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Laurence S
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The 4k advantage (for me) its all about stabilizing and "zooming cuts". None of my clients will actually know the difference of 4k neither they have 4k displays... So in the end, the 4k it´s a great tool that i can have and work with..
But for shure i´ll wait for NAB and then see whats new.
Thank you all!!!!!

Pedro Nuno Pinto

February 29, 2016 at 11:20AM

Get a Nikon lol

February 29, 2016 at 10:20PM

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Alfred Cox
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The real answer to your question is "Yes" either will work for you. Either option will get you were you want to go, flip a coin and don't worry about making a bad choice, either choice is fine.

March 1, 2016 at 1:27PM

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That´s probably te best thing to do.
Everything will be ok in the end...
Thanks!!!

Pedro Nuno Pinto

March 4, 2016 at 4:42AM

Go Panasonic.

March 30, 2016 at 7:07PM

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If you can, or haven't already, try to rent / borrow a 5D or A7S. You might find going from shooting with a crop sensor 70D with stellar auto focus to shooting full frame and manually focusing lenses a world of difference. Especially if you're used to running and gunning at weddings and events.

July 16, 2016 at 9:48AM, Edited July 16, 9:49AM

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Cole Black
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