July 3, 2020 at 6:39AM

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Upgrading from DSLR to Videocamera

Hey guys,

I've been shooting on DSLR and Mirrorless for a few years for my company. We're now expanding our team and I'm considering getting better equipment. I want to start using a professional video camera but am not sure where to start currently as there's just so many available. I also don't want to buy one just for the sake of it, I've been shooting everything on a Panasonic GH4 for a few years and I still rate it, I'd potentially buy the GH5 for new team members too.

I've been considering a Canon C100 or Sony FS5 as I know they're safe bets. We don't have top quality lenses though and they're all Panasonic M4/3 lenses, so I'd either have to get an adapter or also buy some lenses. I'd be interested to know if anyone would recommend any video camera's without interchangeable lenses such as Panasonic HC-X1?

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I have my own Videocamera .. and it works greatly.

July 19, 2020 at 4:29AM

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Kilpy Mor
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It's very beneficial for us to use different Videocameras as I know that they all have different characteristics.

July 19, 2020 at 4:30AM

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Kilpy Mor
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You've probably figured this out by now, but there aren't any adapters for Micro 4/3 lenses to a higher sensor size. I was trying to figure this out a while back and discovered that it isn't possible to adapt the image circle that way. You can go from larger-frame lenses to micro 4/3 sensor, but not the other way. Here's a link to a discussion of this:
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54122828

I was hoping to be able to use my own old micro 4/3 lenses on a Super 35mm camera, but alas! I had to buy new lenses. Good luck on your searches, though!

August 1, 2020 at 1:04PM

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Cedrick May
Writer/Director
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I was in the same situation you are in and I was trying to decide between the Canon XC10 and the C100 for shooting wedding videos. I ended up going with the C100 because I needed continuous recording, I wanted to be able to shoot in log, I like the ND filters, I didn’t need to record high frame rates and didn’t want a variable aperture lens. I do think the XC10 is good if you don’t have any EF lenses, although they’re not very expensive. Canon makes a EF 35mm f/2 IS that is the equivalent of a 56mm on a C100. The right camera all depends on what your requirements for shoots are going to be.

September 8, 2020 at 10:55PM

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Nick Straub
Videographer
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Go easy on the purchase, cameras get old fast. Buy used.

September 9, 2020 at 6:43AM

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Anders Rune
Head of Stockholm Film School
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