November 11, 2015 at 2:51AM
Upgrading full gear - yes or no?
So I have been working on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera workflow for a little more than 2 years now. Has you know, the BMCC is a great camera....for "cinema" shoots. My line of work is more on the commercial side so you can Imagine the obstacles of having such a bulky camera to walk around on run and gun situations. Plus, I cant buy any of the cheaper gear (stabilization, sliders, etc) because none of them fit such a big camera.
I have the BMCC with a speedbooster, converting the MFT to nikon with my samyang vdslr lenses, 14 24 35 85, plus a 50mm zeiss f1.4 (my favorite).
I thought to myself - I should get rid of all this: I only use half of those lenses, and even when I use the wider ones is because of the crop factor I get on the BMCC sensor. If I sell my blackmagic with all the accessories I have so far plus the sensor, with a little bit extra I could get a whole new, lighter and more ergonomic setup. I was thinking more of the lines of a Sony a7r II with one of those neat cages, and to start I would just get two of those "good all around" lenses with variable focal lengths. I thought working with primes was the best thing, but that is all great for cinema work (I also work for short film productions sometimes).
What do you guys think about this? and if you think its a good idea, what recommendations you have based on your experience?
I was thinking in the future I could just walk around with a small rigged a7r, a smaller 3 axis gimbal, tripod, a tiny slider, 2 or 3 lenses, and a monitor (or external recorder).