January 8, 2015 at 11:29AM

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What camera should I go with??

Hey everyone, I have been doing some in depth research on the GH4 and the Sony A7S along with the C100 MKII, I am looking to upgrade from the T3i and need your guys help!!! What camera should I get??

I've been doing in depth research for the past couple of months on each camera!!

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What do you want to shoot ?

How much is your budget ?

Do you need other production gear like audio gear or lighting ?

January 8, 2015 at 5:32PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I mainly shoot music videos, wedding videos, sport highlights, interviews and events.

my budget is 3,500 and I dont get other production gear. I have a light kit, Glidecam HD4000, Glidetrack Slider the first edition.

January 13, 2015 at 9:24AM

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Jack Hajewski
Filmmaker.CEO of JSHfilms LLC
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At $5,500 the Canon C100 Mk2 is way out of your budget, but if you could live with a top frame rate of 30 fps you could find a used C100 Mk1 for about $3,000.

Between the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S it all comes down to low-light shooting versus internal 4K recording, and what lenses you currently own.

Wide lenses for the GH4 pretty much have to be Micro 4/3 lenses, where the FF Sony A7S can work with almost any wide-angle lens.

Shooting 4K with the Sony A7S means adding a $2,000+ monitor/recorder, but this can always be added down the road. ( A7S + 4K monitor/recorder = $4,500 )

Lastly, you could buy two GH4s with your $3,500 budget, which is very handy for interviews. ( right now I'm shooting corporate interviews with a GH4 and a GH3, and I plan on upgrading the GH3 to another GH4 by the Spring )

Any one of these cameras would be a huge upgrade from the video image your Canon T3i produces, so you really can't go wrong no matter what camera you choose.

Vimeo C100 Group
http://vimeo.com/groups/c100/sort:likes/format:thumbnail

Vimeo GH4 Group
http://vimeo.com/groups/gh4/sort:likes/format:thumbnail

Vimeo A7S Group
http://vimeo.com/groups/a7s/sort:likes/format:thumbnail

January 13, 2015 at 3:20PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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DO you thing to use a black magic cinema cameras? they are cheap and a good cinema look.

January 20, 2015 at 6:16AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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If you are seriously trying to upgrade from a t3i, then upgrade your skills. Have you truly mastered your t3i? Could I hand you my t3i and see that you can set it up for full manual control, exposure, custom while balance, color profile etc? Assuming you can, I would suggest you study lighting and audio recording and Master those. The reason being if you can't easily set up your T3i or if your lighting and audio suck, then you will also suck with a more expensive camera. Invest in yourself first, if you do, you won't have to ask which camera to buy on a discussion board, but will have the experience and background to make your own decision, not based on my needs or someone elses need but on your needs.

November 25, 2015 at 9:00PM

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The above is true. Cause even tho ML CRASHES intermittently the features are so rich that o really enjoy using a t2i over Panasonic menus. It's so overwhemling! But instructive. But then again it's so obvious the mushiness of the image it's best to go to a new camera or sensor. Anything works for music videos. So decide what type of image you want. Black magic is a good idea if you want to spend hours in post which may be worth it. Since acquisition is so easy for music. Ha. That is of course if your not doing an ornately detailed narrative. But....it seems your in the gh4 vs a7s conundrum I was in. Dude. Whatever u do. Just get more lights and focus on editing. You'll realize acquisition takes the least amount of time. And you could actually supplement with stock footage.

February 1, 2016 at 6:52AM

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matthew
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