December 9, 2014 at 9:00AM


What's the best new camera addition to a 5D Mark II/7D combo, based on intercut-ability, color/look matching, future investment: GH4? A7s? 5D Mark III?

Hey all,
Looking to upgrade to a new camera.
I'm not one to chase what's hot, new and trendy. In fact, I still use a 5D Mark II/7D combo as my A/B Cam (respectively). So based on my situation, if you were looking to pick up one new camera - primarily for short doc use - and wanted to keep at least the 5D Mark II in the mix as a BCam, what newer camera would you pick up right now? The GH4? A7s? 5D?
My main concerns are: being able to match the new camera's look with the 5D Mark II, work flow (I'm a one-man band), the long-term value of any new camera I invest in, and the degree of 4K future-proofing I can attain with this purchase. Additionally, all my lenses (100mm Macro 2.8 L, 80-200mm 2.8 L, 24-105mm 4 L, Rokinon 35mm 1.4, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8) are Canon mounts.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


There are rumors that a Canon 5D Mk4 camera is going to be announced in Feb 2016, and that it may shoot 4K footage. It won't be cheap, but if you are looking for Canon color and look compatibility then I would stick with Canon.

Four years ago I sold all my Canon gear and switched to the Panasonic GH2 because I liked the GH2 video image way more than what my Canons were producing, and there was no way to properly use Canon EF lenses with the GH2 back then.

Today you could keep your all Canon lenses and use them with an adapter on a Sony or Panasonic body, but matching color is going to require a lot of settings tweaking and post work to get them to match color-wise, but the dynamic range is going to be quite different so images from the Canon may look a bit harsh compared to the Sony or Panasonic cameras.

December 9, 2014 at 10:19AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Mmmm, so basically the 5D Mark II would only be good to cut from say A7s-A-Cam closeups to 5D Mark II wide angle shots?

Ty Harper

December 9, 2014 at 12:26PM

Sorry, I meant to write Feb 2015. In other words the camera will be announced fairly soon.

Guy McLoughlin

December 9, 2014 at 2:30PM

You answered your own question mate - GH4 for its entry-level 4k.

December 11, 2014 at 12:14AM


Appreciate the responses. It def seems like staying Canon is a lost cause. I'll probably be going the A7s route. Happy holidays!

December 26, 2014 at 6:54PM

Ty Harper

I recommend a Blackmagic cinema camera with EF mount. It's good for short documentary projects, if you record in Prores. You can spend $2000 for body + a few hundreds for a battery solution.

Inter-cut and color matching is easy if you record in Prores.

December 27, 2014 at 12:10PM

Heri Rakotomalala
DP/Camera, Studio owner, Associate Producer

If you want keep going with the same lenses I buy mark i

January 18, 2015 at 4:47PM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Worth noting: In my experience, the GH4 doesn't cut well with Canon footage at all. (And downscaled 4K will almost never really look like native 1080p, just because it's so much sharper.) I can't speak to the a7s.

February 10, 2015 at 7:55PM

Alec Kubas-Meyer

Keep the lenses, get an adapter, sell the bodies. Get an A7s as your A cam, and a 5100 as your bcam. They both shoot in XAVC-S and you'll be in great shape. If you have a client that needs (and will pay for) 4k, rent a SHOGUN.

March 11, 2015 at 2:16AM

Stephen Nolly
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