February 20, 2015 at 7:32PM

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Which one do you suggest ?

Hello there everybody;
I have spent a few years in a Highschool of Cinema&Theater and am a student of college by now.
During Highschool days I didn't make a movie of my own since I didn't feel like it's the time but nowadays I'm developing my script and have the desire to do it.
Being sure about my eternal desire for film-making and cinema,I'm going to buy a camera but am not sure if a Canon-5D is suitable ?
A friend of mine told me it's too soon for me to get one.
What do you think ?

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What's your budget ?

What do you want to shoot ? ( only narrative fiction, or will you also make money with your gear ? )

February 21, 2015 at 12:32PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Hey there,thank you for the answer.
I got around 2500 or 3000$ and I have to get a tripod and a few other stuff with it.
Is it necessary to buy a photography cam like 5d ?
why not a filming one ?

February 21, 2015 at 8:11PM

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Milad Kiyan
Student of Screenwriting,Directing and Acting
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3000$ is the right answer I guess

February 21, 2015 at 8:15PM

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Milad Kiyan
Student of Screenwriting,Directing and Acting
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Given your budget I would look at either the Panasonic GH4 or the Sony AS7 cameras. Both of these cameras will out perform the Canon 5D when shooting video. ( also a new Canon 5D Mk3 costs more than $3,000 )

GH4 : $1,700
- 11 F-stops of dynamic range
- Shoots 4K or 1080 HD to an internal memory card
- Shoots 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 with an external recorder
- Crop-factor of 2.0x for 1080 HD, 2.3x for 4K
- Very little rolling-shutter ( "jello" effect )
- Can record up to 200 Mbps high data-rate
- Not great in low-light situations
- Battery lasts for 3+ hours
- Can use almost any photo or video lens ever made with affordable adapters

A7S : $2,500
- 13 F-stops of dynamic range
- Shoots 1080 HD to an internal memory card
- Shoots 4K 8-bit 4:2:2 with an external recorder
- No crop-factor in FF mode ( can also shoot in APS-C mode )
- Moderate rolling-shutter ( "jello" effect )
- Best camera available for low-light situations
- Battery lasts for 1 hour or less

...Between these two cameras, I would choose the GH4 if I did not shoot much low-light work, and I would choose the A7S if low-light performance was important to me.

February 22, 2015 at 12:50PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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If I didn't already own a 5D Mark III, I would for sure go with the A7S at your budget.

February 24, 2015 at 8:28AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
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