Very nice. Out of curiosity, why would you go with the C300 MK II with, let's say, a 7Q+ rather than a C500 with 7Q+?
Worth pointing out, B&H has a special right now, $16K for C500 and 7Q+. So, C300 MK II with 7Q+ would end up being around $18k.
What about a bank loan? For instance, a $15K purchase amortized over 3 years would be a couple hundred bucks a month. So, provided you make a couple hundred bucks a month off the camera (and if you can't do that, then..yikes), you should technically be in the clear, and have a camera that will be "future proof" at least for a couple years.
I'm specifically referring to something like a C300 MK II. Three years from now, that camera should still be widely used.
Thanks Derek. I do like the idea of renting, but I'm pretty sold on Canon. I've shot enough with Sony's to know that I just can't stand their menu systems and form factors. Plus I don't want to have to deal with lens adapters to fit my EF glass.
That said, the C300 MK II is obviously very appealing, but at $16K, I could probably get a used Scarlet, which is also something I'm considering.
I shot weddings this past summer (which I'm no longer doing), but will be working on docs and narratives this year, hopefully commercial too. The C300 seems like a great choice, given that it can do everything pretty well.
I'm not super familiar with the A7s, but can't you output 4K via HDMI? I realize that means getting a recorder, which will cost over $1K anyways.
As far as the Ronin M goes, I bought one a while back and it paid for itself right off the bat. It has the ability to make most any shot more dynamic, as you know. I've used it with a GH3, 5D, and C100, all worked great, none of which were 4K. In my experience, people are willing to pay to hire a Ronin owner/operator.
You can rent the A7sii for $130 on LensRental, that's pretty dang cheap, especially if you can have that in the production budget. I would definitely buy the Ronin, I don't think you would regret it at all. Rent whatever camera (under 8lbs) that you want to put on it.
Just my opinion.
I recently bought the 5K retina, and I'd totally agree with most of what has been said above. It's definitely not necessary, but it seemed like an easy choice when compared to the similar prices of other 27 inch non 5K displays.
Also, totally agree with James. The extra real estate is really nice to have, it just makes all of your processes much faster and more efficient.
It's also a matter of looking a couple years down the line. Surely we aren't TOO far from a 4K/5K world. I am a young DP, and am assuming that many of my projects in the coming years will be shot in 4K. So, for me, it was a matter of preparing a bit for that inevitable future.
Assuming your using Kino tubes/ballasts, you would need to use a Kino Flo Harness:
I would recommend seeing if any rental houses around you have these available. If you're trying to make an elaborate pattern, your going to end up spending a bunch of money.