I own a C300 MkII, and I was very interested in the C200 because it shoots 4K up to 60fps. BUT the data rate is massive; if I wanted that much data, I would just shoot my Red. So, I'm actually much more interested in the EVA 1.
My issue with the EVA 1 is no EVF and only 6 stops of internal ND. Having up to 10 stops internal ND on my C300 II has been amazing. But it might be worth the trade for the dual ISO and more framerate options in 4K.
At this point it's all speculation because we haven't seen footage from the EVA 1. If it looks a lot like the Varicam LT, then I will probably be sold--I love that camera's color. But this is a whole new sensor; who knows how it will look.
You're right; there are a ton of great cameras out there right now. It's an amazing time to be a filmmaker. My biggest advice would be to try and get your hands on cameras to test before you buy anything. Also don't forget that renting is also a good option. Approach any purchase from an investment standpoint. If it's not going to make you money, then it's better just to rent.
Yeah! And after that you'll just need a couple things:
-$4K Tripod Head
-$1500 of batteries (if you go really cheap)
-$12K set of PL mount lenses! (again, if you go really cheap)
-$1500 set of ND filters
-$1500 matte box
And if you want a kit that's actually workable you can also plan on spending about $3000 on a handheld setup and onboard monitor
And then you get to lug your 35lb camera+50lb tripod+lens and AKS cases around all on your own, unless you're willing to pay an AC to help you out every time you shoot.
And after you've gone to all that trouble, you can have fun explaining to the client why your camera can't shoot 4K!
So yeah, why not just save a little more and get all that?
The Alexa is a great camera, and it's still very relevant, but it has massive drawbacks for someone that is just starting out. Image isn't everything, and for someone new to the world of cinema I would stick to a much lighter camera that requires less infrastructure. Just rent the Alexa package when you need it.
I really hope this price turns out to be real. If it's only $6500 I would gladly pick one up. Even at $8000 flat I'm still considering it. Only wish it included an EVF and had 8 and 10 stop ND options.
It has up to 10 stops of internal ND...
Isn't the control panel for this camera unattached? I seem to remember seeing photos where it was oddly mounted on the top/back of the camera. I don't see it in any of the pictures.
Yeah that's what everyone said about the original!