The Varicam LT is like $28K by the time you put it all together. i don't see how it's even in the same bracket as the C300 II. Seems more like an F5/55 or Arri Amira competitor to me.
I'm glad someone besides me remembers this.
Thanks for typing all that out so I didn't have to!
I have been working in film full-time for about 3 years. Here is my advice:
Don't quit your job.
You may think that it's better to live and breathe film all the time, even if you don't make as much money. You may think that it's better to work a crummy job on a set than a crummy job at Denny's. You may think that any experience is good experience.
That's not true.
If you are not financially stable, then you will not be able to chase your dream. Instead, you will be chasing rent, and you will trade your dream for rent, and your dreams will slowly die because you can't stop paying rent, and you're discouraged that the videos/films you're working on are pedestrian and meaningless crap, and that will discourage you from doing your personal projects or making anything meaningful.
Don't go down that road. Maintain financial stability. You have plenty of off hours. Use those to practice your craft. Shoot shoot shoot. Make really good stuff. Once you have a portfolio of a few REALLY great pieces... still keep your job. Don't quit. Use your off hours to build a website, find clients, reach out to anybody and everybody you know who needs a video done; show them your stuff; you're the man! Once you have a few clients... still keep your job. Work with those clients, get more, do more good work.
The point at which you quit your job is when you genuinely do not have time for it anymore, when you have too many clients and too many videos to juggle while holding down that crummy part-time. Now you can quit, and everything will be great.
Take it from me. I jumped right into pursuing my "passion," and it takes me all strength of will I have to keep going and try to make things I believe in. I've spent too much time making crap for too little pay; I'm burning out. You don't want to burn out on your passion.
Don't quite your job.
In my opinion bit depth is far more important than resolution. I would shoot with the Blackmagic Pocket over the GH4 any day.
Agreed. I would buy a Sony A6300 with a couple of good Canon lenses and an adapter. And then I would probably upgrade to a Canon 5DIV later on (if the rumored specs are true...)