Well, let's see; a software update from ARRI, hmmm, a couple of redmags, a monitor and a lemo cable from red, a C100 mk I from Canon (beautiful AVCHD) just to name a few. What can you get for $5k?
The FS700 has a crapy DR but it is sharp, esp in 4k via the Q7. However, the FS700 plus the q7 will set you back far worse than $6200 and it will never achieve cinema worthy pictures. The human eye sees detail as latitude (DR). Sharpness isn't even important after all. High end productions will often add blur to the final footage if it is too sharp. The only thing that truly matters is DR. Hope that helps.
Well said mate. Even Grant Perry knows that so far their best camera is the pocket at true 12.5 stops. When he introduced the Ursa 4.6k he said "whatever DR the pocket has this has at least 2 stops on top of that". So if this cam has 14.5 stops and can do 4.6k res in RAW and prores, well, this is actually a better cam than Amira at $50k. I haven't been keen on their production camera either but this new 4.6k sensor seems very promising. Those highlights are holding colour nicely and I can say that RED Epic/Scarlet can't hold it at that extent. Only ARRI so far. And this :)
You have many $5k cameras offering this much, have you? I've always said that BMD needs to charge way more for their products and steer away from the lot that mistakes them for DSLRs. These are cinema cameras with DR similar to film and 4k plus resolution in RAW and prores that other manufacturers ask $20k minimum for.
Cfast is now the standard for RAW 4k. Arri and Canon are using them too. In a few months they will cost as much as SD cards.
Nothing but respect for your DP. He/she gave you solid advice regarding format choices and $2000 for managing the whole media for a feature length film is peanuts, even for a no budget film. Now you have gold in your hands, whether you like it or not.
Stop bad mouthing your DP for doing their job right. From experience, it is very frustrating dealing with people in producer/director roles who have little appreciation for picture quality, let alone lighting techniques, movement etc that make up what cinematography is all about. Yes character development/dialogue is part of it, but you chose film as a medium for telling your story and cinematography and its technicalities are the platform. If you aren't that interested on this platform, as you sound, perhaps you should've just wrote a book. It would certainly save you money on hard drives. Or maybe not. Better check with nobookschool.com on that.