I do it all. I'll elaborate later.
Much agreed, Eric. This shouldn't be an ad space for pirated films. Hope NFS can throw out the garbage. Wish there was a spam button for threads.
I strongly agree with Ben that the Beholder gimbals are great for the smaller BMPCC cameras. They're lightweight, easy to throw in a bag and great in a pinch. The Beholder EC-1 is the newer one, and is much easier to balance in a pinch. AND you can use the handy Manfrotto 501PL adapter plates! With this mounting option, I can go back and forth from my Manfrotto fluid head tripod to my monopod and back to my gimbal in record time.
Ian, that's a really good question... and a tough decision... the GH5 with XLR add-on compared to the C100 mkii... Youch, that decision makes my head hurt. In my opinion, the GH4's 4k has not always worked out the way I thought it would, especially filming indoors or in low light. Punching in from 4k to HD just showed me how much noise was in the 4k GH4. I had to denoise a lot of stuff from the GH4... the GH5 sounds like it might be similar...? The C100 mkii, with the built-in ND filters... man... can't go wrong with it. But again, that's a tough call. Both are strong choices and in similar price points.
Jeroen, I do have the c100 and use it often. I was skeptical too at first, with the compressed AVCHD codec, but I was impressed how tack sharp it is. I came from a 70D to the C100 and was blown away by the difference. Canon's DSLRs are a lost cause, but their cinema line has some strengths. Maybe download some sample C100 footage online. You might have to search for it, but you should find some outlets still offering. Like I said, when I'm doing a day of run and gun, a day of everything, inside and outside, I use the C100. The controls are quick and easy; aperture, white balance, ND filters... it's all right there. And I don't even have duel pixel auto focus because there is a simple focus button in the front... and the focus peaking option is super nice and accurate. For more careful B-roll setups, I'll use other stuff, like the GH4, A7sii and BMPCC... not because the c100 can't handle it... but because I want to give all my babies some love.
The main thing is, if you get a used C100 and you kick ass with it, you can sell it again next year for a little less than what you paid for it, and then purchase the next camera in your sights. Like I said, just start somewhere. With ebay at our side, you can unload it fairly easily when you're ready to make the jump to something else. Good luck!
I own all three of those cameras and they're all pretty fun in their own respect. Each one is capable of being kitted out to fit your documentary needs. I might suggest starting with the C100 (mk II if possible).
Here’s why I think the C100 might fit your initial documentary needs:
—battery life is great
—the built in NDs are great, going indoor to outdoor, run n gun, it comes in handy. NO FUSS!!!!
—files are small, compression is impressive.
—I think it’s 12 stops DR?
—superficially, it just looks cool—clients see you’re serious about film/video
—built-in XLR ports
When I’m JUST filming B-roll, I tend to grab the GH4 for daytime stuff and A7sii for low-light stuff. But when I’m capturing a little of everything (interviews, B-roll, indoor, outdoor), I almost always head right for the C100.
If you ONLY have $3k to play with, I would suggest:
—used C100 mk1 body, no duel pixel focus = $1900 used
—decent range Canon zoom, maybe 18-135 and the cheap 50mm f1.8 = $300 used
—a good shotgun mic… Rode maybe? = $220 used
—a good Manfrotto monopod with 500 series head = $260
—Sony MDR7506 headphones = $80 new
—Separate lapel mic system, like a zoomH1 recorder paired with an Olympus ME-15 lav mic = $120
(or the new Tascam DR-10L = $220)
Assuming you buy used on eBay or Amazon, you can get all this for less than 3 grand.
And like I said earlier; superficially, this camera just LOOKS more impressive than the others. It’s a serious camera right out of the gate, where the others need to be franken-rigged with several other parts to be a versatile documentary camera.
You kick out a few jobs with this setup and down the road you can purchase the A7s, GH5 or BMPCC or whatever else you want in your kit. The main thing is starting somewhere. You play your cards right, next year you might afford a C300 mkII along with a couple other little bag cameras for b-roll goodness.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
Hmmmmm. Two grand, huh? ...I might spring for it IF....
—We'll see better dynamic range in their video.
—Better low light sensitivity
—A possible raw output...? Is that too much to ask? Why is it so hard for the big camera makers to offer this at a reasonable cost? BMD offers raw internally for cheap... almost like it's a given. But the big companies REALLY want you to invest big dollars for that option. So annoying. There's no reason in the world that we can't have internal raw video (even like a 2.5k) recorded to a fast SDHC on the GH5.