I just did the dialogue list for a little indie Aussie film I was 3rd AD on. We had 87 fucks and 8 c-bombs. Doubt it'll get a PG-13 rating :)
This can apply to life in general but I've always lived by the adage: work smarter, not harder.
I'm often gobsmacked by people who seem to revel in taking the long way 'round, or bulling along the hardest path, rather than taking 5 minutes to actually think about what they're doing and if there's an easier way to accomplish the exact same thing. Just because it's easier, doesn't mean it's any less effective or worthy.
I'm in the same boat: am in film school and frustrated that I want to shoot things but can't book gear out all the time. I'm also rather skint so am looking for a cheap but solid camera.
I totally love the Sony line of cameras for many reasons and am looking at a NEX 5r, NEX 6, NEX 7, or A6000. Eventually I'd like to grab an A7S and am trying to figure out if it's worth waiting and saving for that or grabbing a cheaper camera to practice my skills first. I'll likely go with the latter.
At the moment the NEX 7 is winning out purely because it has a mic input when all the others don't.