I still don't understand why people are so up in arms over the subscription model. If you look at what Photoshop used to cost for instance, $700, verses what the first year's subscription cost of the ENTIRE suite--$360--it just doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me. In fact, it's seems like they're making LESS money than before.
You've already gotten a lot of good feedback but I wanted to second the idea of getting a cheaper camera and spending money on lenses (old, cheap primes).
I'd advice against a zoom lens on your budget. If you spend almost your entire budget you could get a really decent Sigma Art zoom lens. those things are great, though heavy.
But cheap zooms aren't really worth it in my opinion. I'd go for a T2i, T3i, or some of the Panasonic cams people have suggested. The canons are good because you can easily find a ton of cheap older FD lenses you can adapt as well. Basically, any camera system that gets a decent image that you can get a ton of cheap, older primes for is a good way to go.
I used to have a takumar 50m 1.4 and it was an amazing lens in low-light and in general.
This is a pretty old short I made when I'd just bought a used t2i and wanted to test out the video feature one weekend on a trip. I believe it was shot on the kit lens (not even a great lens) and with sound recorded internally (don't do that! haha). In general I still really like the way this looks for many reasons and it kind of feels the most "filmic" of a lot of stuff I've shot sense, if that's your thing too.
Anyway, good luck! Get the camera and lenses you can afford, and shoot as much as you can and have fun!
Just out of curiosity, are you using Premiere on a Mac or PC?
This is a legitimate question. How is Avid's media management better in this case? I have limited experience with Avid but in general I've had the most headaches with missing or offline media (when receiving projects from out-of-house) etc.
I'm asking partly because I'm trying to get myself more into Avid for work purposes, but really don't enjoy the interface etc, and in general everything feels very slow. (lack of experience/muscle memory mostly),
Most people who are into Avid simply say it's better, it's faster, etc, without really giving much in the way of how/why. So for instance:
1. How is media management a pain in Premiere, and not in Avid?
2. What's superior about Avid's shared projects vs what Premiere is now doing?
3. What do you mean by Adobe developing a compositing package?
4. Do you really think Premiere is 5 years behind Avid?
Right. There are instances where ProRes can work better on the C100, for keying, etc, but the reality is that motion is a bit better on AVCHD because it's not quite as crisp, so it looks more natural.
It's not like transcoding the 24mbps to 100mbps is going to somehow make... the image BETTER, at least not fully. It WILL make the file size larger.
This is the comparison video I'm talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E92jDQpou4Q
I still got an external recorder after watching this, but found the overall quality to generally be exactly what the video said it would be: more or less the same either way. And AVCHD is a smaller file size and doesn't require more batteries and more weight. That was my finding anyway. I ended up selling the recorder because I would pull up my edit, sync the in camera clips to the prores, and then in the end just use the in-camera clips.
I'm just saying you should take that money and put it towards another lens, etc. That's what's going to really make a difference.
Cheers and good luck with the project! :)
Food for thought too. As some have mentioned, external recorders don't actually give you 8-bit. And in my experience with with an AtomOS external, there is actually no difference between the two images. ProRes has some strengths over AVCHD and vice versa. The external recorder is more batteries and weight to worry about. It's nice to have a screen but maybe go for a lighter monitor.
Someone can correct me but I've actually seen some thorough comparisons outside my own experience and it's about the same quality.