Second year film school student.
You mean Sam.
Yes, she did forgot Samantha Peckinpah.
Hi everybody. First of all, I wanna thank everyone of you who took the time to give me feedback and tell me your opinions! I'm really glad that I started this post, and I am positive my choice is a much more informed one thanks to reading what you guys had to say. So thank you all.
Having said that, I thought I'd let you know that I've made up my mind. I've been doing a lot of reading about the G7 and I believe that it is the camera for me.
To begin with, it's cheap: it's 800$ with a nice 14-42mm IS lens. Also, 4K at 100 mbps is not perfect, but once you downscale it to 1080p, it's amazing. And when the time of 4K comes, I'll have the camera for it.
I still have a few questions that I was hoping someone could give me some feedback on, if you're not yet tired of my pesky little doubts...
Here's the thing: I'll be buying the 200$ Mitakon Nikon F speed booster, which doesn't provide electronic contacts between camera and lens, which means I'll have to get fully manual lenses. I was thinking of buying a Nikon AI-S 50mm f/1.4, as it is fully manual and not too expensive, at 400$. But then I stumbled into a cool shop in my hometown that sells used lenses, and there's better bargains there.
So my question is this: if I got myself a 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Jena lens with a Praktica B mount, or a 50mm f/1.4 Canon lens with an FD mount, could I use them along with the Mitakon speebooster using a Praktica B to Nikon F adapter, or an FD to Nikon F adapter? Or is that a mistake in any way?
I really appreciate the help.
Thanks again for your help!
I am very glad you mentioned that whole thing about not being able to adjust aperture while with a cheap adapter... I'd already decided to buy a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, and I just now realized it's not a manual aperture lens. I guess that forces me to just get some old manual lenses, which I am perfectly fine with. I'm definitely not spending a fortune on adapters that keep the electronics going. I'm OK with no Auto-Focus, as i plan on using the camera mainly for video.
Rokinon seems to have a manual 50mm f/1.4 for the same price, so I guess that's going to be my first purchase when I have 400$ to spare!
Really glad you mentioned this issue, or I might have found myself in easily avoidable hassle. Thanks a lot!
One more thing: you say that the EF mount is future-proof... But if I go the Panasonic route and get myself a 20$ m4/3 to EF adapter, wouldn't that make it just as future-proof? I could use the exact same lenses, right? And since the sensor is smaller, it would even allow me to use c-mount lenses...
Am I looking at this wrong?
Thanks a lot for that. You might be right, maybe I should flip my budget... Nice lenses and a nice tripod are much more future-proof than a nice camera; but then again, 4k is also much more future-proof than the not-so-great Full HD of a t2i. I will dig deeper into the option. Your 0.02$ are very, very much appreciated!
I'll be making a final decision before the end of either this or next week, and I'll keep you guys posted when I do.
Very true. Yes, I got my hands on an old Cosina SLR recently, and am now beginning to understand just how important it is to expose correctly.
Thanks for the words of advice!