Recommendations for a Camera

HD Video Cameras, microphones, greenscreens etc.

Recommendations for a Camera

Postby Cutterone on 05/15/2016, 1:59 pm

All,

I know it's a topic that comes up regularly, so I'll cut to the chase.

I'm looking for recommendations from others here in regards to a HD camera that offers flexibility (can swap out lenses) and quality.

I've been using a Canon XL-2 and/or a Gopro Hero 4 to capture footage to use for VFX (not story or "movie" per se, just to grab footage to use in AE for doing affects).

Recently though, I've been going through some old scripts I wrote a couple of years ago and thinking about finally "making it happen", but I don't think my XL-2 is up to the challenge/quality that today's short films are putting out.

So, since you all are knowledgeable and have experience, what's a good camera to replace my XL-2 with.

Price is not an issue (to a certain point of course, figure anything under $3000).
Again, my main thing is quality and flexibility.

So, any recommendations?

Thanks
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby Guitarboy2828 on 05/16/2016, 7:40 am

You may need to give more information. I used to use a canon xl-2, it's a great camera, but pretty big and bulky. BUT, if offers a lot and gives an amazing image.

If you want a handheld video camera, I'd highly suggest the Canon XA25 or the cheaper XF105. They will be quite similar to your XL-2. But, they don't have interchangeable lenses, so if that is a must, obviously it is out.

DSLRs are amazing and I've converted fully to this route. But, it's a lot harder to use and takes some getting used to pulling focus while zooming, etc. But the Sony A7s 2 is incredible, the Panasonic GH4 is great, Canon 5d mk3 or 6D also give beautiful images. Personally, I love the look of dslrs, nice bokeh, very 'cinematic' because of the DOF. Lenses let you really create the mood you're after. Obviously lens choices give you more flexibility too. The full frame dslrs are much better in low light too.

All that being said, you said "Price is not an issue (to a certain point of course, figure anything under $3000)." If this is your budget, I'd go with the Canon XA or XF cameras. They will be along the lines of what you're used to operating, they are fairly flexible in what they offer, quality is great, etc.
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby shiro on 05/17/2016, 5:48 am

I own a cannon rebel t5i and am still happy with it, highly recommend Canon
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby shiro on 05/17/2016, 5:49 am

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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby Cutterone on 05/17/2016, 6:39 am

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the responses. I think I'm going to look at Canon as I'm a big fan of their products (as I stated in my original post, I've had an XL-2 and XL-1 for years). Thank you for all of the tips.
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby Cutterone on 05/17/2016, 6:48 am

Oh, one more question (sorry)

If I decide to go the DSLR route, what would be features that I should look for? Sorry, if that sounds like a noob question, but I've never looked into the DSLR world (as opposed to dedicated video cameras) before. Obviously lens changablilty, and low-light shooting, but what else should I look for? Are there Format specifics, aspect ratios, and fps that would be different from a dedicated video camera?
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby Cutterone on 05/25/2016, 7:09 am

Hey all,

Just thought I'd share since you guys took the time out to help.

I believe I've settled in on my next rig. I'm going to be starting with the following:

Sony Alpha A7s mkII
Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine DL lens (for sony E-mount)
Tascam DR60D mkII 4-channel recorder for DSLR
Elvid 7" Rigvision monitor for the camera.

Obviously I'm not listing batteries, SDXC cards, etc. etc. just the main components. I do have XLR mics (I'm also a musician) for use with the Tascam.

So, does it sound like I've put together a good starter rig? Thoughts/Suggestions?

Thanks in advance guys.

P.S. Yes, I went over my initial $3k budget, but I figure, why half-ass it? lol
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby Guitarboy2828 on 05/25/2016, 11:54 am

That's a pretty kick ass rig right there. You'll get some amazing shots with that!! Sony A7s is tough to beat at the moment in the dslr game, so great choice!

Audio is great too, love the tascams. Super good quality and work well!

Only thing I'd look at is a zoom lens. I'd personally get a Canon 24-105 with a metabones adaptor. Great optics and gives you a lot of options. 35mm is great, although, quite wide on a full frame camera. So, you'll struggle to get a lot of shots without moving in close. So, if you're set on a fixed lens, I'd probably get a 50mm, the standard. 35mm is standard for crop sensored bodies, which the A7s is not.

Lastly, I don't know the monitor you've mentioned, but to be honest, I'd hold off on a monitor and keep the money. You may decide in a month or two a monitor is worth it for you. In which case, go ahead. But unless you're going to buy a full rig, hand holding a camera with tascam and monitor will be nearly impossible. Will be too heavy and clunky. Unless you will always be locked off on a tripod? Dslr's aren't as easy to hand hold as a video camera.
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby Cutterone on 05/26/2016, 8:56 am

Thanks for the tips Guitarboy.

I'm definitely already looking at additional lenses, although my wallet will need time to recoup, LOL. Since most of the shots I plan on doing will be locked down and on a tripod (at least for the summer as I get used to the camera, and mainly some greenscreen stuff) I'm not thinking of a full rig just yet, maybe as a christmas gift to myself, LOL.

I'll post up some stuff when I get her up and running.
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Re: Recommendations for a Camera

Postby ElDirector on 06/1/2016, 3:48 pm

Consider a global shutter if you're doing stuff for VFX, the rolling shutter on most of the suggestions will drive you nuts. Have a look at the BM URSA Mini 4K
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