Hello. After being a freelance shooter for almost 20 years, I am starting my own company with an eye towards targeting business clients for videos for their websites, as opposed to event/wedding clients.
I have been approved for a grant for $12,000. I am thinking about buying two cameras. One I would like to have is a 'digital cinema' camera to give certain videos the film look. The other I would like to have is one that would have a 'video look' like footage seen on newscasts. I could then give potential clients a choice, and there are some projects that would be more appropriate for one look over the other.
As I don't want to use a DSLR, the most affordable camera to be the 'film look' camera that I'm considering is the Sony FS-100. For the camera for the 'video look' I was advised to get the Sony FDR-AX1, as it shoots in 4K. I had been considering a used Sony EX-3 or similar, but am now leaning towards the AX1.
B&H in NYC sells the AX1 for $4500, and the FS-100 body only for $4000. However-
another place in NYC selling a used FS100 with lens and shotgun mike for $3425, and another used FS100 kit for $4500, which includes lens, 3.5 LCD, memory stick and Sony warranty. An on line site Global Media Pro is selling a used kit for $4130, which includes Sony E18 18-200mm OSS lens.
I don't want to spend the entire $12,000 on cameras, as I need to get a few other things too. Any advice is greatly appreciated, as well as the names of other places to go for the cameras. Thanks.
If you like the Sony look, the your choices seem pretty good to me. Otherwise, the Canon EOS C-100 with the new autofocus would likely be a great choice for your "filmic" camera. For the "video look" why not get a prosumer camera such as the Sony 96GB HXR-NX30 Palm Size NXCAM HD for $1,800? Then you'd have a very distinctive difference to show potential clients. I'm guessing that unless price is too much of an issue they will all opt for the Canon. However, that little Sony has a fantastic internal stabilizing system which will allow you to make very smooth hand-held shots. It also seems to have amazing auto-iris and focus. There are some demo videos on YouTube you can check out. (Yes, pros don't use "auto" anything, except when they do.)
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