on Jun 2, 2014 at 6:27:01 pm Last Edited By Per Argentine on Jun 2, 2014 at 6:28:43 pm
So we recently sold off our workhorse Panasonic 3700. The new Varicams look great but we can't justify the cost anymore. Our projects are a mixture of different types of documentaries, some that are shot cinema-style and others that shot handheld, from natural history to contemporary stories to history/reenactment. Our DP has a RED so we plan on using that for our bigger budget projects, but I'd like to have a flexible camera in-house for our smaller projects and those that need something that's more run-and-gun. I've been going through all our options and have narrowed things down to a wish list:
-Able to be configured for ENG-style shooting with (relatively) no fuss
-Camera, lens, and needed accessories are ideally under 20k
-Non-propriety recording media preferred
The AJA CION is looking good but not available until "later this summer". We have a quick shoot coming up in July & a 2-week natural history shoot in September. The Sony FS700 seems like the ideal choice at present, with something like the Zacuta shooter kit to shoulder mount it.