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Patrick Bronte
can you please provide some advice on the best lower end prosumer camera?
on May 13, 2018 at 12:30:40 pm

I purchased a secondhand Sony PMW-EX3 that only lasted a couple of weeks after it was dropped so I've had to claim insurance. This leaves me a bit stuck as they won't replace the camera and will most likely pay out what I paid for it. So could anyone here please suggest some cameras in the lower end of the professional market place?

I've been looking at the Canon C100 Mk II for it sounds like I can get that SDOF within a small room/area. This is one of my key requirements in a camera for what I will only be using for: sit down interviews of the talking head variety. This sometimes means I have to go to people's homes where there isn't as much room. It's also in my budget. The Sony EX3 fell short of making it easy to achieve SDOF and was my first professional interchangeable lens camera. I didn't get a chance to really learn how to use it properly. Before that I used a Canon XF100. I posted a question about the C100 in the Canon forum and the one answer I received mentioned that it is more for cinematography than videography and will need a fast lens to capture SDOF. This has made me wonder if it's beyond my experience. But I have to purchase a prosumer camera to continue the work I've been doing. I feel confident that once I've studied the manual, watched videos and read all that I can find about a camera and after a decent amount of time playing with it in order to find and work out how to use everything I will need. The only thing is I need to have a decision made asap so I can get back to work as soon as everything has been sorted out with the insurance.

Can anyone please recommend a camera and a lens that will first, record great HD footage. I've used Canons XF codec as well as Sony's XCam codec. I use both FCP and Premiere and found Premiere to be very user friendly when dealing with the two codecs. Secondly, I need something to capture talking heads with SDOF without to much difficulty and in a small room with a minimum of about 10 feet between the interviewee and the background. I use a 3 point lighting system so will always have good light. I always do everything manually but have noticed some cameras have AF with face detection which is fine with me. So the only other requirements are that it comes in at $5.5, with the lens preferably within $1200. Do I need 4K? The end results will be headed towards TV but other than that it's going towards independent film festivals and the web. Will 4K become the required format within the next 3-4 years? Your help with some recommendations for a good camera and lens would be really appreciated here as I don't want to be talked into the wrong camera & lens by a salesman. I need to go in prepared.



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Al Bergstein
Re: can you please provide some advice on the best lower end prosumer camera?
on May 14, 2018 at 2:17:30 am

Hey Patrick, I've done a lot of interviews like that on a tight budget. The ability to do what you want is found in a huge array of cameras right now. I would certainly think of buying used. I sold my C100 a while back, and it was a great deal for the person that bought it. I also have owned the xf305 and xf100. For achieving best DOF the C100 would be a great choice with a fast 35 -105 lens. (you don't even need a super fast lens with the c100 and a short throw. ) But you could also buy a used GH4 orGH5 and achieve the same DOF within a smaller form factor. That's what I use now.

There's also the Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder, which might do the job for around $2k without a lens.

So check ebay and see what you can find.

Al


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