I will be shooting a documentary in the Caribbean this year as a pre-cursor to a narrative feature film I will be doing there.
I'm done with DSLR Frankenstein rigs, and really miss using ENG broadcast shoulder-mount cameras for this kind of work. I want something I can chuck on my shoulder, and will stand up to some light abuse (happy to buy a portabrace cover of course).
I miss ergonomics.
Unfortunately, my total kit budget is sub $5000. But I don't really need a tripod for what I'm doing, and I'm a one man director/camera man on this one. Interview audio will be recorded with a portable device, so the budget can be sunk into just the camera, lens, and acceptable onboard mic.
It will need to preform well in bright sunlight, but also have some sort of ability to shoot in lower light situations (bars etc),although I don't mind a bit of noise, as long as it's usable footage. (so fairly clean at 1600 iso ideally).
The only thing new in my price-range seems to be something like the Sony NEX-EA50UH, with a few minor add ons. I could set that up for under $4000 I'd say. But it doesn't look particularly durable, and I would almost never use that lens that comes with it.
I'm open to suggestions of used equipment, maybe a Sony F900 (I really like the F35, but it's out of my budget range, and not super practical)? Although I'm a little weary of the amount of abuse used broadcast equipment will have endured. It's a hard, hard life for cameras in the doco world!
Thanks! Look forward to hearing what you guys think.