I've posted this on the cinema5d message board, but I thought I'd broaden my search for answers. Hope no one's offended by this.
Help or comments on this are deeply appreciated.
My name is Christopher and I've been browsing this forum for a while now. Jumping into DSLR filmmaking, getting involved in the discussions seemed only appropriate. I'm only beginning to figure cinematography out, and with a few shorts and music videos under my belt I'm ready to get a Canon 7D for myself (have done a fair amount of research on both the 7D and the 5D. At its price the 7D is right for me). I will use this for a smaller documentary shoot in Malawi this summer, among many other projects.
I need some advice on my purchase, especially lenses. I have about $3500 to spend on a kit.
7D body incl. 1x charger, 1x lithium battery, 1x LP E6 battery, 1x 16G Memorycard, 1x protective bag - $2400
Rode Video Mic - $140
Canon Objektiv EF 50mm f/1.4 USM - $550
This leaves $410 to spend on an additional lens...on which I'm unsure of. Comments?
I could add $275 on the camera package and get the Zoomlens EF-S 18-135mm f/3,5-5,6 IS, which I hear isn't very good.
But that would leave me with about $100 to spend on additional equipment.
Should I go with the stock zoomlens or spend all of the $400 on a better lens (which I feel is the best option)
Advice or comments on this would be appreciated. Comments on the rest of my kit are also welcome.