Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:23 AM
am going to start a camera rental shop in Chennai.am planning to buy professional cameras for mainly short film and feature film making uses.since am an amateur can u pls guide me on what to buy and what to do.i am confused to buy a 5d or 7d or z5 or z7.am gonna buy 3 cams and with any combination of the four.the budget is 5.5 lack and am not sure where i would get the cams at lower costs.and the do tell me abt the extra accessory's i need to buy.kindly help me out.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:41 AM
Rental is an area where you can lose a lot money and you need to stock the latest gear, plus you need back up equipment.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 08:34 AM
Posted 30 June 2011 - 10:42 AM
I'd do some market research and check on what the students will be wanting over the next couple of years, the DSLR fashion has been around for a while, but it may be shifting as the low price large sensor video cameras are now coming out at not too much more than the cost of a kitted out video DSLR.
Prices will vary from country to country.
Of course, you'll need to add the accessories onto the 5D just to meet the basic spec of the FS100, which a better video camera unless you're totally obsessed by a razor thin depth of field. You certainly don't have the moire issues of the DSLR cameras.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 11:18 AM
Posted 30 June 2011 - 11:45 AM
Posted 30 June 2011 - 12:16 PM
oh ok so dslrs are out of the list then.so will z5 or z7's do as the fs100 is quite costly and i could only afford two of those with a accessory's of one's:(
It really depends on your market and what it will need over the next couple of years. Is the local market likely to go tapeless for example? Rental companies tend to buy to future demand and those cameras have been around for a couple of years. There's nothing to stop you getting the DSLRs, just cost out the accessories, a low budget is one of the main reason for using them, although perhaps it's getting marginal with the 5D II. I know one rental company that has recently purchased the 5D, but they have also bought a Sony F3. If you've got a good market they should pay for themselves before the any possible large sensor video camera has an impact, however, students tend not to have much money.
As Adrian mentions, grip and lighting equipment has a longer working life than cameras. Certainly tripods should be part of your rentals.