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#1 Mark Day

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:05 PM

So, can anyone suggest a good "entry" level camera that doesn't cost a fortune?  I'm talking $3K or less for camera alone.  I've been looking at Blackmagic, but I see mixed reviews here.  I'm not new to digital photography and I've done a little film work, but it appears digital is the way to go.  Like I said, $3K or less and 2.5K resolution.  4K would be optimal, but it appears those would be out of my budget.

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#2 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:58 PM

What kind of work are you doing? What specs are you looking for?
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#3 Tom Yanowitz

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 02:27 PM

My choice would depends on what you want to sacrifice.

Great sensor but poor video file (hence poor postproduction) : sony a7s II

Mediocre sensor but raw video file : blackmagic cameras


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Posted 14 June 2016 - 04:32 PM

Well, I really like doing nature.  Not in a documentary style, but just subject matter with background tracks.  I realize that this is going to require a rather expensive telephoto lens.  I'd like 4K if I can afford it, but I think 2.5K could be good.  Or not.  I don't know.


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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 05:43 PM

Most of the blackmagic stuff is fine.The 4K doesn't have the dynamic range or low noise of the 2.5, but that's reasonable - it's not a bad camera.

 

At that price level you're looking at Blackmagic, or a DSLR from Canon, Sony or Panasonic.

 

Also look at JVC - they're cruelly overlooked.

 

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#6 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 06:05 PM

Well, I really like doing nature.  Not in a documentary style, but just subject matter with background tracks.  I realize that this is going to require a rather expensive telephoto lens.  I'd like 4K if I can afford it, but I think 2.5K could be good.  Or not.  I don't know.


So the next question is; who will be seeing your videos? What is the highest form of distribution (if any) do you expect?
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#7 Jan Tore Soerensen

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:44 AM

You'd really rather want a Blackmagic over a DSLR. The image quality is on another level. It's all in the detail and dynamic range. I've shot on 5d2, 7d and now the BMC2,5. If you can afford it, I would also look at the a7s2, which has the internal stabilizer and 4k@100mbps. I'd take that over the BMC.

 

Blackmagic has had huge problems with their sensors and customer support. I would not really feel comfortable buying a URSA mini myself. My BMC also shows some problems in lowlight at 1600iso. No problems at 800 though.

 

As already stated, it boils down to use.


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