It’s a great time to be in this field. The technology is never ending, cameras are getting more powerful, lighting has numerous options, and the gear… oh that gear :). Not to mention the announcements from Canon and Red. I won’t fill this post about those cameras for two reasons. I haven’t event seen them (as most haven’t), and there’s enough information out there already. I recommend checking out Vincent Laforet’s blog and watch the beautiful short he shot with it. Amazing.
Ok, back to what I wanted to talk about. There are so many options out there when it comes to cameras and gear to get the shots you want and bring a clients vision to reality. For almost two years I’ve been shooting with the Canon 7D I love it. Why I love it more is because it plays really nice with other cameras. Whether I end up getting an FS100, Scarlet, C300 or the mystery Canon DSLR, the 7D will always be an amazing B camera. With a nice prime, you can’t knock on that image quality. It served great as one of the cameras I shot with in a project with 522 Productions. It was a 7 day shoot where there were always at least 2 cameras running. Most days there was 3 and one day there was 4. Luckily they had a slate!
After working that many days with those cameras, the 7D is still my favorite. The 5D is great but for the price, I’d rather have a 7D and a nice prime. The 60D was cool but lacks some of the features of the 7D/5D. Plastic body, menu configuration and the ability to shift the white balance beyond the basic white balance control. White balance brings me to the AF100. Ugh.
I know some people love it but the camera still disappoints me. And I wasn’t the only one. It’s not lack of features, size, or even image quality. We had Zeiss primes and it look amazing. But dialing white balance is a headache. When matching 3 other cameras this took way too much time on the AF. I wasn’t on the AF much but the director of photography that was said he couldn’t trust what he saw on the monitor. That’s not good. But again, the image that came out of the camera (with Zeiss) looked clean and crisp. Having audio meters in the camera and dual XLR inputs really helped too.
Needless to say, there are a lot of options in cameras and you just have to decide what camera will work best for you and the projects you want to get. If I have learned anything it is to invest in lighting and glass. After that, a nice tripod and a multi purpose rig will get you far.