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Can We Talk Film Equipment… Specifically Cameras?

Can We Talk Film Equipment... Specifically Cameras?

Alright, so… I’m not one of those filmmakers who salivates at the thought of controlling the newest, latest, greatest piece of video camera equipment. I know very little about what’s current, and I’m perfectly OK with that.

Suffice it to say that the technical aspects of filmmaking aren’t my forte. When I need to shoot a film, I hire an experienced cinematographer, convey my wishes to them, and thus begins the conversation that continues throughout the production process.

Even though I’ve sung the praises of digital technology with regards to the production and consumption of film, I was trained with film cameras; thus, I’m much more comfortable with a wind-up Bolex in my hand than some prosumer Panasonic HDCam.

All that said, I recently went ahead and dropped close to $4,000 on a Panasonic AG-HMC150 kit that includes the camera itslef and some extras (like an additional battery, and other small items), plus insurance, and, of course, tax. The camera itself is about $3,000, but toss in all that extra stuff, and it adds up quickly.

There was some ambivalence on my part in purchasing it because of just how crowded the market appears to be! Tons of friggin’ cameras to choose from that’ll make a novice like myself’s head spin. So, I’m curious to know what all you gear-heads out there are fiddling with these days. If say you had $4,000 to $5,000 to spend right on a camera right now, what brands, makes and models would you be looking at?

I’m talking about something you wouldn’t hesitate to use to shoot your prized film project with, but that’s also versatile enough to capture some home movies, like that sex tape you haven’t made yet, but are thinking about ;)

I’ve heard much talk about these DSLR cameras, and the wondrous images they supposedly capture.

School me! If you’ve already got a kit, tell me what’s in your arsenal? Whether it costs $2,000 or $20,000 or more… or less. Maybe you’re toting a RED around; Or you’re rich, and you have one of those gorgeous new Arri Alexa digital cameras; Or maybe you’re content shooting with the camera on your iPhone? Why not?

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