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Best for hire - C100 Mk 2 or C300 mk 1

Tim Sewell

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I've got around £5k to invest next year in starting (in a small way) a camera hire business and within my budget I could go for either a C100 mk 2 or a second hand C300 mk 1. I already have a reasonable amount of Canon glass, a BMD video assist and a Ninja 2. Which camera body do the denizens of EOSHD would yield me the better return in terms of hires?


Thanks for any help anyone can give me on this - I'm truly conflicted.

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I hate to say it b/c I own a C100mII, but C300 carries a better name for camera hire. It's kind of stupid really that it comes down to that, and not talent. Reputation aside, I like the C100mkII better. The Dual Pixel AF is amazing. Also you get 60p @ 1080,

It's sad that you can get a job just because you have a C300 and the C100 mii does the same thing. 

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Guest Ebrahim Saadawi

The C300. 

Better rental reputation and carries a higher number, 300 vs 100. 

But not just that, many rent the C300 for broadcast, and the C300 is a must as it has that specific broadcast codec TV stations adore, while with a C100 he'd need to deal with recording externally and deal with ProRes. And also for broadcast, the HD-SDI outputs, Genlock and Timecode ports are a big benefit for the C300. The C300 has a better LCD screen at the top with higher flexibility, it can be positioned anywhere on the camera and has a dedicated panel. The C300 has a much better ND interface, it's electronic vs mechanical on the C100. You touch a button and it moves. 

The C100II upsides vs the C300 are numerous: Dual Pixel AF II, smaller size and weight with an integrated LCD, 1080p 60p, scratch mic without top handle, cheaper, smaller SD cards vs CF cards, red buttons :). 

Even if the C300 had zero advantages, for hiring out, I'd get the C300 just because of the reputation it carries in rentals. It's the most hired camera in Europe/USA for the past 2 years. 

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