HelsinkiZim Posted December 16, 2016 Share Posted December 16, 2016 So today was the most frustrating, ridiculous, soul crushing day I have had with a shoot. I'll explain, but a bit of back story first... I have been shooting digital video since 1998, professionally (man with a camera stuff e.g. weddings, seminars) since 2005. I have also worked to pay the bills as a producer and sales rep in various tv and video production houses in some parts of the world. My wedding and corporate business was a side gig until this year when I went full time solo for various reasons. I took a break for 3 years circa 2012 to do a master's degree in south Africa and the best camera they had was a hvx200, previously my go to camera was Sony z1. So when I left Africa and arrived in sunny Helsinki 3 years ago I decided to see what all the DSLR fuss was about now that I was in a first world country. I joined this forum and perused others, and I fell in love with the community and gear. When I wrote my business plan for yet another video business venture, I was sure DSLR was the ticket to ride. for the price of a camcorder I could have a studio, with lights et al. Today I made up my mind that it is not for me. I had a pretty standard interview which I planned, lit and shot with a gh4 and a micro Cinema Camera as b cam. Yes, I know, but that is not the point. Matching was not what I was worried about, I have come to know them both very well. But the endless, finicky bullshit.... Speed boosters, ND filters, v mount batteries, cages, external sound recorder, screws and cables and screws, monitors... On top of the standard things you need to be concerned about, like exposure, light and focus... Oh, and the actual bloody interview... Its fucking insane. Excuse my language I am pissed off. Yes, you could say I need to practice more, but those hours at my rate fiddling with nonsense and fixing mistakes... I may as well have just bought a all around really good camera. Everything was fine if you do one off jobs, but today was the end of a full week of filming with this apparatus and it is too much for any human to keep track of all the moving parts. Again,, yes you could hire an assistant, but again you may as well invest that money in a camera. Also, this doesn't include post, and trying to compensate for each cameras numerous ridiculous quirks. So, in short, I will be investing in a camera in the near future that lets me do my job. The only things I am now used to is small size. So maybe it's the fs5, I guess I'll see how next year pans out. Don Kotlos, Orangenz, jonpais and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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