Rank Amateur Posted March 28, 2017 Share Posted March 28, 2017 Hi all, I have been reading the eoshd.com forum for a long time and respect the opinions of many contributors here, so I’m hoping to get some advice on which camera (~$3,000 or less) is best for me. I enjoy doing VFX and would like to emulate scenes that are combinations of slow motion, green screen, match moving, etc. I have a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, the BMPCC Metabones Speed Booster, and Sigma 18-35 lens that I got because I read it would be easier to key footage using RAW or 4:2:2 color space. I find it so difficult to nail focus with it, though, (even using focus peaking) that I can rarely motivate myself to invest time in shooting something with it because the end result is often somewhat blurry to me, even after applying unsharpen in post. I bought a loupe for it as well hoping that would resolve the issue, but I still can’t seem to get consistently sharp results. I’m sure it’s just me because others rave about this camera. Anyhow, I talked my wife into agreeing that I can buy a new camera, and it’s going to be the only one I’ll be able to get for at least 3 years given how difficult that conversation was, so I want to make sure I make the best choice possible, even if that means waiting for something coming out later this year. These are the features I’m looking for: Great stabilization so I can do interesting camera moves without the expense or hassle of a steady cam or gimbal. Great auto focus so that “talent” stays in focus while I do above mentioned camera moves 4K so I can emulate camera moves/zooms in post for 1080p delivery Great low light so I can get good footage with less than ideal lighting. Great color information to aid me in chroma keying footage Low rolling shutter to reduce/eliminate blurring of tracking markers so that software can assist with match moving camera moves in 3D virtual environment Great slow motion to allow for emulating scenes from Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the like. I was waiting for the GH5 to arrive because I’d hoped it would tick all these boxes, but I’ve read in a few places now that its video auto focus is not as good as Sony’s or Canon’s, it doesn’t have great low light, etc. Of course, Sony and Canon seem to be missing things that the GH5 offers. I'm trying to find the camera that comes closest to having it all. Is there a non-hybrid/camcorder type camera I should be looking at? I’m surprised hybrid cameras seem to be advancing at the pace they are but I haven’t heard about any similarly priced dedicated video solutions that offer everything they do and more. Is there anything rumored to be coming out at NAB that would be a better fit for the above applications than what’s available now? Thanks so much for your help/advice! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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