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I have a $1300 budget.

Looking to shoot video only: real estate, corporate, local commercials, music videos. No indie film.

Like the title says, should I get a good body like Canon 80D and a "regular" lens or get a T3i body with a more expensive lens?

Thx

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For $1300 you can get both. 

Used Panasonic G80/G85 + 12-60 - $700-800

Used Olympus 9-18 - $300

Used Panasonic 25/1.7 - $70-90

Memory card, third party extra battery, Röde videomicro, cheap video tripod and slider - $200 

That's the kit i would go for. Realtors love them slider shots. 

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On 1/11/2018 at 12:23 PM, xavpil said:

Like the title says, should I get a good body like Canon 80D and a "regular" lens or get a T3i body with a more expensive lens?


From the long term perspective, a lens will depreciate slower than a camera body will. Thus in the long run you'll come out ahead. 

But no way on earth would I ever be buying any of those Canon DSLRs! :-o 

With your teeny budget I'd suggest:

Secondhand Panasonic G7
Secondhand Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 in Nikon F mount (or similar lens, such as from Tamron)
Secondhand Nikon 50mm f1.8 
RJ Lens Turbo
Panasonic 14mm f2.5 pancake
Panasonic 25mm f1.7
Tascam DR10L (your budget is too low for true wireless, but at least having this will massively improve the quality of your talking head videos)
Sirui tripod & monopod with a fluidhead
CAME-Single gimbal

I'd like to also add the suggestion of redheads and a 1x1 LED panel. But I suspect we've already blown your budget!

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I've used Panasonic Lumix Gx7 with Panasonic 12-35 G X lens (which is 24-70 for full frame) during my trip to Japan. Fit my needs very well for both wide and tele range. 

I don't need to switch the lens all the time and can change zoom while shooting video, which is very convenient for  run-n-gun shooting.

 

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