After two years of renting cameras at work the station decided to pull the trigger and buy a large sensor digital cinema camera.
For the most part I’ve used an AF-100 and F3, but mostly the AF-100, so now I have to decide which one to buy? The last two years we have seen almost a revolution in digital cinema cameras. Red and Arri are the kings and Sony and Canon want to play as well. Panasonic where are you? I decided that I need an HD camera. As much as I wanted a Red Scarlet I just couldn’t see the post workflow working well in a broadcast environment.
The choices where an F3, AF-100, C100 or C300. I picked the C300. This camera checks off pretty close to all the boxes for the type of work I do. Local news image promos and commercial production. I rented the C100 when it hit the rental market and was impressed with the image quality and ergonomics of the camera. This experience really made me want to try out the C300 even more. I couldn’t wait for the next project to come my way. Well I guees I don’t have to wait since I now have it and a very nice lens package as well. I’m still getting familiar with the C300. It’s a tad heavier and bigger than the C100. The viewfinder is killer! Wow is it sharp and so much better than the C100. The LCD screen is also very nice. I did a quick on-camera intro for a spot today & like what I see! The image is just great. The honeymoon has started.
Here is the basic package I put together. More bits are needed and Im working on a good way to go rig free. I like the ergonomics a lot and don’t want to go Frankenrig on the C300.
- Canon 16-35 F2.8L
- Canon 24-105 F4L IS
- Canon 35 F1.4L
I bought four extra batteries and and six SanDisk Extreme 32gig cards. This should get me going. I need an extra charger.
I’m having some issues getting my Lectrosonic 411a attached, but have a couple leads on a cold shoe adapter. Again I want to keep it simple. I have a Tilta shoulder rig and rails with handles but I just feel this camera begs to be used stripped down. I might feel different later. More to come as I use this awesome new C300 digital cinema camera. One feature I still don’t understand is missing is auto focus. Really? The camera should have it period!
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