What Camera Should I Buy? : Filmmakers First Camera

What Camera Should I Buy? : Filmmakers First Camera

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What camera should I buy?

This is a question I get all the time, and in all honesty, I think about this question for myself too.
I mean, even as we speak, Sony just released two new cameras today. A7Sii and the FS5. Cameras are coming out left and right, so fast that as a beginner it may be confusing on what camera to get.
I explain in this video to not think about the gear so much, but instead ask yourself,
“What story am I trying to tell?” “Do I really need 240fps?” “What style of shooter am I?”
“Documentaries or studio work?”
When I decided to jump into a dslr, It took me weeks to finally pull the trigger. Buy this, buy that, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Canon, so many choices.
That being said, I wanted to mention and share some links to easy camera set ups for beginners. Figure out what camera works for the type of storytelling you do.
It took myself quite a while to figure out what type of style and cameras I liked. With that said, I have been able to shoot with many different cameras, from many different manufactures. I’ve learned that I am a color guy and tend to gravitate to cameras that produce amazing color. I also love easy menus and simple ergonomics.

So, don’t just jump on the band wagon and buy a brand because it is new, or because your friend shoots with it. Ask yourself those hard questions, “What style of shooter am I?”, “Do I really need this feature for the price?”, and “Will this fit the story.”

Hopefully this helps you out. I wish I would have tried cameras out before buying, it would have saved me some headaches.

-Levi

Below are some links of beginner camera packages that I think would be great for the up and coming Spielberg.
Also, go check out the guys at TV Specialists. They’ve got everything you need and more.

Canon T6i Video Creator Kit. This kits has it all, camera lens, sd-card and Rode shotgun mic.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7KK. Good camera for the person who wants a small foot print. Remember this camera is a micro 4/3 sensor. So not the best in low light.

Canon SL1. Great little camera, and the kit comes with tons of stuff. It doesn’t come with a lens, but I will have a link with a lens ever filmmaker needs to rely on. The 50mm.

First Lens Choice

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens. You can’t go wrong with a 50. This lens will be with you for many years to come.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Best wide angle for the price.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM Lens. Good lens for you to get those tight shots.

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