I hope you don't mind if i pick your brains. Apologies for it being long. The bold text highlights the questions that i'm currently struggling to answer.
I've been involved in video and film for a few years but have never specialized, it's always been more of a hobby. I studied a 2D/3D animation diploma about 3 years ago and although i haven't done it full time, i've always done small freelance jobs here and there. This year i have made the commitment to give it my 100% attention as i do really enjoy working with film and combining after effects compositions etc.
I currently have a Canon 550d with 50mm f/1.2L and 24-70mm f/2.8L lenses which produce a very nice quality of video. I have just finished my first real project for the year which took me a month - it's a documentary and it's about 5 mins long. It was done as a freebie to build my showreel and i'm happy with the product. It is my goal to create a few of these projects which will ultimately assist me in selling my services. So that is the path that i'm on and i'm quite confident i will get there if i just dedicate my time and persevere.
I have been researching the particulars of video for a few weeks (depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, interlaced versus progressive etc.) as i am trying to understand which cameras/lenses are best suited for which tasks. I currently lack a very big zoom range with the lenses i own and am looking to solve the problem. The question is, do i invest in a 70-300mm f/4L lens for my DSLR? or alternatively do i keep the DSLR for up close/shallow DoF stuff and then rather purchase a professional camcorder which can fulfill the purpose of zooming further as well as other footage that doesn't necessarily require shallow DoF?
I read a professional videographers perspective on a similar question and he suggested that to be a successful videographer, one needs to own both types of cameras. Mostly because there are times when the camcorder can get through the work quicker (due to it's auto features and better sound recording capabilities). Having said all that, i'm leaning more towards purchasing a professional camcorder but this has raised more questions because there are many options. Living in Dubai, we don't have a huge selection but i have been to a few shops and i have found 4 cameras that have gained my interest, inspected them and read specs/reviews. I've been so impressed by Canon that it's difficult to point my interest in any other direction, but in each case i have highlighted the key points of each camera, if you could please give me your advice it would help me out a lot. Note: through my research i have found that i need to film in progressive rather than interlaced. This would allow the footage to match the DSLR footage so it's quite important.
This camera is AED 9000 in Dubai. It looks professional which is visually a plus. My only problem is that in 1080 it can only film 25p. Otherwise, it has good ratings and a good canon HD lens with 10x zoom. Video is shot at 28MB/s. Only 1 x 1/3" CMOS sensor. Uses SD card which is ideal for me.
This camera is AED 14500 in Dubai. It is very similar to camera #1, except video is shot at 50MB/s in 1080 25p which is broadcast quality. For the extra $$ i don't think i'm going to benefit as i don't require such high quality at the moment. Uses CF cards which is not ideal for me.
This camera is AED 5600 and is exactly like camera #1 except it doesn't have infrared or the professional body. This would be a better option at the moment while i'm not receiving an income as it can achieve a good product but at a reduced rate. Uses SD card which is ideal for me.
This camera is AED 3500 and has really impressed me. The question is, do people know that it exists? or is there something i'm missing? It appears to be a home video camera but shoots better video that camera #1 or camera #3, with 1080 50p at 28MB/s. It has 3 CMOS sensors (one for each color RGB) and 12 x zoom. Apparently the sound isn't very good, but i'm using an external sound recorder anyways. Uses SD card which is ideal for me. For the price, this camera seems like the obvious choice, apart from the fact that it doesn't look like a professional camera. The fact that it shoots 1080 at 50p is perfect for sports when you want to slow things by 50% and still maintain full frame rate. It has some good reviews here
I would like to buy a professional looking camera, but in so many ways (price and function) camera #4 seems better. Can you make any suggestions?
Really appreciate it guys,