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- April 23, 2013 at 7:16 AM #57315ambynairParticipant
I own a Rebel XT with 18-55 and 75 to 300mm lenses. Doesnt have video capability. I have to upgrade. But I am interested in taking short videos / movies using DSLR. And very much like my next DSLR to have that capability without sacrificing still quality by a lot.
Need help in selecting right one. I also want to leave enough money to buy other equipments as needed.
My choices with APS-C cameras are
1. T2i with Magic Lantern or
1. Canon 5d Mark 2 or
2. Canon 5d Mark 3 or
3. Or Nikon 600 / 800 or
4. Canon 6d ( for video , this one is questionable ? as many websites indicates)
Appreciate your help and suggestions
–reposting this , for some reason is didnt go through first time.
I recently purchased the T4i (then Canon released the T5i two weeks later!). It does really nice video and can shoot for upto 29 minutes in 4 gig increments onto an SD card.
Get it with the 18-135 lens and then purchase a $100 Canon 50mm lens and you are probably pretty good to go for most video.
If you want to do more professional film shorts for film festivals, etc, you may want to get a full frame camera. The Canon 5d Mark 2's are $1000-1500 vs the Mark 3 at $3500. Search the internet and youtube for comparisions to see if the extra $2K is worth it to you.
But for personal video shorts or even professional wedding video and the like, you can probably do well with the T4i/T5i. The nice thing about dslr and video is the ability to change lens. The $1500-2000 videocams offer more connection options for things like audio but don't allow lens changes and may have a smaller sensor (but not certain about that).
Black Magic is offering a full sensor HD video cam for $1000 with the ability to change lens but not sure of all the particulars….I think it may shoot in RAW???
Don't forget video editing software as part of your purchase.
Thanks for response. I am leaning towards T4i , since I have lenses, I may just buy the body. But you comments on 5d, give me another angle to think about it. I am not interested in home videos. to begin with , I am interested in making short documentary for public interest , get my hands dirty and then venture into short movies . I do wanna participate in next year's film festival that happens in San Jose, CA. I like to believe T4i would be enough for it.
You should consider the Panasonic Lumix GH2 or GH3. They are great for DSLR Video work. I don't personally own one, but I have used them several times!
I love my Canon DSLRs (t2i, t3i, 60D 5DII) for short films! If you already have lenses, I would think that this is the way for you to go.