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The EX3 is much more expensive than a 5D(II or III combined.) Rob’s right about the DoF issues. Prior to picking out a camera, have you broken down your script/project yet? After a proper breakdown of what the project requirements will be gives you a much better idea of how you want to shoot it. Knowing how you want to shoot your project will make it much easier to pick out a camera.
Is this a documentary or a narrative film? With doc’s you don’t necessarily need shallow DoF. In fact, shallow DoF sometimes takes away the ‘grit’ from the look of a doc. If it’s a narrative, shallow DoF will give you the ability to ‘isolate’ your talent from the background which is important during dialog and focusing the audiences attention.
Both cameras are good choices but the other question you need to answer is; what’s your primary distribution method? No matter what it is, you want to capture good imagery but do you need 1080i for a web show? Are you planning on showing it on a large screen (i.e. movie theater?) Is the film going straight to DVD or Blu-ray? Those are all valid questions and the type of camera you pick will influence the process for obtaining the final product.
If nothing else, you can pick up a 35mm adapter kit to go with your EX3. If purchasing an EX3 and all its supporting gear doesn’t make you blink, the addition of an adapter kit, mattebox and filters won’t hurt as much either. Just remember, you’re going to need a significant amount of support gear to get the 5D to capture imagery at its full potential too!