Cinematic always worries me.


Cinematic always worries me. I get the opinion that the sense here is that cinematic means increased dynamic range and shallow depth of field. That camera is very capable, and when mated with a lens of similar quality is mega money for a beginner to try to grapple with. It’s also going to need a substantial crane/job to fly it and I wonder if you actually need 4K quality and price for what you are considering.

I’m old fashioned and have always used shoulder mounted cameras with B4 lenses. I like sharp pictures and full depth of field and reserve shallow DoF for effects. I do have a DSLR that I use for stills and absolutely HATE it. The images are lovely – but I find the way it works very different from my video kit. All my cameras have proper focus demands and framing and movement with a decent head/legs combination is smooth and accurate. The inability of photo style lenses to stay in focus when zoomed is a real pain – and as I have got older and wear glasses, seeing the screen to check focus visually is nigh on impossible.

Professional is what the operator should be – and a pro can use almost any camera if it can do the job. Plenty of easier HD cameras to learn on, and the learning curve for 4K is steep – I did some Sony training at Pinewood on 4K and it’s tough – so many tweaks and adjustments that impact the picture – and to see them a very expensive monitor is needed too. Too much?

Maybe consider hiring a few to try on jobs – then you’ll know what you like and dislike?

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