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Dimitri: I have to agree with the moderator – he has given you great advice – now let me fill you in with the details – the reasons why.
Having both the Sony Z5 video camera (fantastic but costs $4,000)and the Canon 5D M2 with5Carl Zeiss Lenses from my past collection (marvelous optics) , the Sony is Waaaaaaaaaay easier to use, hands down. It has a 20x lens, razor sharp, equal to the Canon -don’t forget we are dealing with a 2Mb picture, not 21Mb that the Canon is capable of for HD Video, great stereo audio and XLR inputs etc.
The Canon is a challenge to use. It does not have auto focus, the sound is awful in mono (a lot of pre-amp hiss), the aperture has click stops that often has to be adjusted on the fly as the light changes, the viewing screen is not moveable for low and high shots, and you cannot critical focus on the fly at wide open aperature and more often than not, a lot of shots are damn hard to make with that viewing screen- in the sunlight for instance, small screen etc. And trust me, critical focus is exactly that – CRITICAL. If it is not on, it is off. That is the (dis) / advantage of a large sensor. It is 20X larger than the Sony and with it is a myriad of phnotgraphic opportunities or disadvantages depending on your point of view.
And that is what makes the Canon so wonderul. It has shallow Depth of Field for amazing creativity that the Sony does not have unless at full zoom or something. And the Canon can take lovelynight shots that the Sony can’t do very well so long as you don’t go above ISO 1250 or so – then it gets noisy. The Canon takes incredible still shots while shooting video (you lose a second of video tho). Those stills are amongst the best in the world. For audio, the Canon will have to have a second sound recording system – like the HN4 or a Beachtek 5D adapter which is amongstthe best there is. But Beachtek owner – Harry Kaufmann -who is a friend of mine, makes not bones about it,tells me that the poor Canon pre-amps will never come close to giving you true pure audio despite his apapters being so good. A second system is the only way to go for pure audio. Now you may need a sound guy to help out!
So for a Canon to do the same thing as a Sony – you will need extra: 1: Audio recorder or adapter ($400) 2: Lenses ($1-2,000) 3: A viewing screen (lilliput $250+) or a screen magnifier ($75) 4: Microphones if you get an adapter ($200-$700). 5: Memory cards ($200). Patience ($ – huh?).
There are the straight goods. The ideal system is to use the video camera – the Sony in my case, and supplement it with the Canon for those artistic film shots – probably 5-15% of them. If you are doing docs – you don’t need the Canon. If you are creative, you will see great advantages. Hope this gives you the information you need.
ps: If HD is not what you want and can live with standard def – have a look at a used Sony VX2000. Get a Beachtek adapter and mics and you will get terrific results even in low light. And you can do it for about $1,500 all inclusive.