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Heartzz and Mat,
Canon makes some great cams and the XLH and XH series are some of their best non-ENG/Studio grade rigs. Heartzz, you’re going to spend way more than $6k for the XLH1a and forget about the XLH1s.
Though I love Sony’s pro cam’s I hate their prosumer lines not because they don’t get great imagery, but because Sony is notorious for whippin’ out a new format every couple of years! That and their product support ain’t stellar for the bucks you shell out.
I’m seriously leaning towards Canon’s 5DMkII and the 7D DSLR’s. Stupid high-res HD, more lens choices than you can shake a stick at and best of all, cheap. You figure you could take that $6k, get a 5DMk II a full mattebox kit from Redrock or Zacuto, 32GB class 6 flash media cards, Kata or Porta-Brace camera bag, a pro lightweight tripod, a stripped down macbook pro or a gassed up built-to-order PC laptop, CS4 production suite and maybe have enough left over for a decent 3-light kit.
Mat RRM’s MicroX Flip accessory would be an extra $554.00 + Shipping. With a 5k budget you might want to take a look at the Canon DSLR’s too.