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I’ve brought up this point in several threads and agree with many of the point brought up. I was fortunate and started out working with high-end broadcast quality gear. However, there were many times you couldn’t drag a big Betacam on a job so you got issued anything from a handycam to a pro high-8 rig. I learned from those shoots that the basics still apply and you could push a low-end camera to get good shots. That experienced helped me once I started working on my own (no high-end gear to be found!) Renting was out because it took up 60 – 75% of my production price. So, I did small gigs with low-end gear always with my eye on getting my hands on better gear. Eventually, I moved up to the CanonXL series of cameras and shot some very good productions with them. Now I’ve moved up to JVC GYHD-200UB cameras with an eye for either their latests pro handheld orthe Canon EOS 5D MkII as a supplemental shooter. On much bigger jobs, depending on the requirements I can now rent as needed and nowI can put the costs into the production budget.
With creativity and skill you can shoot some remarkable stuff with low-end gear. But you are not going to come close to anything shot with mid-level to high-end gear. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to blow a buttload of cash on gear and not know what the ‘hamfat’ to do with it!What’s really annoying these days is how many potential clients trying to hire professionals only want to pay $150 bucks for a full day’s shoot with gear and stillexpect a quality product.