This is a Guest Post by Daniel Smukalla, Director of Sedae.
These days, there are so many great cameras on the market, which is why I had such a difficult time last year deciding upon which one to purchase to shoot the Korean documentary “Sedae”. Originally I wanted to get a video camera, since video is my primary purpose, but flexibility with time lapse was also needed to tell the story of “Sedae”. In that regard, DSLRs are superior. However, I wasn’t ready to commit to a DSLR. I would shoot with them, and loved the images, but still felt limited since it was missing many of the features that I wanted from a video camera. Once I was ready to buy a camera though, the Sony a99 came on the market, and it convinced me of its ability to do video.
Sony just released the first full-frame mirrorless cameras that take interchangeable lenses. And here is what they look like…
Absolutely hideous I know, but what we fine inside this camera makes it a major hottie. This camera excites me because of the small ergonomics and specs that Sony have combined into one camera. In the past if I want to shoot and look like a tourist, I had a plethora of APS-C and MFT cameras to choose from, but no full-frame options. Now I have a full frame option that has a ton of lens options. Nice.
I already have some projects in mind that this camera would be perfect for… Going to chat with my pals at B&H to see if I can get a loaner and do some stealthy shooting for you guys.
The Sony NEX-VG900 gets a 4/5 in my book. I loved working with a full frame video camera. And having APS-C as an option that can be turned on is brilliant. Check out my review for more details and demo footage.
Gear in this video:
Loved working with this lens. Perfect match for the VG-900.
This rig fit the VG900 like a glove.
Seeing all these video DSLRs on sale for the holidays has me remembering when I was looking for my first video capable DSLR. 3 Years ago it was either the Nikon D90 (720p? Yuck), Canon 5D Mark II or the Canon 7D (brand new at the time). Back then it took at least $1500 to get in the game if you wanted 1080p. 3 years later its less than half that. AND there are several models in each price bracket.
Black friday is over, but there are still several great deals on HDSLRs. It is a great time to be alive for filmmakers and photographers!