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Old 10-15-2013, 06:42 AM   #1
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I am an indie movie maker and want to purchase a camera for my work. I have been tossing between the SONY NEX FS 100K and Nikon D800.

I have used both on my previous films but cannot decide since both gave amazing results. Any inputs from anyone would be appreciated.

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Old 08-19-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
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I am an indie movie maker and want to purchase a camera for my work. I have been tossing between the SONY NEX FS 100K and Nikon D800.

I have used both on my previous films but cannot decide since both gave amazing results. Any inputs from anyone would be appreciated.

Thank You

Nitin
Hi,

I've shot documentaries and just finished a pilot for a web series with a Panasonic Lumix GH1 which is a DSLR. One thing that people forget is that with most DSLRs, the viewfinder becomes inactive while shooting video, forcing you to use the LCD...but in bright light, LCDs are pretty much useless. The Lumix cameras are cool because they are true video cameras meaning that the viewfinder is electronic...so you can use it anytime you like.

Just a thought. I hope it's helpful.

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Old 08-19-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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For shooting movies you are better off using a video camera - video on dslr are an after thought - only sony slt's allow for continuous autofocus just one example of issues. Far better off using a device intended for its purpose (dslr =photos whereas movie cameras = movies). You can grab stills from a movie camera and they are not as good as a dslr likewise movies from a dslr tend to be lesser quality. For home movies I wouldn't be to worried but for commercial use better off using the proper tool.
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