Camera Survey - what camera do you use

Camera Survey - what camera do you use

  • Arri

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • RED

    Votes: 5 20.0%
  • Canon

    Votes: 16 64.0%
  • Panasonic

    Votes: 7 28.0%
  • JVC

    Votes: 4 16.0%
  • Nikkon

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • Blackmagic

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • Sony

    Votes: 7 28.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 8.0%

  • Total voters


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A7S, A7ii, A6000, RX100iii, and 2x 4k action cams

A7S, A7ii, A6000, RX100iii, and 2x 4k action cams

I use Sony today. I have an A7S, A7ii, A6000, RX100iii, and 2x 4k action cams. Each have their uses, but mostly the A7S is what I go to first.


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I use a Canon XHA1 for most filming. I even did an instructional video for this camera called: "Learn the XHA1."


The Panasonic AF100 is my main camera(s) (we have 2), but I still love the GH3 too. And my Canon T2i. And sometimes when I'm lucky I shoot with the RED (One, Scarlet, and Epic).


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2, Canon 5D Mark III, with magic lantern and Cinematic Profiles, Already Filmed 2 Features with them.

david landau

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Sony F5 and the Sony F3 with Cooke and Zeiss lenses for dramatic narrative. But we also have the JVC GY 700 - its a great shoulder camera for doc and news and educational videos.

We just bought three Blackmagic HD studios cameras for a small Tv studio we are building. I would highly recommend AGAINST buying another Blackmagic. I have had nothing but terrible experiences with them.

1) We had three inexpensive Sony cameras in there and under the lights we put up they were shooting at a 4.5-5.6. Under the same lighting the Blackmagic cameras needs +12 DB gain. That's right, they have terrible sensitivity.

2) There seems to be absolutely no way to turn off the auto iris. We have been frustrated with these things for over a month now and there is nothing on the web or that Blackmagic puts out to help us. We set up the remote camera shading in the control room, but there are no F-stops on the iris control at all. Its just rolling up or down and guessing.

3) We bought zoom lenses that we were told by Blackmagic at their booth at last years CCW show in NYC would work with their camera. They work, but they won't zoom with the recommended handle controllers. In fact they were only manual zooms - something Blackmagic did not say. So we sent them back and asked Blackmagic for a list of servo zoom lenses that actually worked with their camera. They sent us their list of all two lenses! Both very short zooms.

4)Out of the box, two of the cameras the handle zoom/iris/record control that Blackmagic stated worked with their camera didn't. One camera it did. We had to download and install firmware updates. All three now work. Why did one work and the other two not?

5)Two of the cameras the peaking doesn't turn on no matter what we try and do and one of the cameras we can't turn off the peaking. So far no advice from Blackmagic on how to fix this problem.

6) Blackmagic has extremely bad customer support. When you talk to them they don't seem to know their own product and then switch you between people.

I will never buy anything from Blackmagic again.
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Based on all the answers here I guess I have a very unpopular option. I shoot with a Nikon D5200, not amazing but great for its class and price. Still trying to get the most cinematic look out of it I can.


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At the same time trying to upgrade later to something pricier. I don't see much love for Blackmagic. Could someone give me their opinion on the different uses for the BMPCC and the Sony a7s for example.

Jared Isham

My workhorse is a Canon, but if I have a bigger project I usually rent something and that ends up being either a RED, possibly an Arri