>We usually shoot with the Sony PMW-EX1R XDCAM EX. Its usually >as a 'B' Camera to the main camera (ARI ALEXA etc). > >I don't disagree with anything you've posted ... but I do hope >that a DSLR on a tripod, or steadycam rig will shoot nice >video that surpasses the consumer $1500 - $3000 video camera.
Well, I'd suspect it would if for no other reason than the glass. Putting something like a Nanoflash on it should get you reasonably clean plates.
>As a VFX supervisor we shoot HDR environmental reference and >it'd be great to be able to shoot some nice plates in HD as >well.
If you've shot DSLR video, your undoubtedly aware at how poor the video has been. The resolution is terrible compared to even a mid-priced camcorder. Is there no way you could be looking at something like a Sony FS100 or something of that ilk?
To be honest, we've mostly shot the 5D on rails (RedRock Micro), on my Fig Rig, or on dolly. We have used a steadicam but the rig was so light, the steadicam springs couldn't cope. It needed another 10 pounds of weight!
Those rigwheels look Fantastic! I jumped out of filmmaking about 18 months ago to get this photography business going. The producer of the last two films just called for a meeting with me this month to plan the next film, so I know I've got something coming up. I need to catch up on all the stuff I've missed. I let my American Cinematographer go during this time period as well so I've been WAY out of the loop.
> >___________________________________________________________ > >Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - > A. Einstein