Nearly four years ago the DSLR filmmaking world was ignited with Vincet Laforet’s 5D Mark II video “Reverie.” Since then, filmmakers have long-awaited the 5D Mark III. Now that it’s here, the question on everyone’s lips is: should I buy it? Here’s my answer.
Since this is an internationally read blog, I want to make sure people really get this. So here’s my answer in Spanish.
And just in case you happen to be in France or Eastern Canada, here’s my answer in French.
(I bet you had no idea I was trilingual, did you? Yes, I have many talents. If you speak any other language, uh, well, just hit Google translate.)
Okay, so now you may ask, “But why not Ron?”
That’s an excellent question. Here are my three easy reasons.
- It’s Brand New. I never think it’s a good idea to make a major investment in a piece of equipment or software that is brand spanking new. It just isn’t. Technology is a quirky thing. It comes with bugs and hiccups that you don’t want to discover in the middle of some important job. There will always be early adopters out there who will wait in the 12 hour line to be one of the first to get some piece of technology. Let them be the guinea pigs and work the kinks out. But if this is for your business, and if this would constitute a “major” purchase for you, don’t spend the money.
- NAB Is Around the Corner. Buying the 5D3 right now would be like buying stock in a company the day before a major earnings announcement (which I’m not even sure technically you can do. But you get my point). Why in the world would you invest in this camera for filmmaking purposes when the biggest event of the year for announcing new and exciting filmmaking gear is only a few weeks away? It’s silly and borders on irresponsible if this is a major purchase for you.
- Better Cinema Options in this Price Range. When the 5D2 came out, to get an image from a professional video camera that looked anywhere close to it, you’d have to spend nearly twice as much on gear available at the time. Now, if you’re going to shell out $3500US for a cinema camera, spend only 50% more and invest in something like the Sony FS100.
I’m not going to do a review of the camera because I haven’t tested it. Besides, there are a gajillion other reviews out there by talented filmmakers. (Again, Google would be great here.) But even without having tried it, I know that buying it now would just be dumb (IMHO).
What say you?