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Which video setup - 5D Mark II or Mark III?

So, I'm planning on either buying a completely new video setup this summer (well, after the summer once I have earned the money that I need), and I can't decide whether to buy a 5D II or III. I might even keep my GH2. But basically, I cannot afford to spend more than $10,000 (I'd like to spend way, way less actually). If I get the 5D III, I need to sacrifice the L series glass that I was going to buy for the camera and get medium quality Canon lenses. If I get the Mark II, I'd be getting three L lenses instead of just one. Here's my theoretical setup for the Mark II and III - which do you think would be the better choice? Version 1 (for use with 5DII) Canon 5D Mark II (used) - $1,750 5D Mark II Battery Grip - $100 Z-Finder Pro 2.5x - $375 5D Battery - $60 SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB CF - $329 Pelican 1400 Case for 5DII - $72 Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L (used) - $1,300 Canon 50mm f/1.2L (used) - $1,325 Canon 85mm f/1.2L (used) - $1,600 Pelican 1510 - $165 (x2) B+W 72mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 85mm, 50mm - $100 B+W 77mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 24-70mm - $70 Filter Pouch - $10 Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Tripod - $190 Ikan VH7e 7” Monitor - $370 Sony L-Series Battery - $105 Ikan Mini-HDMI-HDMI Cable - $25 Sunhood for VH7e - $25 Konova Slider w/ Manfrotto 701HDV - $527 500GB HD - $80 (x6) Manfrotto 357 Pro QRs - $300 Gini Rig w/ iFocus - $600 Lighting - $500 Miscellaneous DIY Stuff - $100 TOTAL: $10,078 Version 2 (for use with 5DIII) Canon 5D Mark III - $3,300 5D Mark III Battery Grip - $350 Z-Finder Pro 2.5x (for 3.2” screens) - $400 5D Battery - $60 SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB CF - $329 Pelican 1400 Case for 5DIII - $72 Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L (used) - $1,300 Canon 50mm f/1.4 (used) - $330 50mm Lens Hood- $17 Canon 85mm f/1.8 (used) - $350 85mm Lens Hood - $15 Pelican 1510 - $165 (x2) B+W 58mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 50mm and 85mm - $54 B+W 77mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 24-70mm - $70 Filter Pouch - $10 Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Tripod - $190 Ikan VH7e 7” Monitor - $370 Sony L-Series Battery - $105 Ikan Mini-HDMI-HDMI Cable - $25 Sunhood for VH7e - $25 Konova Slider w/ Manfrotto 701HDV - $527 500GB HD - $80 (x6) Manfrotto 357 Pro QRs - $300 Gini Rig w/ iFocus - $600 Lighting - $500 Miscellaneous DIY Stuff - $100 TOTAL: $9,644 You bring up a very good point! But the whole reason of this setup is to have a COMPLETE setup - not just a camera. Sure, I could go buy a RED Scarlet for $10,000, but I couldn't use it because I'd still need to pour another $15k in before I had a usable setup. For the $10,000, I need an entire setup - camera, variety of lenses, tripod, rigs, lighting, audio, etc. I was looking at the Sony FS-100, but I really don't know if over $5,000 invested in the camera itself would be best for me... I know DSLRs are not 100% preferable, but for me at least, with the quality they give, I think they're the best bang for my buck. In addition to everything, I'd like my film camera to also be good at taking stills, which 5Ds are completely capable of doing. I can't afford to have a still photography setup and a film setup - I need it to be all in one!

Asked By: - 5/28/2012
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Shooting video using a still dSLR with a video feature... More
Answered By: fhotoace - 5/28/2012
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If you're mostly doing video, totally get the 5d2. The bing advantages of the Mark III are in its autofocus capabilities, so I'd say stick with the 5d2 and get awesome glass... More
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Answered By: Nathan W - 5/30/2012
 
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