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First DSLR for filming

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Hey everyone,


I am looking for a DSLR for filming purposes. I have been recently watching reviews and video footages to see which is the best for me. Obviously a 5d mark II or III would be the best choice but unfrtunately I cannot afford it.


I have also checked the 60D which looks amazing because of the lcd screen which is adjustable but it has lower image quality, the 6D which also has a full frame sensor as the 5D. But the 60D is cheaper.


Which one do you suggest?


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I've used the 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, and T3i for professional productions. I've not used the 60D or 7D.  But, to start out, you can't go wrong with the T3i or T5i. The video is more than acceptable, and most viewers can't really tell the difference between the 5D Mark II and the T5i, not to mention the 60D. Now, the 5D Mark III is in another category altogether! The 5D Mark III is by far the best for DSLR video, but it's a little pricey for your first camera.


I would acquire the T5i (don't remember the non-US model number) and some good lenses. You can spend the difference between the T5i and 60D or 7D on some good non-S lenses that you can use as you upgrade bodies in the future. Spend your money on lenses first, then bodies.  Your lenses will serve you much longer than your bodies!


Once you know that a DSLR meets your shooting requirements (they're still-frame cameras first, and video cameras second), you can either sell your T5i or use it as a backup/second camera when you buy a 5D Mark III or other Canon DSLR. Keep in mind that there are major limitations with all DSLRs when it comes to video, and make sure you can live with those limitations.


The major benefit for video of the T5i is the fold-out LCD screen. You will be shooting from different angles (high or low), and you can adjust the screen to compose your shot. Otherwise, you'll need an external monitor, rig, or other relatively expensive gear to adequately compose your shots.


A previous poster mentioned the Panasonic GH3, and that is a great camera for video, but the product line is not as broad or deep as Canon's. I think your decision to say with the Canon product line is good. Good luck in your shooting!


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I had thought of calling them but went with a local vendor because I could get the most value for my dollar and had done most of the homework on my own. The reason I recommended reviews is that honestly I didn't know what I was looking for. I have spent the last four months watching every tutorial on photography I could via training sites to get the nomenclature down, but still struggled with what features to focus on for video. I spent almost as much time researching everything about cameras and learned that no one camera is exactly perfect. So I got the camera that was as close to what I needed as possible. I love my 6D.

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The full-frame sensor in the 6D and 5D allow better wide-angle coverage, as there is no crop factor.  A 50mm lens on a crop-factor camera such as the 60D or 7D or T3i/T5i is equivalent to an 80mm lens on a full-frame camera. That's good if you want to zoom, bad if you want wide angle shots.  Also, the full-frame sensor gives you less depth of field for a given lens at a give aperture, so you can separate the focus point from the background.


The 5D Mark II provides good noise characteristics up to ISO 3200, the 5D Mark III looks good up to ISO 6400. Generally, the newer the camera, the better the noise-handling capability, as the manufacturers continue to improve low-noise capability. I think you could comfortably shoot with a T5i at 3200.  


My original recommendation, based on your situation and wanting your first DLSR for video, was the T5i.  It has better overall performance than the T3i in low light with a given lens and saves you lots of money.  So, my recommendation is the T5i with some good lenses. Buy some good lenses with your savings!  Good lenses on a mediocre body is better than bad lenses on a good body, and with lenses, you get what you pay for, and Canon lenses retain their value.


The flip-out screen is a great feature for your first DLSR. It gives you a lot of flexibility at a low cost. The 60D has a flipout screen but it is quite old now and I wouldn't recommend it, and the T5i is much better.


Here are some reputable vendor ballpark prices for bodies: 60D, $700; T5i, $850; 7D, $1300; 6D, $1900; 5DIII, $3300.


You can figure out your budget. Leave out the 60D.  The flip out screen is valuable for video and it's probably comparable in quality nowadays to the older 7D (same 1.6 crop factor APS-C sensor) but newer Digic processor---probably better in low light. The 6D is the middle ground. New sensor, full-frame, probably better overall image quality than T5i, but $1050 more!  Like I said, you may decide that shooting video with a DSLR is not for you after a while. I don't think you want to get  stuck with an expensive camera that doesn't meet your shooting needs. But you will definitely appreciate the fold-out LCD.


Hope this helps,





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Thank you very much guys, you are helping me a lot!!


I've been through some comparisons between the 700d and the 600d:


Turns out the 700d/t5i is better afterall as you said. So the 600D is now dropped out.


I live in the EU so the prices are a bit different here:


The 700D is only $813 but the 60D is $890! So having this in mind I'll definitely leave out the 60D HOWEVER all the comparisons and other forum users say that the 60d is way better than the 700D:


"With a 60d you'll get a better viewfinder, much better battery, top LCD, bigger buffer, better grip because its deeper, more UI options and customization, ISO increments in 1/3 stops, back dial..."


Now I don't actually get these things as I am a newbie... Do these things really make difference for a $80 plus?


The 6D costs more than my budget and the adjustable LCD is also missing so I think I'll leave that out for now.


So now I am struggling between the 700D and the 60D. However you said I should leave the 60D out other reviews say it's much better.


Again I am looking for a DSLR to shoot videos with. I would like a clean and sharp overall image quality (I know it really depends on my purposes but there must be an average image quality of these cameras).


My next question would obviously be: what lenses do you recommend me for both these cameras? I've read that the kit lenses are not that good so I would probably go with something else.


Again thank you guys for your efforts. You are helping me a lot!


I just ordered the T5i with 5 lens kit from Amazon

This DavisMAX Bundle Includes:
1- Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Brand New USA w/ All Supplied Manufacturer Accessories
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1- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II SLR Lens Brand New USA w/Supplied Manufacturer Accessories
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1- 16GB SDHC Class 10 Secure Digital High Speed Memory Card
1- 58mm 0.45x Wide Angle Lens w/ Pouch and Caps (Capture That View!)
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Hope this helps....RvMan56

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Do you think this is for real? It's a very good offer! And it's brand new.. 


The only problem is it cannot be shipped to my address 😞

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I'm sure it's for real, but probably not the best deal for you, given that you want to use the camera for video purposes. The 18-55 lens in an EOS-S lens which means that it works only on 60D, EOS-M, Rebel, and 7D cameras that use the APS-C sensor size. You cannot use that lens on any other full-frame body. That's not too bad, though, because when you sell the camera, most buyers of that body will want a lens, too.  


The telephoto zoom 75-300 is a nice lens for the price, but, like the 18-55, has a variable aperture, which means that it will be hampered in low-light situations. You can't use flash and typically don't use external lights when shooting unless you are doing a major production, which is quite expensive. So, you will wish you had lenses with better light-capturing ability, such as f2.8 or better. The 18-55 and 75-300 are OK for nicely illuminated day shots but are not acceptable in low light. Also, you may wish to create the creamy out-of-focus background for tight shots ("bokeh"), and both of these lenses will have some issues because they don't open very wide, especially at the longer focal lengths. For video or film, telephoto lenses and especially zoom lenses are not used that much, so the 75-300/f4-5.6 won't be that useful. It's great for photography though.


The tripod is important, but the one in that package is pretty weak, but probably OK for your purposes. The add-on wide angle lens will also reduce your low-light performance (probably) and probably also cause distortion. The flash is not useful for your video. The other stuff is not at all necessary for your video. It's OK for still photography, but limited usefulness for video.


For your video purposes, I would get the T5i body with the 18-55 kit lens for the best price with a warranty that Canon recognizes for your location. I would also get the Canon 50mm f1.4 USM lens for around $350. That's a great lens for the price and you won't need to upgrade it later. It will allow you to shoot in very low-light situations without increasing your ISO too much, which introduces digital noise. When you upgrade your T5i body in the future, you can sell the body with the kit lens and keep the 50mm f1.4 as your first quality lens. 


Find a cheap tripod for $50 or so, the Canon backpack (Deluxe Backpack 200 EG) for $40, two 64 GB Sandisk Class 10 SDXC Ultra Class 10 UHS-I cards at $55-$65, a second Canon battery at around $50 (don't get off-brand batteries, no matter how expensive), and you're in business.


Hope this helps.




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Thank you! Sure it helps.


What about the advantages of the 60D I quoted from another forum?

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"With a 60d you'll get a better viewfinder

    ---- you will use the flip-out LCD


 much better battery,

    --- true, that's why you get a second


 top LCD

   --- you will set the parameters from the flip-out and leave them alone for the scene. Much different than still photography.


bigger buffer

   --- useful for burst-mode photography, not at all useful for video.


better grip because its deeper

   --- trivial, you get used to whatever you have, and you will use a tripod much of the time.


more UI options and customization

   --- compare the "movie" capabilities between the two cameras, not features for still photos.


ISO increments in 1/3 stops

   --- half-stops are good enough.


 back dial..."

     --- OK for stills, not a big deal for video


Go to the Canon website.  Download the manual for both the T5i and the 60D.  Compare the "movie" chapters between the two cameras. I don't have either camera (I use 5D Mark III and Panasonic prof. video cameras), but you need to compare the movie capabilities (1080p/i, 720p, frame rate (24, 50, 60), max. shooting time per clip, audio adjustment, headphone jack, microphone jack).  When I acquired the 5D Mark III, I also compared the 1D-X for movie features. Although the 1D-X is a considerably better still camera, the 5D Mark III actually is better for video, sharing almost of the firmware features of the 1D-X.  That's why you need to compare the video features between your two potential cameras.


Note that the 60D was released in August, 2010, whereas the T5i was released in March, 2013. This is a massive amount of time in the digital camera world, with massive improvements in performance.  I'll take a T5i over a 60D any day.  

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Thank you!


I found a video made with the 700D:


Look at the parts: 0:26 0:32


At the darks parts it is very very noise or I don't even know what that is. Looks ugly!

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