Sure, there’s no shortage of high end cameras that are capable of producing truly exceptional quality videos. Most DSLR cameras have advanced image processor, lens and sensor technologies such as Canon’s DIGIC 5+ that make them the most effective options for doing creative cinematic work with video. But if you’re looking to create a professional quality movie, Canon’s EOS 6D or Panasonic’s GH4 or GH2 are better choices. You can even use older cameras such as the Epson MZ-D80 and Epson MZ-D120 that allow you to take full control over your image quality by selecting different settings, like white balance, black and contrast or sharpening. The GH4 and GH2 come with built in ND filters too.
What cameras can I buy that will allow me to shoot on a wide variety of film stocks ?
Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult (and expensive) to access all of the most creative and premium film stocks. However, the following films can be shot on some of the more expensive film stock options.
Lomography’s EOS C300 ($250). This premium stock is a high quality 100mm f/4 film stock. It has a very clean grain and is very sharp. This is a great option if you want a high quality film stock.
Sony’s EOS 7D ($360) is another premium film stock that offers excellent sharpening and detail. This film stock has only very minor grain and is well sharpened. There is a fine grain that is slightly noticeable but nothing that is objectionable to the visual experience. You should be fine with this movie stock for creating movies or shooting wedding images.
Sony’s EOS 60D ($500) and the EOS 70D ($700) are also premium films that offer a large selection of high quality stock images. These both have an ultra high contrast processing mode that works extremely well to boost contrast and contrast-sensitive content to high ISO and resolution.
Canon’s C300 ($250) is another excellent film stock that allows you to use high ISO image processing. It has a good contrast and contrast-sensitive capability to boost the perceived sharpness of the content. Canon’s EOS 7D ($360) doesn’t quite manage to be as sharp at high ISOs like its C300 sibling. Other film stocks that offer high ISO image processing include Sony’s EOS 7D, Kodak Black and White, Fuji X-Pro2 and Kodak Portra 250.