ok so I am realy considering buying a canon 7D DSLR as my next camera. I have been against the thought of this for a long time but now I have changed. there are drawbacks to DSLR's but I think that they arnt that bad so I want to know why people still are against them. I want to know the reasons for not buying one.
Easy photo/ video switch
Bigger chip: short depth of field, low light performance
Interchangale lenses: win
cheaper: yes it is cheaper... I will explain
The dissadvantages which I am about to mention have a counter argument which I think make it worth making the switch... so why not?
Light, camera shake: it is very easy to build a shoulder mount or stedycam system which will make it much more stable than a regular un equiped dv cam.... and for next to nothing.
Bad sound: the 7D has a mic input which means I can get myself a splitter and mixer to have a mic.
Expensive..... sorry its not. To get the short depth of field wanted from a dv cam, you need to buy a 35mm adaptor.... this costs about 1000$ plus the lens, plus the rods. DSLR's come equiped with the look you will pay thousands to acheive. Its expensive if you consider all of the extra accessories you need to get to make it function like a dv cam but to make a dv cam function like in cinema or a DSLR, you are also going to spend a lot of money and no one seems to realise this. I can make rigs that will stabalise my DSLR but I cant make rigs that will get me the film look on my DV cam.
Follow focus: Im sorry but the way I focus my Panasonic DVC 30 is exactly the same as how I will focus my DSLR. no serious filmmaker uses auto focus very often so why complain. Once again followfocus rigs are easy to build for free.
Here are now the only cons I have found which are not counterable by homemade rigs or quick fixes. these, to me are the only factors which bring me away from the cameras.
Jello effect: this is caused by the way the images are digitalised in horizontal lines. Basically the top line in the frame is processed before the last line so there is a progressive lagg which creates a jello effect.
wait actualy thats the only drawback I found since everything else is fixable. for example the LCD viewer flare is fixable by buying a 100$ viewfinder adaptor. This is 100$ but its nothing compared to an adaptor kit with rods and lens.
So with this "in depth" look from me about the pros and cons, I want to know what I am missing. THis is not an attempt to show that Im smarter than you for getting a DSLR, far from it! I want to know if I am missing anything that could make me reconsider this important investment.
thanks for your time!