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Rdwagner2Here are my favorite cameras to shoot with under 15k
Fs7 - 4k 10bit 422 60p, 1080p 180, external recording options in prores and raw, e moutn can me adapted for a very wide range of lenes, wide DR at 15 stops with s log 3 $8000
Rdwagner2I was just giving prices of camera bodies. Not to get the camera kitted and ready to shoot. The fs7 is more like 10 to 12k when you add media, batteries and lens adapter.
goodiepocketAs for FS7 vs FS700, that is definitely what a lot of people are asking...especially with the price drop of the FS700. Sony has been putting a lot of effort to say the FS7 isn't replacing the FS700..although it sure as hell comes close. For example you mentioned the higher frame rates of the 700 and although the FS7 doesn't have as high of frame rates, it can shoot a constant 180fps vs in a short burst.
goodiepocketI would put it in this order: FS700-FS7-F5-F55 (a lot of F5 and even F55 owners are frustrated with the introduction of the FS7, but those two cameras still offer minute differences that make a huge difference to those who need them.
The FS7, IMO, is a camera that is built to expand and become more of a 'professional' production camera. One of my favorite aspects of the camera is the ability to shoot to ProRes in camera (obv with the extension pack). I could go on and on...
It may ultimately (and I feel like this is as common of an answer as going to the dentist and being told you need to floss more), simply come down to budget. As mentioned, an FS7 kit is going to cost you close to 10-12k. An FS700 is going to cost you half that (media is cheaper, batteries are cheaper etc).
Hope this helps