The Big Dopey Question - Which Camera?
Hi. I am an actor. And wow, do I ever need some help. I appreciate any assistance offered, and thanks in advance to all who respond. Hopefully this will make sense.
I have come to understand that if I want to undertake the challenges I desire that I am going to have to write, direct, produce, and probably shoot my own films. I am tech savvy, and I catch on quick. That stated, trying to make choice when it comes to a camera is daunting. I want to spend about $1000 smackers. Bells and whistles mean less to me than image quality.
Basically - and this is probably easier to write than to pull off - I want to be able to create things that look legit. Legit is good enough. A quality level that doesn't announce that the product is non-professional the moment you see it. I want to make movies that look like movies. I would like a camera that gets me as close to that as possible.
To better understand what I'm looking for, let me explain what I'm going to be doing creatively - I like films that are composed in a way that I guess would be described as "realism", and I would like to emulate that. The things I write focus on people and their stories. These people live in a complex and diverse environment, and that sense of place will be treated as a character in the story. I will need a camera that does well in natural and low light conditions, as many of these scenarios play out in the evening. Shadows are important. I want to avoid getting into a procedural ecosystem that is difficult to navigate or requires me to "rent" software. I pretty much think John Cassavetes set the standard when it comes to telling stories about people that create opportunities for amazing acting.
I have zero gear-ego. I don't mind getting something older that is tried and true, but not new. I also am ok spending a bit more for a substantial increase in essential functionality. Bundles are nice.
From my minimal understanding the Canon Ti6 and Ti7 seem to be decent cameras, and within my price range, that are widely used and offer a robust ecosystem and support. So I'm thinking about those. But... maybe that's a terrible idea. Again, depending on what you read or watch this or that camera is the best thing ever, or Satan.
I am wide open to any suggestions. Thank you very much for your help.