So in a world with 4K, 6K, and even 8K cameras, why do we hold such a special place in our hearts for the Canon C300. Yet, it is 2019, where 4, 6 and 8K are becoming more and more prominent and we still love a camera that is over 5 years old.
A camera is a tool for the craft of filmmaking and videography. You can use a $50,000 dollar cinema camera or you can use a cinema camera at the fraction of that cost. The main difference between these two tools is the filmmakers behind them. Your experience and technique can carry you further in filmmaking than the price tag of your camera. Now that is an important lesson for those getting into this field, you may think that in order to get into production, especially as a cinematographer or doing corporate films that you need to advertise yourself as a RED or Arri owner. This is NOT the case, you can build up a body of work and let your skill shine for you. You can still get incredible image quality and production value out of the Canon C300 no matter the situation! I can be shooting outdoor nature footage, interview footage, or even in narrative production settings and still be incredibly pleased with how well this camera performs.
When it comes to creating a consistent workhorse cinema cameras, Canon, in my opinion takes the cake. Honestly this camera can take a beating, I’ve dropped it a few times (don’t try to drop it) this thing has taken dust storms to the face while we were filming in Africa, and after travelling all over the world with me, this camera still performs beautifully. The camera feels great in your hands and it can either be the perfect run ‘nd gun camera or if you want to fully deck out the camera with all the bells and whistles you can do that too. When I’m looking at a camera one of the most important things for me is the versatility.
Where this camera really shines is in documentary production. The 2019 Oscars just happened and I was incredibly pleased to see that the Canon C300 was used in parts of filming documentaries nominated at the Oscars. If you are the type of person that constantly questions whether your gear is good enough, all you need to say to yourself is, that it is good enough. If a camera that is over 5 years old is still used to this day for Oscar nominated films, then the lesson to take from all of this is to practice. Learn your camera in and out so that when you’re showing your work next to a camera you think is better (Like the RED Raven) that you won’t even be able to tell the difference. It is all a matter of choice and I think the most important lesson is to just keep learning.
So even if you are just starting out, or are a little bit more advanced in your filmmaking careers, you can really see that its much more important to keep learning in your craft no matter what gear is thrown your way. It’s super tempting to upgrade your gear at any chance you get but I think its more important to just create, and when you feel that you are ready to upgrade you should. For now, we will still stick with our beast of a camera, the Canon C300.Read More