Originally Posted by jogiba
I would say 2nd most versatile FF DSLR camera for shooting video after the 4K Canon 1D C . A true cinema camera does not use an OVF that is blank when recording video and has settings for cinema use.
True cinema cameras do not shoot 8-bit color either. I'd say 14-bit color RAW vs 8-bit compressed color is much more important than the OVF. You can get a nice EVF or even buy an Odyssey 7 with the 5D3 and still cost far far less than the 1DC even if you throw in a Black Magic 4k Production camera with Global shutter in the mix. lol. You can own a 5D3, a BlackMagic Production Camera and a Black Magic Cinema Camera with speedbooster for the less than the 1DC.
Just a list of things why I feel the 5D3 is a more versatile cinema camera than the 1DC.
5D3 shoots RAW 14-Bit Video. 1DC does not. 1DC shoots 8-bit color and compressed. You can't push 8-bit very far in post color grading without the image falling apart (ie; banding and such).
5D3 shoots HDR video when needed. 1DC does not.
5D3 shoots Dual ISO for 14 stop dynamic range (same as an Alexa) when needed. 1DC does not.
5D3 shoots low frame rates down to 1fps. 1DC does not. I have found this VERY VERY useful as I am a creative artist. The low frame rates are perfect for realistic super speed, because it gives a true motion blur, whereas sped up video does not, which is why it looks like sped up video. Low frame rates also allow you to achieve the Evil Dead first person camera flying through space quickly, the Stir of Echoes/House on Haunted Hill and The Ring jerky ghost movements as well as other creative effects. Not only that, but these low frame rates can be done at much higher resolutions and are far better in low light.
5D3 shoots RAW slow-mo. 1DC Does not.
5D3 has focus peaking. 1DC does not. IMO, this beats the OVF alone. Focus peaking is fantastic.
5D3 has false color. 1DC does not.
5D3 has an expose to the right RGB histogram that tells you how many stops you can expose to the right before clipping as well as auto expose to the right. It also tells you which channels are clipping. 1DC does not.
5D3 you can adjust white balance in post. 1DC you cannot.
5D3 you can adjust exposure in post. 1DC you cannot.
5D3 has 3x lens crop turning your lens into two lenses. 1DC does not. A Rokinon 24mm F1.4 cine lens with declicked aperture turns into a 72mm F1.4, the 35mm F1.4 turns into a 105mm F1.4 and the 85mm F1.4 turns into a 255mm F1.4. Saving one tons of money on fast great cine lenses.
5D3 has a 10x windowed zoom feature for focusing. 1DC does not.
The 1DC is a great camera, but it's way overpriced for the features it has and the features it lacks. It's claim to fame is the 4K resolution and great low light. 4k is overrrated, imo. Nearly EVERY delivery medium ends up back down to 1080p, and the 5D3 shooting RAW is neck and neck with the Red Scarlet there. If I were going 4k I would be going with the $3,995 Black Magic Production Camera that shoots 12-bit RAW with Global Shutter, not the 1DC.