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I'm a DP working out of Central America and most of my work is high-end commercials in the region. I do some eventual documentaries, music videos, short films, etc, but my bread and butter is commercial work. So far, I've been renting gear out and mostly shooting on Arri Alexa Plus and RED Epic MX. I do not own any important personal gear. There are a couple of jobs coming up and I have the opportunity to invest about $20k on a camera package. 50% of the investment would be paid off within the next 2-3 months. So far, I've been thinking about purchasing a used Arri AMIRA. I like the
What's everyone's thoughts on consigning a camera at a reputable camera house? I'm considering purchasing for the first time and I want to hear your experiences with it: the good, the bad and the ugly. I have a good relationship at this place and I've been chatting with a trusted rental agent (and friend) for a few weeks as we've looked at the data: it seems like cameras will generally pay themselves off in about 2-3 years, including a standard 50/50 profit split. Is this a wise way to pay off a large investment? Thanks in advance, appreciate you all.
Hey Guys, I'm an aspiring cinematographer and I am wondering how best to spend my money to invest in this field. At first, I was dead sent on buying on new camera (looking at the A7s II or the Ursa Mini); however, I have now begun to consider investing in lighting equipment, and opting to rent a camera whenever the need arises. Basically I'm torn: For $3,000 I could buy just a camera body, or I could get an Arri lighting package (x2 150w, 300w, 650w, 1k) and two 4' 2-bank kino lights w/ ballasts off of Ebay. My questions are: Can anyone provide insight into what would be the best and mo