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Old 09-19-2017, 09:30 PM   #1
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rent a camera?

Im working on my first feature film. My old camera is crashed. Cant afford a camera thats good enough in my opinion. Any luck with these companies that offer to rent camera?
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:34 PM   #2
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Yeah I rented a camera for one of my shoots. I have no regrets!
Do it
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:43 PM   #3
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Yup, we rented a camera for my 2nd feature.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:47 PM   #4
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Renting is very common, even (especially) on the big-budget stuff. Not sure what Chattanooga has locally, but you're within a couple hours in a few directions of places that have good rentals.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:03 AM   #5
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Great. Im looking at a Canon XF105 or a couple other possibilities. Feel free to offer suggestions..... Best of luck everyone on your projects.
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:46 AM   #6
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XF105 is an interesting choice for a feature. When I read your original post, I thought you'd be renting something a bit... bigger. Like RED, or Alexa, or even a Canon Cinema series.

Just curious... what made you come up with the XF105?

And I see you changed your location. Not in Chattanooga anymore?
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:52 AM   #7
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If it makes sense for your budget, go for it. Many places offer x day weeks, meaning, you keep it a week, you pay for only x days. Make sure it is insured, for prosumer level I'd assume it's included or available at checkout. Make sure they have backups readily available in case you need to swap, make sure it has been tested by them since the last checkout, and do a camera and battery test before the shoot. Get extra batteries if avail, and also make sure the rental house is available in case you have issues.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:47 AM   #8
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I personally think you'd be better off with a DSLR for a feature than the Canon XF105. Seems like it's more suited for event work, even if it has a better dog and pony show. A DLSR will let you be more creative with your shots due to the control you'll have over the image and focus. And definitely follow IT's advice

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The other glaringly obvious solution is, hire a DP with a kit (camera and accessories needed).
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:37 PM   #10
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I personally think you'd be better off with a DSLR for a feature than the Canon XF105.
That's kinda the direction I was heading, but wanted to hear from him first what prompted him to choose the camcorder.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:17 PM   #11
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I think he's looking online. https://www.lensrentals.com/search?q=Canon+XF105

I have no experience with online rentals, I would look local.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:18 PM   #12
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I was looking online. And I will be blunt honest. I am stupid when it comes to cameras. The guy that wants to rent me the camera says thats a good camera for the film I am making. But thats why I ask for suggestions. And to get a camera guy thats set up is beyond my budget i believe. I priced a couple in the 1000 per day neighborhood. Im still looking at options for rental.......
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:40 PM   #13
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Don't worry man we'll guide you. Don't rule out getting a DP, if you have a super low budget, you may even find a DP that wants projects for his reel (as in work for free) up to low budget where you can find someone for a reasonable rate. I mean, why rent a camera when you can have an operator with it right? It's all in your networking skills and how good of a project this is.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:43 PM   #14
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Heres a good question. I havent filmed anything since vcrs were popular. Whats dslr?
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:53 PM   #15
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BTW MY CURRENT CAM THAT CRASHED IS THE
JVC GY-HM200U 4KCAM Which I really loved. Thought about just getting another one of those.
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