I've heard people in other threads talking about how they don't care about video functionality. I don't get it. How can someone love making images and completely dismiss motion pictures?
I do both and it only seems natural that if you like one you would like the other. I just can't wrap my head around it only wanting one. I can understand people having a preference, but to buy a $3000 body an never shoot video on it? Really?
In my opinion these cameras are set when it comes to photo features. They don't need to get any better than they already are. With maybe one exception, AF speed/accuracy during liveview. It's video features that are far behind where they should be and that should be the main focus right now of these camera manufacturers.
I actually bought my Canon 5D3 (my first DSLR) primarily FOR video originally.
I'd been cast in a short, comedic sketch down here in New Orleans...set in a bar, and was a pro shoot...caterer, lighting crew, sound crew..etc.
I saw they were shooting the thing with what appeared to be a regular "camera"...I asked about it, and it was the 5D2.
I was very intrigued, and started looking into this..found out how it was popular to use it, "low cost" way to get really great filmic looks, with DOF....etc.
I've not really taken any pics much in decades. Way back in HS and College, I had a Nikon FA black body film camera and played with that, but after College, I just never really picked up a camera again. I had the phone and a small P&S that I rarely used.
But I got excited the more I read, researched (See my early posts on here for what I was picking brains for)...and saved my money. I'd found the 5D3 was coming out soon, so I actually waited about 6 more mos and got that after it had been out about a month I think.
And so, there began my journey with DSLRs...and I did start out with doing mostly video. Learning how to edit, started with iMovie...moved to FCPX...learning how to use Davinci Resolve Lite...and now, I'm moving into the Adobe CS6 Production Suite of products.
I LOVE video...I actually find it to be easier to do than stills, as far as getting a "story" going...I actually love the editing process.
However, along the way, I've fallen in love with still photography too!! I really am enjoying this too...especially portraiture. I've been watching (and bought some) of the Creative Live sessions, and learning posing, etc.
I've taken some products shots for a lady selling handmade wedding bouquets...and at that same shoot had access to a couple of young lady models dressed in wedding gowns to shoot with them...
After that session..one young lady did other modelling for me in exchange for shots.
So..I'm building my portfolio with that.
I just got word that I've been accepted to be on the event photographer staff for VooDoo Fest here in New Orleans first of next month:http://worshipthemusic.com/
I'll be there with credentials, backstage access...shooting the likes of Pearl Jam, NIN...etc.
So, it has been a great journey, and while I still love video....I'm enjoying shooting stills JUST as much.
And I hope some day to get some slight mastery of PhotoShop...before I croak.
The 5D3 is a fantastic camera...and I can't wait for Magic Lantern to get the firmware for the 5D3 a little safer and out of Alpha...so I can try to really stretch things with RAW video.
But everyone has their priorities and their love of what they do...personally, I'm wringing every bit of use and fun out of my purchase.
And hell, hope some day, to actually maybe make a little extra $$ off of...at least enough to help pay for my newly acquired lens addiction