What are you using for ENG now? What would you get out of the new stuff?
Right now I have a 5D3 and EF lenses (16-35, 24-105, 70-200 2.8, 2x teleconverter, 28 2.8 IS, 35 f/2.0 IS, 50 1.4, 100 2.8 macro), EOS-M with adapter, and 60D, Tokina 50-135 2.8, Tokina 11-16) and a bunch of other gear (audio, tripods , etc).
I do some event coverage, and documentaries. I want to do more of this. I have been thinking of the C100, at least my lenses would be useful. But I'd also like to have something all-in-one, quick to grab, with a GP all around lens. Thinking of the XA20 or XF200, or maybe even just a little Panasonic camcorder. Not sure what to do. C300 is too much $. Don't know much about the new Panasonic GH4 (with the audio add-on) but I suspect this cam is over-hyped.
What do you think?
My 'bread and butter' camera is a Panasonic 2700(P2 VariCam) w/Fuji HA13x4.5. I bought the C300 mainly just for sit-down interviews and 'artsy b-roll' for feature pieces, but I do work on one show that specifies the C300 as THE camera(The bulk of that show should really be shot with a "real ENG" camera, but a lens like the 17-120 would help).
I've never shot extensively with a 5 for video
. I have two mkII's and a mkIII, but I bought them for stills. But I have used my mkIII a few times for a third or fourth angle/lock-off. We've all seen the beautiful images that can be made with it, but I couldn't imagine trying to cover an event with one. I look at them primarily as a still cam, but if I look at it in the video sense, it should be more of a specialty camera (interviews, specialty shots/b-roll) not a general ENG camera substitute. You would be much better served with a true camcorder, like the XF200 you mentioned. The ergonomics would be MUCH better and the smaller sensor would help, too. A large sensor when trying to cover an event ENG style can be a hinderance. Wide aperture lenses wide open with a large sensor equals SHALLOW depth of field which can also equal frustration and missed/blown focus when you really need it.