My Evolution of Cameras for Filmmaking

By May 19, 2015#Film

I was thinking today about why I’m writing more about filmmaking. Like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t consider myself an expert, but there are number of things I’ve learned in the last few years that might be helpful to someone out there. Much of my experience has happened within the context of the non-profit/faith-based world. Many non-profits have utility players like me who are asked to oversee video, graphic design, social media all at once and might find my journey helpful in their sphere.

There have been others who have generously made their own journeys public and who greatly helped me along the way. Guys like Dave Dugdale ( and sites like Still Motion Blog ( have invested in my filmmaking journey and I hope to also offer what I can.

So here is a brief overview of my evolution of cameras for filmmaking. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I started with a Canon Elura 85 mini-dv camera, and had access to a really nice Sony HDV camera that helped open up the world of HD. The Canon t2i really transformed everything though. Granted there are a ton of great brands out there that make great cameras. I’ve always been a sucker for Canon mostly because my wife and I really enjoy photography as well. The Canon t2i let us embrace both passions at the same time. We put the t2i to work putting together video announcements for church as seen in the video above.

As Canon updated their consumer DSLRs we waited until the t4i to upgrade. We created a number of videos with the t4i before I moved into a new job with a budget that allowed for an upgrade to a 5D Mark III which is where we sit today. I currently work for two departments, so I also have access to a 6D which is a legit prosumer full frame option.

There’s a progression that comes with time and experience. Consider upgrading the same as graduating.

It made no sense for me to jump right into the 5D Mark III. I had to go through the school of the Elura 85 to cultivate my passion for filming. I went through the school of t2i to understand settings, and I went through the school of t4i to work on manual focus and sound recording. I see each new camera as a new skill level and I hope to graduate soon to a 4K camera with wide dynamic range.

Embrace the level you’re at and master the ins and outs of the camera you have. Build your base, concentrate on the basics, and graduate when experience and money allow for it.

Author Matt

I'm a husband, father, leader, and geek whose time is wrapped up in faith, family, film, and travel. I guess I'm a little like the equivalent of a utility player in baseball. I'm happy with not being the best at something as long as I'm always trying to get better.

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