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Equipment: Caging Your Camera For Handheld Shooting

If you look at the camera market this past year, it’s hard to deny the influence high-quality mirrorless cameras have had on camera choice: Models like the Panasonic Lumix GH5, Sony a7R III, Canon EOS R and Nikon Z 6 and Z 7, as well as the Fujifilm X-T3, offer 4K shooting with high-quality images, removable lenses, professional features like LOG recording, DCI 4K, IBIS and a host of other tools. It’s no wonder cinema cameras that used to cost between $6,000 and $10,000 have been replaced by mirrorless models priced under $3,500.

But it’s not a perfect scenario. For example, if you’re coming from a professional video-camera/digital-cinema camera, you’re sure to notice missing features that you’d have taken for granted on larger, more professional cameras, including built-in ND filters, waveform displays, time code i/o, XLR audio connections and more.

There are other things I personally miss when shooting with a mirrorless camera, such as size and weight. The body on our Fujifilm X-T3 weighs a little over a pound. But even when you add a lens, it doesn’t really significantly affect the overall weight. Our Canon

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