You’re familiar with the line. Uttered by Bill Duke’s sardonic detective in the 1992 hood classic Menace II Society.
“You know you done fucked up, right?”
Or perhaps I should use a variation on a popular Dave Chappelle line: “They never should’ve gave you niggas cameras!”
I finally got my hands on the Canon EOS C100. Sure, it’s the Mark I and not the Mark II, but honestly, that’s OK. I feel like the Mark II’s extra features would have served as crutches for me to fall back on. Having the older, less snazzy Mark I will force me to learn how to use the camera in creative ways. It won’t give me the opportunity to be lazy. I’m good with that.
I’d been mulling over getting a new camera for some time now. While I’m still having fun with my EOS Rebel SL2, I started to think that it was perhaps time to upgrade, especially since I have grand designs on upping my filmmaking and videography game.
At first, I was thinking of getting another DSLR, perhaps the Canon EOS 90D. It’s still fairly new and it has a lot of cool features that I thought would be useful.
Then I wondered if it would make sense to get the 80D, the 90D’s predecessor. The 80D is a workhorse, loved by many, and it would be less expensive than the 90D — even more so if I got it used or refurbished.
When Canon announced the imminent arrival of the EOS Rebel T8i, however, I immediately became enamored.
Why? I dunno.
Judging by its specs, the T8i certainly didn’t seem to be on the level of the 90D. But it was very much less expensive and it was good enough.
And then I ultimately wondered if I was simply suffering from G.A.S., or “gear acquisition syndrome.” My SL2 is enough for what I’m currently doing. Did I really need a new camera at all?
Yet, in thinking about my grand plans for the future, I decided that I did indeed need a new camera. And in my continuing research, I stumbled across Canon’s line of cinema cameras, namely the C100.
Every review of the C100 I read was overwhelmingly positive, despite the fact that the camera is TK years old and doesn’t shoot 4K.
To be honest, 4K has never been a requirement for me. I mean, I get it, but I’m just not 4K-crazy like a lot of cats are. And while other models have subsequently been released, such as the C200, C300, and C500, most heads really seem to vibe with the C100.
So I looked into it. I investigated. I troweled the internet to find out as much as I could about the little guy of the Canon cinema line. And you know something? I liked what I found out.
Everything appealed to me, from its apparent ease of use to its form factor to the quality of its images. Oh, and the price? Well, since it is an older model, it has gone down significantly in price. Brand new, the Mark II version retails for around $2700.
Thank goodness for eBay, and thank double goodness for sellers who offer a Buy It Now option. Ain’t nobody got time to be posting bids and shit.
So, less than a week after I Bought It Now, I have my beautiful C100 in my hands.
I name all of my cameras, and I’ve settled on Stella for this one, named for Stella Meghie, the director of the romantic drama The Photograph. In my opinion, The Photograph is a beautiful film and I aspire to make work that is just as beautiful and touching and resonant.
So cheers to my new camera Stella! 🥂 I know we’re gonna make some great shit together.