A videographer decided to compare “two extremes” of the camera world. Intended purely as a fun experiment and not a serious competition, he pitted the new iPhone 11 Pro against a fully loaded URSA Broadcast camera with a Fujinon UA107 lens, a setup that totals over $250,000.
The experiment comes courtesy of a filmmaker called Thibaud, more commonly known by his YouTube channel, Zebra Zone. He assembled the following gear for the test:
- BlackMagic Ursa Broadcast Camera: $3,000
- Fujinon UA107 Box Lens: $212,000
- Tripod and Fluid Head: $20,000
- Remote Control Handles: $9,000
- Camera-to-Lens Adapter: $7,000
- Monitor: $1,800
- Fiberoptic Transmission Module: $3,000
Thibaud came up with the idea for the video after seeing endless comments regarding mobile phones replacing professional camera gear. He decided it’d be funny to assemble the most extravagant combination of gear possible in order to try and obliterate the new iPhone.
His conclusion is that while the advancement of the iPhone is undeniable, a paying client expects so much more — in terms of reliability and consistency, if nothing else. With professional equipment, a photographer is better equipped for situations that weren’t anticipated, such as having to shoot from farther away or in lower lighting than planned.
Despite the lighthearted nature of the video, his finishing statement details exactly why good gear is as expensive as it is and how important it is to an evolving business.