As a film student that is graduating soon, the 5D Mark IV seems like the perfect DSLR to get my photography/cinematography business started. I primarily plan on doing lifestyle, business and event work and need a diverse camera that can do all of the above well on both the photography and cinematography side.

The lens I'm looking to pair with the camera is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, which I consider to be a nice diverse focal range for what I'm doing.

I've been doing research for months now. I've looked at the Canon 7D Mark II, the Canon 5D Mark III and plenty of other mid-ranged DSLR's. For some reason I always find my way back to the 5D Mark IV.

I'm looking to find the right DSLR to get the job done, but for a good value. Your input would be greatly appreciated!

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    Please read Q&A is Hard, Let's Go Shopping to understand why this sort of question generally isn't a good fit for Stack Exchange. – Philip Kendall Jan 25 '18 at 11:23
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    If the 5DMkIV is perfect, why do you need an alternative? – inkista Jan 25 '18 at 11:25
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    5D Mk III, 6D (Mk II),... - what's wrong with them? – flolilo Jan 25 '18 at 11:37
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    I don't really see a question here. Need to be more explicit about the problem. Reading between the lines, I think you are unsure whether the Canon 7D Mark II or Canon 5D Mark III can "get the job done". What exactly are you unsure about with respect to those models? Also, "a good value" is entirely subjective. Nobody can help you with that consideration. – osullic Jan 25 '18 at 12:00
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    If you don't want to send it in for realignment every time it gets bumped a bit, you should probably consider the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II rather than the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L. The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC is better than the old Canon and includes optical stabilization. If you don't need f/2.8 the EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS is a more budget minded option that includes 0.7X MM for Macro usage. (Some folks consider anything with a 0.5X MM/1:2 reproduction ratio a macro lens, others insist that only 1.0X/1:1 are "true" macro lenses. The EF 24-70mm f/4 L falls directly between those two standards.) – Michael C Jan 25 '18 at 18:40

As a film student that is graduating soon, the 5D Mark IV seems like the perfect DSLR to get my photography/cinematography business started.

You don't need to buy a 5D Mark IV. What you need is a business plan that clearly lays out what you have and how you're going to use it to start making money. Who are your customers? How much can you reasonably charge? Whatever you charge, it should more than cover your costs, including equipment, your time, materials, etc. Use whatever equipment you do have, and rent what you need but don't have. If you can make money working this way, then you'll reach a point where it makes more sense to buy the equipment you use most often than it does to rent it, because a) you have enough money saved to buy, and b) owning will reduce your costs and therefore increase your profit.

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    +1 - and I want to put even more emphasis on rent before you buy. You (op) think you need a 5Dmk4 - but it sounds like you've never used it. Rent to test it out on your own projects, and rent again for your first few gigs. Only once you've honed in on your exact requirements should you buy. – Hueco Jan 25 '18 at 16:14

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