Like everyone else we are very excited with the Digital SLR Filmmaking like Canon 5D mark II. Coupled with the L lenses and Tilt Shift Lenses, it open us to a new World of Filmmaking 'Through The Lens' style.
In the past, we used Film lenses Adapter (AKA D.O.F. Depth Of Field Adapter) and played with brands like P+S Technik Mini35, SG Pro, Letus Extreme, Brevis 35. Coupled that with Video cameras, it gives you a new Blend of Film-like Effect which has much shallower depth and a range of lenses to create the effect and look needed.
Just about two years ago, we still using both Format, that has kept us happy with out Visual quality.
A great camera to couple with the Film Lens Adapter will be Panasonic HMC152 because of its SD CArd Aquisition, size and weight. It also have the same dynamic range, colour, look & feel as the Trusty DVX & HVX
BUT with technology progressive in a flash, 1.5 years ago, like many, we migrated to DSLR Compact HD camera like 5D mark 2.It offers unparrellel image quality and look which is not possible with SHoulder mount camera. And with the introduction of Scarlet, 5D Mark 3, and even Epic, we are set for a whole new way of filmmaking without huge ENG type cameras.