I've been lurking for a while and have seen similar questions but not exactly the feedback I'm hoping to solicit. I'm transitioning over to the world of audio for film and I'm looking into a good sound kit. I have some funds and plan on building a good one over time, but I'm curious where you would recommend investing first if choosing between either a quality recorder or mics.
I come from a studio background and when we first built up our space we had a couple very nice microphones but our recorder wasn't great -- we compromised ease of capturing takes for having the takes be really good going in. When we finally got a good recorder it was a serious improvement to our workflow, and we already knew our mics really well. Should I take a similiar approach with my kit?
I'm looking at picking up a quality boom mic and rycote, some quality lavs and a wireless system...then maybe an h4n to start?
Or should I bite the bullet and get a really nice recorder up front, get some middle of the road mics and know the recorder inside and out?
If I'm working on a production I'd imagine if they desire higher quality than the zoom they'll be open to renting an SD 722 or something in lieu of me having one if I have quality mics to plug into it, right?
I don't want to buy twice, so I want to be smart up front in choosing where I sink my initial funds. Just based on my previous experience I'm leaning towards having quality mics that I know how to use and acquiring a great recorder and pre's later on, but I've never had to be on site capturing sound -- is a more reliable field recorder wiser?
What would you do? What did you do? Any and all feedback is deeply appreciated.