Hi let me put it this way, I cannot compare C4D with E3D, cinema is 3d software and element is only 3d tool inside after effects so I cannot say that I prefer element over cinema cuz those two are not comparable…
for my 3d work I use 3dsmax, cinema 4d and maya depend what result I want to achive and on what I m working on.
For motion graphics and for the market I mainly use lement for multiple reasons:
It is making life easier when working on motion graphics that doesnt require advanced options that a 3d software provides.
The buyer has all the options to change what he wants, to play around with camera to add or remove stuff to make their own unique scenes and on the other hand for beginners its super easy to customize the items.
( You cant provide that to the buyer with prerenders )
So if I look at the e3d as a tool to make more out of after effects for digital market items than I can say I do prefer it
But for big projects, productions and custom videos I prefer the 3d software plus after effects for post prosduction and da vinci for color correction.