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Turab Shah
FS5 Documentary kit list advice
on Jan 19, 2019 at 1:04:12 pm


I'm looking for some advice regarding kit I should purchase for an upcoming observational documentary shoot. I usually use a cameraperson for my shoots, so don't have to worry about kit, but this time I'll be shooting myself - so any advice on things I could add to my kit would be much appreciated.

What I have:
Sony FS5
2 Batteries
4 Memory cards
Sony E PZ 18-105mm
Samyang primes
Swedish Chameleon rig
Sachtler Ace tripod
sennheiser 416 with boom pole
sennheiser g3 radio mic

The 3-week shoot will be taking place in a bright location. I'm wondering if I should get a better display monitor? My budget is between £1000 - £1500 for everything. The other things I'm considering are an extra radio mic, on-camera mic and a gimbal (Ronin S?). With my limited budget, what would you suggest I prioritise?

I look forward to hearing your suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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Blaise Douros
Re: FS5 Documentary kit list advice
on Jan 22, 2019 at 5:58:43 pm

Consider the second mike, and also the K1M or K2M XLR add-on which will allow you to have four XLR inputs (shotgun mike plus two lavs). Forget the gimbal. As a solo shooter, you will kill yourself trying to carry that kind of weight all day. Plan on leaving your prime lenses, and bringing the zoom.

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