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Tony Connoly
What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 8, 2010 at 2:21:28 am

I've got a D90 (D7000 on the way) and was wondering what piece of equipment I should get or make first amongs these:

Viewfinder magnifier
Follow focus
Fluid head
Steadicam
Something to attach rig to shoulder
Neutral density filter
Matt box
Rails
Something else?

I've already got a good photo tripod, a ball head, a tiny tripod (resembles a hi hat), Premiere Pro CS5 and lots of quality prime lenses and a couple of zooms.

I shoot mainly family gatherings and trips and nature scenes. Would love to do street scenes if the right support existed. Cost is a major concern.


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Noah Kadner
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 8, 2010 at 6:12:10 am

I'd get the viewfinder mag and an ND filter or two.

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Phil Balsdon
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 8, 2010 at 7:53:55 am

Changed the order to a more preferred or essential list (IMHO)

Viewfinder magnifier
Fluid head (ball head no good for video)
Neutral density filter (Fader ND is excellent idea)
External LCD (easier to focus & frame than camera LCD viewfinder)
Sound equipment, start with decent mic into camera and improve upon as you go.

Matt box & Rails
Something to attach rig to shoulder
Follow focus

Steadicam (you'll need to practice a lot to become competent) If you want to do small moves consider a slider instead.

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He is a stills guy originally and this workshop was aimed at stills shooters. Well worth the money and you'll learn a lot quickly.

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Norman Pogson
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:12:04 am

Polarizing filter is still useful and a monopod.

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Tony Connoly
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:28:39 am

Thank you all for taking the time to reply!

Viewfinder LCD--trying to make my own.

Fluid head--I did some research and found the Manfrotto 501HDV; will that carry me for a long time or would I end up upgrading?

ND--Thanks for the tip on fader ND; the only challenge will be fitting a lens hood at the same time. I will look into polarizer as ell.

External LCD--To use an external LCD, don't you pretty much have to have a rail?

Microphone: had forgotten the audio!

Monopod--being a film guy I have one. I wonder whether it makes sense to put the fluid head on top.


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Richard Harrington
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 8, 2010 at 2:31:10 pm

Viewfinder. Don't even try to make
Microphone move up in list with sync sound recorder
Fluid head tripod

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Tony Connoly
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:27:18 am

Thanks. I've read Still to Motion cover to cover; I will watch the DVD next.

Those viewfinder mags are so pricy ($375 for the nicer Zacuto). When I say make, I don't mean from scratch. I have a Schneider 4x loupe from the film days and I'm looking for a way to attach it to the camera until I acquire a Zacuto. The camera manufacturers have got to improve the LCDs or make an electronic viewfinder option or do something.


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Patrick Simpson
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 10, 2010 at 2:02:05 am

I wonder if one of these knockoffs are any good:

http://cheesycam.com/lcdvf-nope-lcd-viewfinder-replica/


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Tony Connoly
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 12, 2010 at 3:17:19 pm

I don't know. Have you tried?


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Patrick Simpson
Re: What is the first piece of equipment I should make or buy
on Oct 12, 2010 at 6:44:00 pm

I've never used one myself; this talks more about it; might have more info.
http://cheesycam.com/evil-little-lcdvf-twin-vs-lcdvf/


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