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John Young
Advice next piece of gear
on Nov 26, 2011 at 4:57:10 am

Hey guys,
Wanted to get everyone's opinion on my next purchase for my DSLR setup.  I have got $1,500-$2,000 to use for my next piece of gear. Here is my current setup:  Canon 7D, Canon EFS 17-55 lens, Nikon 50mm 1.4,  Nikon 35mm 2.0.  Manfrotto tripod and monopod. My work is mostly short films, interviews, and live music.

Here is what I am considering and I am looking for advice on what you all would prioritize in your setup.
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Follow focus and rails
Monitor
Wide angle lens (Tokina 11-16mm) or Nikon Nikkor 18mm
Light kit

Or anything else you all might suggest.  Thank you in advance.
John

http://www.johnathanyoung.com


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Steve Crow
Re: Advice next piece of gear
on Nov 26, 2011 at 2:39:47 pm

You definitely need

* a Variable ND filter with around 6-9 stops of neutral density

* SOUND!!! Zoom H4N, at least one pair of wireless lavalier mics (preferably 2), Rhode VideoMic for your camera (to improve the quality of the built-in audio), headphones. Optionally a shogun mic and stand so that you can hang a mic over subjects in a sit-down interview situation.

* Any money left over? A Konova slider

* Start thinking about your storage and backup solutions - video files are huge and you tend to create multiple versions of videos as you edit....everything has to be backed up


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John Young
Re: Advice next piece of gear
on Nov 26, 2011 at 2:51:22 pm

Thanks Steve. You are right about the need for sound. I do have a basic sound setup with a Zoom H4N and headphones. Some lavs are a good idea and something i should think about.


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Steve Crow
Re: Advice next piece of gear
on Nov 26, 2011 at 2:55:36 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention, the Vari ND filter is so that you can get shallow depth of field shots outside even in bright sunlight and I meant to mention also something like the Zacutto Z-Finder so that you can see your LCD screen while filming outdoors - that's pretty critical!


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Liam Hall
Re: Advice next piece of gear
on Nov 27, 2011 at 12:26:56 pm

If you want your interviews to look better your next purchase should definitely be lighting. The best bang for your buck is a Photoflex Starlite QL kit that comes with a 60cm x 90cm soft-box.

I'm not a fan of vaiy-nd like others are, so I'd recommend a set of Tiffen ND filters.

Take a look at the LCDFVF. It's a great cost effective solution.

Spend the rest on glass:)

Liam Hall
Director/DoP/Editor
http://www.liamhall.net


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Colin McQuillan
Re: Advice next piece of gear
on Nov 27, 2011 at 5:31:02 pm

[Liam Hall] "I'm not a fan of vaiy-nd like others are, so I'd recommend a set of Tiffen ND filters."

Likewise. Over the summer I purchased the Genus variable nd filter and was not pleased with the softening and colour shifting through the various strength of ND. I find it only usable with wider lens' and I stay away from the stronger levels of ND. The only time I see myself using it in the future is in fast paced run-and-gun situation, keeping in mind the limitations I just mentioned.

I purchased a set of Tiffen Water White ND filters and am very pleased with their performance.

Colin McQuillan
Vancouver, B.C.


"Live, love, laugh and be happy."


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Steve Smede
Re: Advice next piece of gear
on Dec 7, 2011 at 8:01:23 am

Beyond the h4n-consumer rode combo, what's your workaround for audio? Good clean sound is never sexy as a new lens or jib, but bad audio will undo any and every other purchase you would make. (Not that I assume your audio sucks because you have introductory equipment!) You mentioned interviews. If your sound sucks, it all sucks. I'd suggest a good wireless lav system plus a plug transmitter ($800), a mid-range field mixer ($600), a pro shotgun ($300) and boom pole ($200).


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John Young
Re: Advice next piece of gear
on Dec 7, 2011 at 3:30:14 pm

You are totally right. My "work-around" strategy up to this point has been to beg/borrow/steal good equipment from others. I am just trying to find the right mix of gear to give me the best quality for my small budget. Thanks for replying.


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