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Matt Townley
Re: $500 to spend....
on Feb 21, 2014 at 5:40:32 am

Everything people have mentioned are all good suggestions, and I second the investment in good audio gear. That's an area where a lot of beginning filmmakers and videographers skimp and it can make or break a film.

The other thing that hasn't been mentioned is a good external monitor. I have kicked myself too many times because I thought I had good focus when I didn't. It's great shooting at 1.4 or 2.8 with a fast lens, but the tiny display on most DSLRs make things look sharp even when they really aren't. At apertures that high, the difference between having a subject's nose in focus is a fine hair away from having their closest eye in focus and it makes a world of difference when it gets on a big display. For $500 you could get a smallHD DP4, which has focus assist modes to help with focusing, false color for exposure (no waveforms at this price point, but that's ok for now) and can also help with off angle viewing instead up going to the 60D.


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