I did a gear bag video last year at some point but I’ve added a few things to my kit so I thought I’d do a quick gear bag update. And before you ask, a video gear bag video is on the way!
1/12/13 UPDATE : For awhile I was experimenting with keeping the Z-finder attachment on the 5D3 (previously I had been using it exclusively with the 60D) but I’ve decided to remove it. I had wanted to use it for finer tune focusing with the 24 TS-E (a manual focus lens) but have since found that it will be easier to use a regular LCD loupe for that purpose (just purchased this guy). The Z-finder will go back onto the 60D until I get around to purchasing the 3.2″ Z-finder frame.
The first, hopefully obvious, thing you need to do is get your camera moving! If you’ve been following my blog and/or my venture into video you’ll probably remember when I built my own slider. It’s sort of a big project but I’d absolutely recommend everyone to start there. Why? Because unless you start with something long you’re not going to believe me when I make the following statement: for real estate your slider should be no longer than 1/2 meter. This is important so I’ll say it again:
FOR REAL ESTATE YOUR SLIDER SHOULD BE NO LONGER THAN 1/2 METER.
Got it? Let’s move on for now, I’ll explain that later.
I receive a lot of emails from budding videographers around the world wanting to know 1) how to get started in video and (related) 2) what gear is needed to get started. My standard response has been something along the lines of, “Watch my blog. I’m going to write about this soon.”
So here it is: a little series about what gear I use and why. I’m going to break these up into small, bite sized pieces so that it’s a little more manageable.
And please note: I’m going to write about the gear I use and/or have had experience with. You can assume that if I don’t name whatever item you’re wondering about I have no opinion on it. There’s tons of manufacturers out there making gear at all (well, most) budget levels so if you have experience with a specific item/brand please feel free to leave it in the comments!
My general approach to buying gear is to buy the best quality that I can afford. As you’ll read in subsequent posts I haven’t always followed that (read: I’ve bought some pretty cheap gear) and I’ve almost always regretted it. Hopefully this series will help prevent you from wasting money on cheap/bad gear.
Another important note: One of the main reasons I’m writing this post is to appeal to the masses who have emailed me with questions about my gear. Also for the followers of my blog. My assumption is that those who are interested in this series are interested in the style of real estate video I shoot. I acknowledge that there are other styles of video and gear that goes along with that however, since that’s not my style, I won’t be writing about it (ie: I’m not going to write about steadicams).
With that said, let’s get started.