September 15, 2015 at 10:49AM, Edited September 15, 10:55AM

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A Cinematic Camera Kit for $1000 (or £650)

Hey NFS readers!
I've just written an article over at Desktop-Documentaries.com suggesting a "complete" camera package for shooting cinematic video that comes in at just over $1000. I hope you'll have a look at the article because I also discuss the evolution of affordable large-sensor cameras (from Canon's first hybrid DSLR to recent 4K shooting mirrorless offerings) and share some of my thoughts on what is "good enough."

You can read the full article here: http://www.desktop-documentaries.com/cinematic-documentary-gear-package....

I've also posted a few short videos I made myself with the camera in question, on the Lintelfilm blog: http://lintelfilm.uk/blog/

Let me know if you have any questions, opinions or observations - either here or in the comments under the articles!

Cheers,

Matt :)

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Why isn't my article listed?

September 15, 2015 at 1:33PM

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Matt James Smith
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Good list Matt. I would suggest a couple of small changes to your gear list...

1- Forget the Tiffen variable ND and go with "plain jane" Tiffen ND filters. The PJ Tiffen ND filters cost between $13 - $17 each, they don't reduce lens resolution with longer lenses ( the V ND filters do ), they don't create weird "flat" looking skin-tones ( the V ND filters do most of the time ). You end up with a better looking image with the PJ ND filters, and you only need 3 filters to start ( 0.3 ND, 0.6 ND, 1.2 ND ) so you save $50 or more.

http://goo.gl/pSx3WA

2- Forget the excellent RODE lav mic, and go with an Oscar SoundTech lav mic that costs less than $100 but sounds as good as the RODE lav mic. The OST lav mics are a clone of the industry standard TRAM TR50 lav mics. The OST-801 lav mic is designed to be used under clothing, and the OST-802 lav mic is designed to be used on top of clothing. When you order the mic you have to specify the type of connecting plug you want on your mic. For many people this will be the standard 3.5mm mini-plug that plugs into your camera or into a small recorder like the Zoom H1.

http://www.oscarsoundtech.com/services.html

September 15, 2015 at 5:03PM, Edited September 15, 5:04PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks Guy, great suggestions. I do actually suggest buying a non-variable ND as a way of saving money in the ND section of the article (did you miss that?). The Oscar lav looks interesting. I haven't heard of that one before ...

September 16, 2015 at 7:53PM

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Matt James Smith
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Yes, I think I must have missed that part. Sorry.

I used to be a big fan of variable ND filters until I started to notice what these filters will do to skin-tones, which is often not good. And the effect varies depending on how much ND you have dialed in, so your skin-tone will change depending on how the Variable ND filter is set.

Here's a short video from Shane Hurlbut showing what a polarizing filter does to skin-tones. Variable ND filters will do the same thing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhO4w7FxDzQ

September 16, 2015 at 10:34PM, Edited September 16, 10:39PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Oscar SoundTech lavs have been around for at least 5 years, but they don't advertise so most people have never heard of them. I first became interested in them because I already owned a TRAM TR50 lav mic which is quite a good mic for $250. And then I heard that there was this great "clone" of the TRAM TR50 lav mic that costs less than $100, so I bought one to try it out and found that I liked it more than the TRAM lav mic. They are the best bargain in professional quality lav mics. Good sound and very affordable.

September 16, 2015 at 10:44PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Guy is this the tiffen kit you are referring to? (I have a tamron 17-50 2.8 nikon mount lens so I think it takes 72mm size?) Would I also be able to use this kit for photography?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/674664-REG/Tiffen_72NDK3_72mm_Digi...

September 16, 2015 at 1:13PM, Edited September 16, 1:14PM

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DustinD
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>>>Guy is this the Tiffen kit you are referring to?

You can buy the filters in a kit or you can buy them individually. I own a couple of high quality variable ND filters, but I no longer shoot with them because of what they do to people's skin-tones. ( V ND filters use polarizing filters and thus have the same problem that polarizers do when it comes to destroying the "luminance" of skin color. They're fine for shots with no people in them, and for wide-angle to medium telephoto shots, but they will soften the resolution of a long telephoto lens )

September 16, 2015 at 3:48PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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