February 15, 2018

5 Super Useful Camera Accessories You Can Get for Less than $50

Is your gear bag hungry? Feed it with these budget-friendly filmmaking gadgets.

Whether you're a shameless gear addict or someone actually in need of equipment that works for you, there is so much filmmaking equipment out there to give you what you're looking for. And even though a lot of it is notoriously expensive and overpriced, there are many gadgets that are both budget-friendly and incredibly useful. In this video, filmmaker Armando Ferreira shares five of his favorite pieces of filmmaking gear priced comfortably under $50. Check it out below:

The greatest thing about the gear mentioned in the video is that they work well for filmmakers of all levels of experience. If you're a beginner, you'll benefit from their ease of use and small price tag. If you're a pro, you'll benefit from their build quality and convenience.

Here is all of the gear Ferreira talks about in the video. (You can find the links to each of them in the video's description.

  • Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod: This thing is like a GorillaPod in that it doubles as a tripod and pistol grip or mini-monopod, except the legs don't articulate. If you're not a fan of the GorillaPod's bubbly design, you may like PIXI's sleekness. And $22 ain't bad.
  • SmallRig Camera Base Plate w/ Rod Rail Clamp: Base plates are essential, but this one from SmallRig comes with a rail clamp. Just get your hands on some inexpensive rails and you can start mounting extra batteries, monitors, and any other piece of gear that will help you build an impressive camera rig. This goes for $19.
  • RED Sidewinder Multi-Tool: Multi-tools are an absolute must on a film set, because there are hex, flat head, and Phillips sockets all over the place. RED's multi-tool includes 11 hex keys, as well as a flat head and Phillips-head screwdriver and costs $28. It's not the most impressive price point, but its rugged design might appeal to you.
  • Topstick Clear Hairpiece Tape: If you're going to be using a lav mic, keep a pack of these on hand. You can get a pack of 50 for $7.
  • Think Tank Photo Red Whips: These adjustable cable ties will let you wrangle and fasten just about anything, from stingers to a gear bag that is about to burst. You can get 10 of these things for about $11.

What are your favorite pieces of sub-$50 filmmaking gear? Let us know down below!     

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