July 15, 2017 at 11:36AM

You voted '-1'.

Beginner Run and Gun Kit

Been over a decade since I shot anything and am finally getting back into the video and filmmaking game. Previously worked on DV and HDV, so DSLRs are very new to me. That said, they fit my requirements and budget.

I'm looking for a versatile kit for around 5k that will allow me to shoot fitness videos, sit-down interviews/talking heads, as well as situational narrative skits and shorts. I'll be working both indoor and outdoor, utilizing natural environments with no studio work planned as of yet. Based on my research, here's the set-up I'm considering:

- Panasonic Lumix GH5

- Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
- Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO
- Alt.: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art, Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art w/Metabones Speed Booster XL

- Rode VideoMic Pro
- Rode Microphones SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for Smartphones

- Tiffen 72mm Variable Neutral Density (ND) Filter - 2 to 8 Stop
- ProOPTIC Step-Up Adapter Ring 52mm Lens to 72mm Filter

- Aputure Amaran AL-H198 On-Camera Daylight LED Light, 198 LEDs
- 6-8’ light stand
- Bounce card

- Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod w/Fluid Pan Head

- Vanguard Adaptor 46 Camera Backpack

I know fetishizing equipment, as well as newbie questions like, "What's the best _____ I can get?" can be annoying. However, I've done a bunch of research, and just want to be sure I've thought everything through correctly before investing in a set-up. Any and all opinions are welcome. Thanks in advance!


I would say make sure you can see your screen outside. I was able to get a removable 3-sided "shade" to better see. Do you have a screen to limit the natural light if needed (you mention outdoor)? I'm assuming you have all the SD cards, batteries, chargers (car chargers), gaffers tape, sandbags for light, etc already included.

July 17, 2017 at 9:33AM

Producer/Writer/Director/Prop Maker

Didn't think of a screen shade. Great suggestion! As far as the other stuff, I have most of it planned and will be picking up other smaller things as needed. Thanks!

July 17, 2017 at 3:57PM


I'd add a 6x6 silk in a lightweight frame. It will give you a lot better lighting outdoors than a bounce card during sunny days.

July 17, 2017 at 11:47PM

Torben Greve

When I see "run 'n gun" I think to myself "keep it simple". Sigma+speedboosters not as simple as Olympus m43. GH5 + lenses + ND filters + Monitor not as simple as AG-DVX200 (with integrated lens and ND wheel). The DVX200 doesn't give you the stills capability of the GH5, but it sure gives you power and simplicity when it comes to video.

July 18, 2017 at 6:23AM


Just upvoted. New here, so didn't understand the importance. Thanks! That said, only some of the upvoting I did seemed to register.

Shane C.

July 20, 2017 at 2:16PM

As a "noob" I don't have much advice to give but value the support others offer. Its 9:01 AM on 7/23 and i just added my upvote to Michael's post and its the only one I see at this time. Lets see if it sticks. Best of luck Shane.

James Schindler

July 23, 2017 at 6:14AM

For run and gun you need: good autofocus abilities, good on board audio, and good battery life. I'd make sure any camera you consider has these three things. Happy hunting :)

July 19, 2017 at 12:22AM

Logan Fish
Video Journalist

Really appreciate all of the advice!

July 19, 2017 at 7:44PM


Hopefully that means you actually upvoted the advice you found helpful. For reasons I still don't understand, there are trolls (robots) that downvote everything, so all of the above may be showing zero even though you have upvoted it. But upvoting is an important service you do for the community (and the community does for you)!

Michael Tiemann

July 20, 2017 at 7:10AM

I think you need Panasonic rather than Olympus lenses (e.g. 12-35 f/2.8 II) to get the full Dual IS with the GH5, someone correct me if I'm wrong. Also the wireless Rode Filmmaker Kit would be better than the lav mic into smartphone option - the microphone is better and it saves syncing in post.

July 20, 2017 at 1:57AM

Tom Barrance
Film educator

Yes, have been debating between the two. I get to take advantage of the IBIS with the Panasonic lens but I was leaning toward the Olympus PROs because, apparently, the build quality is much better and the internal stabilization on the GH5 is more than adequate with them. Have you heard otherwise?

Shane C.

July 20, 2017 at 2:22PM

Also, would love the Rode Filmmaker Kit, but is beyond my budget at this point. Would really like to get the XLR adapter for the GH5 too...

Shane C.

July 20, 2017 at 7:54PM

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