October 9, 2014 at 2:22PM


Dslr camera for filming on a budget

I'm looking to get a dslr camera for under $600 that can shoot some good video for a small short film. Also, I want the camera to have an external mic jack. What kind of cameras do you guys use? What brands should I avoid (if any)?


For starting out, you can't go wrong with a Canon T2i/T3i. Both great first camera. Both can be found for very cheap.

For lenses, look at the 50mm 1.8, or the 24mm 2.8.

A simple DSLR body from Canon + a decent lens + a couple of batteries and fast SD cards will get you started. If you can borrow a tripod, it will really, really help.

You can essentially just take the relevant parts of Stu Maschwitz's post about shooting better photos (http://prolost.com/blog/2013/12/11/how-to-take-good-photos-for-under-100...) and add Prolost Flat to force yourself to learn the basics of color correction in post (http://prolost.com/blog/2012/4/10/prolost-flat.html).

Oh, and this isn't camera-specific, but if you aren't reading most everything Stu Maschwitz has to say about making low budget stuff great, you're making life harder for yourself. Have fun!

October 10, 2014 at 6:55AM

David S.

Oh, and this wasn't clear: when I say the 24mm 2.8, I specifically mean this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1081812-REG/canon_9522b002_ef_s_24...

David S.

October 10, 2014 at 6:56AM

Hello David,

I've had the t2i for some while now and just started to shoot video. I've just purchased the Canon 50mm like 5 minutes ago. I've updated the firmware and I've also downloaded Magic Lantern. Now as a complete novice to anything photography or video I may be in over my head with ML but I figured I'd jump right in and start learning. What are your inputs on shooting video with ML and what basic setting would your advise when shooting video in the day with optimal sunlight? What about at night without any extra light sources?

Khemraj Singh

October 10, 2014 at 1:03PM

60 D maybe good a good option or a 7D second hand.

October 11, 2014 at 11:25AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

Check out used deals on Panasonic GH2s and G6s. The GH2 is hackable and capable of some great images. For examples of what the GH2 is capable of check out footage from Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color" and Gami Orbegoso's "Musgo."
Mirrorless cameras allow for the use of a wide variety of inexpensive lenses.

October 11, 2014 at 1:54PM


I would look at a new Panasonic G6 or a used GH3 which you might be able to find at a price close to your budget.

October 12, 2014 at 1:21PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

The Sony A6000 would also be a great starter cam. I have a friend that bought it for stills, but the HD video is solid. Philip Bloom had this to say about it:


October 28, 2014 at 3:49PM


Your Comment