November 25, 2014 at 4:47AM
Getting out of the beginner sphere
So, let me get straight to it. I'm a 17-jobless guy with a passion for filmmaking. I own a 550d, 50mm, rode videomic, couple of cheap chinese LED lights, one of those spider shoulder mounts from ebay that barely works, and a 16gb sd card. Thats basically it - doesnt seem like much when you put all on paper. However, I stick to the age-old motto 'work with what you have', and I've done that for about 2 or 3 years now. Anyways, with christmas coming up I want to invest in some new gear. I know its a steep price for quality in this industry, but I've only got about $300 to spend. Ive looked at filmcity's fc-3 camera arm, but i feel like a matte box isnt all that necessary, and might not work with my 50mm anyway. Im usually doing handheld stuff, action mostly. Im just really stuck as to what i should buy next - ive basically got the basics, and im not sure where to start upgrading - I feel like maybe a viewfinder and follow focus would be a good start, but im not too sure.
Any advice on where to start would be really really appreciated. Thanks!