November 25, 2014 at 1:47AM


Getting out of the beginner sphere

Hey there.

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!


Normally I would say that you should save your money and work with what you have for now, but if all you have is one 50mm lens and nothing else, then I would look at buying the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 SP AF zoom lens that you can buy on eBay for $300 or less. This will open up a much greater of imagery from your camera, so that everything won't have that 50mm look to it. ( 50mm look is nice, but you will want wider focal lengths when filming )

November 25, 2014 at 7:52PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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February 4, 2015 at 5:03AM, Edited February 4, 5:03AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

What's your main goal for filming Callum? docs, features, business, family events? Just wondering because it might change what you want to focus on for gear. But as mentioned above, perhaps a longer lens or wide angle lens to get some differently framed shots.

February 5, 2015 at 5:24AM


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