March 19, 2017 at 11:38AM
Help with kit list for corporate film
Hi, I do a lot of very basic film and photography for my company and have finally talked them into providing me a budget for decent equipment. I am far from a professional videographer but I have the basics down and really need more of a steer on equipment. Camera wise, I've settled on the Canon 5D MIII, having used Canon before and several of my film maker friends recommending it. If anyone has some advice on lenses and audio recording though, I need it!
One friend suggested getting the 24-70mm lens as my standard which is really pricey at about £1350, along with a 50mm lens which won't break the bank. I'm not entirely convinced I need to get such an expensive lens though and wanted some recommendations if anyone has them? I want my work to look crisp and have a dynamic lens I can play with, but something a bit more modest in price.
The majority of what I will be filming will be interviews. I will be getting a shotgun mic and will probably mount this on a boom as close to the subject as I can. My dilemma, do I really need to go through an audio recorder? I can see the benefits but I think I will often have to be speedy when filming high profile figures within my company so I want to set up, shoot and go asap. Does equipment like the H4N really warrant investing in when I could just run a mic directly into my camera? Is the quality going to be that different? And yes I am aware that the 5D only has a 3.5mm mic input, which leads me on to my next question...
Can I use some sort of XLR to 3.5mm jack converter rather than using an audio recorder or pricey adapter?