May 30, 2016 at 8:00PM, Edited May 30, 8:01PM
Potential filmmaking kit review?
I've been planning to upgrade a bit of gear for a while now, and although I don't have the money right now, I'm sort of planning what I'd spend where, when I do get the money.
FYI, I currently have a Nikon D3300, with the 18-55 f3.5-5.6 VR II kit lens, as well as a shoulder rig and a Rode Videomic GO and DIY boompole with cable.
Essentially I'm looking to get a whole pile of things, namely some lighting, some rig improvements, as well as a decent sound recorder.
I've made myself up a little list, and it comes to around $715 (roughly). That's a lot of money, especially for a 15 year old, but I'll work on it. I'd just like some thoughts on whether the kit is a good way to spend 700 bucks.
So here it is, in order of cheapest to most expensive items:
1. LCD Magnifier/Loupe - $6 (I'm gonna get this anyway, seeing as its only $6)
2. Pair of 2.1m light stands with 1/4 20 thread on top. - $23
3. 5-in-1 Reflector - $27
4. Rode Deadcat GO - $32
5. Top handle for my shoulder rig, so I can get low shots, and carry it easier - $34
6. Pair of battery powered LED lights off eBay, no exclusive brand, but they're 204 LEDs, and 1440 lumens, and run on NP-F series batteries, or AAs. - $80 for pair
7. Fluid Tripod Head (Yunteng YT-950) - $40
8. Tripod with removable head, to put the fluid head on (Weifeng/Fancier wf-6662a) it has a shaft that can be reversed, for macro photography stuff, as well as legs that open really wide - $43
9. Shoulder pad - I already have a cheap fotga sponge one, but I find it uncomfortable, and it slips off my shoulder. I've tried a manfrotto rig, and the first thing I noticed was that the shoulder pad goes down behind your shoulder, so you can push forward, against yourself, and get more stability. That's why I'm upgrading to a new shoulder pad - $65
10. 24"/60cm Slider - it's only a friction slider, no bearings, but it should do the job - $80
11. Fotga DP3000 follow focus - the follow focus I have now (neewer cn-90f) was good (because it was my first) but with my kit lens, it's just a pain. It's time to upgrade. - $105
12. Tascam DR-05 - I never really had a dedicated audio recorder, and after looking at the Zoom H1, I decided on this one, because of build quality, and the fact that there are no switches on the back of the unit, so I can mount it to the boompole freely - $170
If you guys could give me an insight into whether I'm making the right choices here, or have any recommendations, it's much appreciated, and I'll consider everything.