Gear Guide for
BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE
"what gear should I buy?"
The question I get asked most is, "What gear should I buy?"
so I decided to put this little 'Gear Guide' together so you can find all the answers in one place.
I have included a beginner gear-list as well as an intermediate list so you can choose what works best for your budget and needs.
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It's important to remember that cameras (good cameras at least) cost more than you think. A lot of people want to only spend up to £200 on a camera and the truth is, for this price, you could get better results with your iphone!
With this in mind, I recommend going for something like the Canon m50 because it is small, lightweight, and it has great auto focus. If you have a little more room in your budget, scroll down to the intermediate camera list.
You might not think there's much difference from one tripod to another, but there IS! If all you need to do is pop your camera on a tripod and leave it there then you can just get anything for under £50 just be careful that it may be lightweight and your camera may end up toppling over! If you want to get camera movement using a tripod, then you need to consider a fluid motion tripod. Like this amazing option from Manfrotto. It's small but extends and is super smooth.
Don't forget these essential little things as they will become your best friend when capturing, transferring and saving footage. I've always been able to rely on these Sandisk SD cards. They're super fast, affordable, and they come in a variety of sizes.
This Godox SL60w light is soooo good for the price. You've probably seen all my youtube videos about this anyway but this is what I recommend for simple lighting setups.
If you want those nice soft shadows and natural looking light, then it's important to diffuse that light with a softbox. There are loads but I recommend this one if you're in a small room and don't have much space. It also has a quick setup and pack-down speedring feature. The Laofas mini softbox.
When you're looking for the next step in camera quality, it's important to choose something that has a log profile! This will give you more dynamic range and more information to play with when it comes to colour grading your footage. Go for something like the Canon EOS R or my personal favourite for the price, the Canon R6.
If you go for the EOS R camera, you have the ability to record in 4k 10-bit 422 colour which looks incredible. This monitor not only lets you check your focus, exposure etc easily, but it also can boost the quality of your camera. The Atomos ninja V is highly recommended.
There are many lenses I could recommend but it all depends on your budget, style and what you shoot the most. If you're vlogging, go for this wide-angle lens. The Canon RF 15-35mm
This Canon 50mm lens will give you instant "cinematic" style shots by providing that smooth background blur that we all like. You can't beat it for the price!
A nice sturdy tripod that is smooth and durable. Manfrotto!
WHen you start creating more and more videos, you realise you can't scrimp on the small stuff. Go for these extra durable and reliable SD cards from ProGrade.
Again, you can't go wrong with Godox. But here's a more powerful option for if you want to light a larger area or if you want to work with higher shutter speeds for slow motion etc.
They also do a RGB colour version! :D
A larger light source means softer shadows. Look no further than the Aputure lightdome ii. Laofas also do an affordable alternative to this which is extremely close in quality for a fraction of the cost.
When you're filming outside in bright conditions, you may want to invest in a VND filter in order to maintain control over your camera settings. With this Polar Pro filter, you can control the amount of light that comes through the lens. A must if you film a lot in bright conditions. There are other options, but nothing performs quite like these. Plus... they're super tough and don't scratch easily. (Just make sure you get the right size for your lens!)
We all love a good drone shot. DJI are by far the best at producing drones. I recommend the Mavic 2 Pro for extra quality but any of the DJI drones that are within your budget will suffice.