|A guide by cinema5D|
|The Gear Guide we have put together for you is a collection of production gear that we work with frequently. We are three professionals with different working styles and that’s why we have different opinions – that is EXACTLY why this guide will serve you well.
This is an evolving work – please check back frequently.
|Some custom bundles put together for you. Some of these bundles come with a special cinema5D price reduction, others are just custom configurations we recommend. All of them are tailored by us.|
|Video DSLR Cameras|
|We focus on the video features of DSLR cameras which have revolutionized the video and film business. It’s a crowded market now. Here you’ll find our comments on the right cameras for particular applications – we highlight different features for different purposes and budgets based on our working experience.|
|Large Sensor Video Cameras|
|Here you’ll find dedicated video cameras that we’ve used. These cameras feature interchangeable lenses and a “large”, mostly super35-sized sensor for filmic, controllable depth of field.|
|New technologies make it possible to get filmic qualities and ever higher resolutions on small “always with you” cameras that fit into a pocket. This form factor is not only liberating but also allows new ways of camera movement at lower budgets. This is a crowded market too, albeit a very exciting one.|
The lenses we use vary greatly depending on the project we work on. This is a vast field and “which lens should I get?” is probably the most asked question – we hope this can provide some orientation.
Be aware that we all use Canon cameras a lot, that’s why you will find a lot of their glass in here.
|Our favourite prime lenses for video use. We prefer to use primes on a lot of shoots simply because of their smaller form factor, aperture speed and comparably cheaper price (compared to zooms). Of course, they are not as convenient, but on some projects the effort pays off.|
|There are many different mounts from different lens manufacturers which makes it hard to pick “the right lens”, but there are adapters for other camera mounts for most lenses. For all relevant adapters, check out our appropriate category.|
|Beautiful cinematography is most dependent on lighting – that’s why understanding light and how to use it is crucial for everyone serious about our craft. We can help you by telling you what we use on our productions, be it large lights or compact LED’s.|
|Viewfinders, loupes & small monitors|
|Many cameras lack good viewfinders or proper monitors which are crucial to judge the images you are recording accordingly – be it sharpness or exposure (both can be tricky with large sensor cameras). Here are the solutions we rely on every day.|
|Sound Gear & Microphones|
|Sound makes up for 50% of a film viewing experience, yet a lot of filmmakers neglect this part. The lack of good audio recording in DSLRs makes it even more important. It’s about using the right sound gear and knowing how to use it. Here are the sound solutions we rely on.|
|Memory Cards & Storage Solutions|
|This field is all too often neglected by filmmakers, yet it’s so important to choose the right memory cards & storage solutions because after all, it’s only these cards and hard disks / SSDs you trust with your invaluable video footage.|
|Tripods & Camera Stabilisation|
|Decent tripods are not cheap, but different from cameras, they can stick with you for an entire career if taken good care of. Sliders and cranes are specialized equipment that can add a lot of production value to your shots without much effort.|
|Matteboxes, Filters & Follow Focuses|
|The use of Video DSLRs and large sensor cameras makes a lot of accessories much more important: here are the matteboxes, filters and follow focuses (and other focusing devices) that we rely on.|
|Handheld Rigs & Rigging Parts|
|Modern cameras like DSLRs and other small cameras deliver great quality in tiny packages, but they are lacking greatly in ergonomics. That’s why using the right camera rig is extremely important. We also deal with other helpful rigging parts in this category.|
|Bags & Cases|
|Bags description under construction.|
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