My Production Gear


People in the video industry are total nerds about gear. I'm constantly being asked about mine.

So here is a complete rundown of my customized go-kit that maximizes video quality, overall ease of use, and unhindered mobility. All on a $4,000 (original) budget. 

cameras
- canon 70d (2)
     - https://goo.gl/xdQH3r
     - $1,900 ($950/each refurbished with lens from canon online store)
     - notes:
          - the refurbished cost was $879.99 plus tax
          - these cams basically came to me looking brand new
          - almost paid full price for t6s cams, but 70d had better features

lenses
- canon efs 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 is stm ("standard zoom” kit lens) (2)
     - https://goo.gl/5in0mq
     - $0 (normally sells new for $550, came with refurb cam purchase)
     - notes:
          - these are not A+ lenses, but they are sufficient for my interviews

tripods
- vanguard alta pro 263ap aluminum tripod kit (2)
     - http://goo.gl/mCDy3Y
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/AWvEU5
     - $350 ($175/each on average with tax from amazon)
     - notes:
          - i wish these were just a little more compact (in length) when folded
          - legitimately like these better than my expensive ($900) work tripods


mics
- rode rodelink fm wireless filmmaker system (2)
     - http://goo.gl/yHP9vK
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/rGopvP
     - $800 ($400/each on amazon)
     - model: rl-film (includes: tx-belt and rx-cam)
     - notes:
          - these are half the price of the sennheiser and all reviews showed it sounding the same
          - digital as opposed to analog
          - taller and a little more plastic-y than sennheiser, but test for audio showed them to be great
          - included lav mic wire isn’t the best - only downside (the actual thin wire)
          - eventually will have to upgrade to actual sennheiser mic at $150 each: http://goo.gl/LCfkDt
- rode videomic go
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/Wr1X2v
     - $100 (amazon)
     - notes:
          - this better version of this is the $230 pro: https://goo.gl/Mzgddk
          - this one does not need a battery and has built-in mini-to-mini plug
          - the pro needs battery, but allows for up to 20db gain
          - decent sound for controlled environments, may upgrade to pro as a second

audio recorder
- zoom h5
     - https://goo.gl/IWSTSi
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/jYmWDW
     - $250 (amazon)
     - notes:
          - chose this over the h6 because i see the most i will need is 3 inputs
          - the xyh-5 mic capsule has a mini-in for a third mic (as opposed to xlr)
          - it’s $150 cheaper than the h6
          - the h4n pro might do what i need, but it is new and i think it's limited to only 2 direct inputs
          - the plastic on the capsule around the mics is a little cheap and breakable

lights
- savage luminous pro led video light (3)
     - http://goo.gl/5wGTFu
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/b2yQ6m
     - $324 ($108/each on amazon)
     - model: led-204
     - notes
          - chose these over the entire set with stands because i want to just mount them on my camera hotshoes
          - the third light will require a light stand since i only use two cameras
          - from my initial order of three, one was fine, one had a burned out led, and one had the test button punched in 
          - ordered two new ones from amazon and processed the return of the two damaged ones

light stand
- impact ls-rl7 7’2” reverse legs light stand (2)
     - https://goo.gl/BfDgfw
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/KPYL52
     - $90 ($45/each on amazon)
     - model: ls-rl7
     - notes:
          - this is for my third light, the one that won’t be mounted on a camera hotshoe

memory cards
- (3) sandisk 32gb extreme pro uhs-i sdhc u3
     - https://goo.gl/TgMweA
     - bh: https://goo.gl/3A0GN6
     - $66 ($22/each at bh)
     - model: sdsdxp-032g-a46
     - notes: 
          - i bought from bh instead of amazon because i feared possible fakes
          - however i realized i already had three 32gb cards at home, so returned these
          - the $66 listed above is to show what i would have paid
- (2) sandisk 64gb extreme pro uhs-i sdxc
     - best buy: https://goo.gl/yMEKYj
     - $120 ($60/each at best buy)
     - model: sdsdxp-064g-a46
     - notes: 
          - i bought from best buy one day in an emergency when i ran out of memory, probably paid too much
          - bh looks to have them for about $35, and i will see if best buy will price match

          - i probably needed them anyway, and will become my primary video cards

storage
- altura backpack
     - https://goo.gl/DjHlz5
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/ZnaNkZ
     - model: great explorer
     - $60 (amazon)
     - notes:
          - great design
          - wasn’t sure at first if i liked that the main compartment opened from back side
          - decided it’s good to protect from thieves and from falling backward
- samsonite cruisair dlx 30” spinner
     - https://goo.gl/M84wCU
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/fC24Pa
     - $200 (amazon)
     - notes:
          - this is my big case that holds everything that's not in the backpack
          - tripods and light stand go on one side
          - monoprice light case and a tupperware full of wires are in the middle
          - ukulele case goes the length of the other side (for interviews)
          - huge mesh zip pouch in top compartment
          - has a ten year warranty
- monoprice cases
     - https://goo.gl/7qrgVa
     - $124 ($41.33/each on monoprice)
     - model: 12682
     - notes:
          - one for my lights, one for my audio gear, one for cameras
          - 12” x 10” x 8” with pick and pull foam
          - ended up just using one in the end for my lights
          - the other two i store away and will only use if I take the audio or cams out without the backpack
          - overall, three was probably a waste of money - i like them, but only needed one
- ukulele case
     - https://goo.gl/ELnLY5
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/5LluQG
     - $130 (amazon)
     - model: crf1000subk 
     - notes:
          - this is the soprano size
          - normal people don't need this
               - i do for my interviews for my little postcard gimmick    

misc.
- limostudio flash bracket (2)
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/oePbxh
     - $40 ($20/each on amazon)
     - model: agg1811
     - notes:
          - this is a bracket that can screw onto a 1/4 or 3/8 inch tripod or light stand screw
          - has a hot shoe built in and can swivel
          - using for third led light so i can mount it on a stand
- canon remote controller
     - https://goo.gl/F2xBVN
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/cfKJEV
     - $20 (amazon on 2016 11-30)
     - model: rc-6
     - notes:
          - this is the perfect solution for when my videos go longer than 30 minutes
          - as the camera stops recording, simply aim and press while in “2” mode
          - this will restart the video
          - camera must be in 10 or 2 second “drive” mode, as set on the upper right
          - for using as an actual camera, best to take it out of drive into single shot mode again 
- tiffen 67mm uv protection filter (2)
     - https://goo.gl/qA55ur
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/RPbmCt
     - $20 ($10/each at amazon)
     - model: 67uvp
     - notes:
          - these are to protect from both the sun and scratches
- altura lens hood (2)
     - https://goo.gl/gXGMX8
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/ZZyBcm
     - $20 ($10/each at amazon)
     - model: ---
     - notes:
          - my cams did not come with the hood, so ordered these non-canon ones just to have them
- sennheiser male (screw on) mini to male xlr (2)
     - bh: https://goo.gl/vdNOjU
     - $66 ($33/each at bh)
     - model cl-100
     - notes:
          - these are to go from the wireless receiver to the zoom
- rode vxlr adapter mini-jack female to xlr male
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/10VTfn
     - $10 (amazon)
     - notes:
          - after buying the sennheiser cl-100’s i really don’t need this
          - keeping it anyway to have as a backup in case one of those fails or for whatever reason
- headphones
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/Ji7EBT
     - $10 (amazon)
     - model: sentey ls-4230
     - notes:
          - purchased cheap, shitty over-ear headphones with a case
          - don’t want in-ear headphones so others can use it and not have it be gross
          - wanted something in a case so that they would store easily and stay with my kit
          - these are not good by any means, but they get the job done for monitoring zoom audio
- grey card
     - amazon: https://goo.gl/w7B2HP
     - $8 (amazon)
     - model: lightdow ld-fb131
     - notes:
          - this is for white balancing pre-production

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