Most cinematographers are crazy about gear – it helps us do our job. But sometimes, gear can get quite expensive. In this post, I share a list of affordable products that I trust.
As a camera operator, I’m constantly trying out new gear. From my own experience, I’ve compiled this list of useful cinematography gear that you can find for under $100. I find each piece of equipment useful in my day-to-day work.
Is there an inexpensive piece of cinematography equipment that YOU absolutely rely on? I want to know! Share in the comments below.
Do your job better…without emptying your wallet:
Sling bags are great for carrying a light load of lenses and photo/video equipment when running-and-gunning. Fast access to your equipment.
This neat little dolly/slider alternative from P&C allows you to make some awesome angled sliding moves on a flat surface. Perfect for DSLRs.
This is a boompole holder that mounts into a C-stand. Simple and effective.
This one was mentioned in the comments below. Velcro straps are super useful in any situation to wrap cables.
Gaffer tape is an absolutely ESSENTIAL tool on set. Buy a couple rolls and keep them in your camera kit at all times. Any seasoned video pro will tell you, this stuff is magic.
This is a camera clip that holds your DSLR secure and close to you. Great for situtations when your shooting with multiple cams or need your hands free!
Pocket audio recorders are very handy. I use them all the time to record audio during weddings. An easy way to record audio in unique shooting situations.
You’ll need to check audio levels when setting up mics and listening to captured audio. These are headphones that aren’t going to break the bank.
When shooting handheld with a DSLR, it is very helpful to use an LCD viewfinder (ask anyone that’s had to shoot in super bright light!) Here is list of cheap ones that get the job done.
When shooting outside, it is always handy to use a reflector to give your subject more natural bounce light – useful for both still photographers and videographers. This is a neat 5-in-1 reflector.
I know this is over $100, but if there is one lens I tell new photographers and cinematographers to purchase, it’s this one. Super cheap, while performing great in low light and still being sharp.
This is for the all-around cinematographer/editor. If you use Adobe’s software suite, it is totally worth it to invest in Creative Cloud. You get download access to all of their applications for a monthly subscription fee.
Gear will not make you a better cinematographer, but it will sure make it easier for you. What other cinematography gear for under $100 do you use?