Top Ten HDSLR Gear List.
By: Jared Abrams
Top ten lists are always tricky. Something is always left out. That being said, here is a top ten list of gear I would recommend to anyone getting into the HDSLR game. The bottom line is that now with the advent of HDSLR cameras all you really need is imagination, determination, a camera, a lens, a hot battery and a newly formatted card. It truly is a great time to be a filmmaker.
**The list is based on equipment available at the time of publishing.
1-Canon 5D Mark II. It’s the best HDSLR for video. The full frame sensor kills the competition. The Canon 60D would be the next choice.
2-Lenses. Prime: Zeiss ZE 50mm f1.4. It is sharp as a tack with manual focus. Zoom: Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS. The image stabilization is a lifesaver for video. Go for the L I series or used. The L II is not worth the extra coin. Always buy used lenses if you can. www.keh.com has good deals.
3-Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB CF cards. They are fast and reliable. Recovery software is a must have. Do not buy CF cards on eBay. There are too many fakes out there.
4-Redrock Micro Field Cinema Kit with two handles and offset camera mount. For the money, this is the best rig for HDSLR work on the market. Go for the all black version, much cooler.
5-Switronix Powerbase 70 The Powerbase is the best power solution I have found. It will power everything via P-Tap and has a built-in charger. It will also power other cameras down the line.
6-Sachtler FSB4 Tripod. The Sachtler is super smooth. It also has a tiny footprint. That is a huge plus in tight situations.
7-Marshall 5” HDMI monitor. The 5” is a perfect fit for HDSLR work. The False Color feature is a lifesaver.
8-Zacuto Z Finder Pro. The 2.5X and 3X are killer. The frame stays on under the worst conditions. It is also fogless. This feature cannot be beat. A must have for hand held work.
9-Litepanels MicroPro. You have to have some kind of small travel light. This fits the bill perfectly. We have beat the crap out of the two we have and they keep on working.
10-LCW MK II Filter, We sell them and we use them all the time. The Native ISO’s demand some kind of ND filter. This is an all in one solution.