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#1 Sam Koopman

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 11:29 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the website and I have a quick question.

Recently I got my hands on a Canon T2i, with kit lens. This lens is not very good and am looking into getting the 50mm 1.8.
I was wondering what extra gear any of you guys use with your t2i, 7D etc. I would like to get some sort of shoulder mount or stabilizer and maybe a slider.
I am on a bit of a tight budget but if you have any other input on crucial gear for DSLR's please let me know!
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:37 AM

I think you might find the 50mm is a bit narrow for general use on a sensor that size. A friend of mine shoots stills on a 400D and the 60mm macro prime, while a fantastic lens, is really only suitable for studio work.

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#3 Billy Straub

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:58 PM

I got my t2i earlier this year and had some of the same questions as you do. The director I've been working with for the past year and a half gave me, to be what I consider to be, good advice for a cinematographer. I would tell him about this follow focus I wanted to get, or these monitors that were wireless or this really fancy rig I wanted and he would say, "get lenses!"
You said you wanted to get the 50mm 1.8, do it. It's a beautiful lens and when you have it wide open you get a really shallow depth of field, as well as it's only $120 or so.
As for rigs and such, build your own, or have someone who's good with tools to make you something. A friend of mine made me a pvc shoulder mount, I love it. It doesn't have rails or anything but it serves it's purpose of being a shoulder mount and it works great. And it cost him something like $25 to make.
I'm looking into making my own follow focus and perhaps adding on to my shoulder mount so that the follow focus attaches to it.
Gear is expensive, so invest in the stuff that lasts, get lenses.
You can have all the equipment in the world, but if you don't have lenses you can't shoot anything.
Hope that helps answer some questions for you.
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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:58 AM

I'll second that.

People seem to spend money on cameras. This is a mistake. Especially at the moment, fashionable cameras come and go in a year. Lenses, but also grip and camera support, lighting, audio equipment and other ancillaries represent a far better long-term investment for the independent filmmaker.

You know the thing I find most people don't have? Stands. For lights or flags or whatever. Nobody has stands. Go and buy some C-stands, get a set of Road Rags, whatever.

The camera body itself? Not so much.

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