The 15 Best Pieces Of Amateur Film-making Gear Pt.1
by Eguaogie Eghosa Sep 01, 2021 Views (207)
The leap from photography and still capture to cinematography seems natural; rather, it appears to be a natural evolution for individuals who enjoy telling tales, immortalizing experiences, and pushing their creativity to new heights. The world of filmmaking, on the other hand, is far more complicated, with the medium's cost-of-entry doing no favors in terms of accessibility.

While everyone must go through a steep skill, investment, and commitment curve in order to make the greatest possible content, that doesn't imply the genre can't be equally as effective without high-end technology. We've put together a decent entry-level guide that will describe the beginning, mid-range, and semi-professional gear to cover most of the bases surrounding the medium for individuals who don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on equipment they may or may not utilize. We'll help you build a well-rounded arsenal to bring your filmmaking ideas to life, from lenses and accessories to larger, more expensive goods like camera bodies and drones.

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There is one piece of equipment that every aspiring filmmaker must have: the camera. The actual obstacles, as clear as they may appear, arise when trying to select an entry-level system that is both capable and economical, capable of producing the desired outcomes while also serving as the ideal medium for your creative expression. We'll go over three of the most adaptable beginner's cameras in the industry below.

1. SONY A6500
As a beginner filmmaker, you'll have to accept that many of the medium's high-end cameras will be out of your financial range. Many people will find that using a DSLR or mirrorless camera is the best solution. While there is a slew of significant handheld options for taking your cinematic ventures to the next level, few manufacturers do it better than Sony, with the tiny, user-friendly A6500 garnering top honors. A BIONZ X image processor, built-in five-axis stabilization, and an APS-C 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor bridge the gap for aspiring videographers looking to dip their toes into the 4K sphere.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema is a 4K powerhouse that's both affordable and competent, making it an ideal middle option for aspiring filmmakers. This camera even offers high-end platforms a run for their money, incorporating features that were previously reserved for the industry's most prestigious models. You'll be able to make use of game-changing features like dual native ISO (0-25,600), RAW video file recording, a full 4/3 HDR sensor, and an astonishing 13 stops of dynamic range, allowing you to capture your vision in a manner that many comparably priced platforms couldn't.

3. CANON C200
Canon's C (or Cinema) line is hard to beat when it comes to mid/high-end filmmaking, documentary work, and entry-level cinematics. Aside from its intuitive nature, excellent interfacing, and legendary color reproduction, Canon's C200 exemplifies the best of the company's Cinema lineup, with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), four-inch LCD screen, and peripheral-ready top handle making run-and-gun filmmaking easier than ever. Topping it off, you'll be able to use the camera's Super 35mm CMOS sensor — an industry standard for filmmaking — and dual-pixel autofocus to ensure you always get the best-looking photos.


Perhaps, one of the least regarded, and understated aspects of photography and filmmaking, in general, is the acquisition of great lenses. It need not be exaggerated that high-end DSLRs can transform your content from mediocre, to amazing, and if you’re willing to invest in a number of different focal lengths, you’ll have a cache of extras to ensure you’re ready for any shooting situation.

You can only go so far with a camera body, and with Rokinon's acclaimed 35mm lens, you'll be able to capture your favorite settings at one of the industry's most popular focal lengths. These semi-wide lenses are prized for their versatility, letting you shoot from afar, at medium range, or only feet away from your subject, and are the focal length of choice for many beginning photographers. For the time being, Rokinon's low-cost 12-element F/1.4 lens is a wonderful starting point for any budding filmmaker trying to get the most out of his kit without spending a lot of money on other lenses and focal lengths.

Anyone who has spent any time in the film industry is familiar with Zeiss, and with the Milvus line including some of the industry's greatest glass, it's not surprising to see it on a few of the web's "best of" lists. A devoted approach to the medium's finest focal lengths comes standard on the Milvus, as it does on many of its professional rivals. For example, Zeiss' 50mm is a traditional focal length that has long been regarded as one of the best, offering the ideal composition for detail photos, portraiture, and general photography. As you might anticipate, the lens' sophisticated Distagon optical concept, anomalous partial dispersion elements, and a wide field of view translate well into the realm of the movie.

In the second part of this article, we will take a look at a couple of other important photography gears that an amateur should have in order to start off well and succeed.

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