My video setup: Canon HG10 with 35mm adapter
~ 04 February 2010 ~
Update: I’ve switched to a Canon 7D.
I’ve had a penchant for filmmaking ever since I was a little kid. I’ve never had the right equipment, though. I’m trying to finally change that, while still trying to stay within budget.
The photo above shows the setup I’ve been piecing together over the last few weeks. I haven’t shot anything with it yet, but I’ll give it a good run in a couple weeks when I film the Colosseo letterpress poster being printed. We’ll see how it goes.
Two years ago this would have been a killer setup—it’s similar to the setup Benjamin Reece used to shoot “Fifty People, One Question”. Nowadays, a Canon 7D or similar is probably the way to go for those of us doing indie-style film stuff. Check out this fantastic video shot with a Canon 7D:
I’ve had my HG10 for a while now, and I’ve been able to do some decent shooting with it (see “Roma Italia”). I’m not ready to make the step-up investment to a 7D just yet. So I’m doing what I can with the HG10, while making sure much of what I’m purchasing will also work with the 7D at a later date.
It’s taken quite a bit of research to piece all of this together, so I’m documenting my equipment here for those of you searching for something similar:
- Canon HG10 HD hard-drive camcorder (you can get these for under $400 on eBay nowadays, though I’d recommend something more recent like the Canon HF S100 if purchasing your first non-tape camcorder)
- Greg Tay’s GT35pro 35mm depth of field (DOF) adapter
- Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 AI manual focus lens (this one is from the late 70s, snatched on eBay)
- Opteka X-Grip
- RODE VideoMic
- Sima LED video light
Check back in a few weeks to see some of the video I’ll shoot with it. Fingers crossed it turns out okay.
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