Investing Wisely in Film Gear
Since I get asked a lot by filmmakers, especially those starting out, what equipment I recommend, I’ve created these pages. The gear is ordered by priority – i.e. I start with the essentials: the camera, the lenses, the tripod and so on. For each category, I list a few options – from the most affordable to the top of the line. I only list equipment that I am familiar with and that represents good value – i.e. you will get your money’s worth regardless whether it’s the most or least expensive option available on the market.
If you are starting out, don’t worry about acquiring all of this equipment. Don’t create extra barriers for yourself. Just start shooting with whatever you have available, so you can develop your skills. Great filmmaking skills will make your work look great even when you are limited to mediocre equipment.
As you progress and start making money as a filmmaker, you will want to acquire all this additional gear that appears on later pages. A lot of it serves not so much to make your work look better, but to make your productions run faster and smoother. Eventually, your time will become your most precious resource, and that’s when it makes sense to spend money on the non-essentials. Still, you want to be smart with your investments.
If you have used gear that you can strongly recommend, please share in the comments section below, or send me a message. Thanks!