Hi all, it's been a few weeks since last time I posted here.
anyway, here we are, I got my DSLR, a couple of tripods, few cheapo lights (gonna upgrade the bulbs but the hardware's there), a short slider/rail on the way and a couple dozens of lenses. My filming buddy also got himself a nice D800 (he's more of a photographer, I'm more the video guy but he's helping me out filming and we'll definitely take advantage of the D800 here).
On my "to buy" list, there's also a stabilizer (gonna go for cheap, but not too cheap, was thinking of getting one of those entry level glidecam, looking for a used one rather than a new "made in china" one)
now I look around and I'm wondering a few things
- I see those shoulder rigs, but I kinda fail to see the point, they don't seem stabilized or anything, I really fail to understand in what situation they come in handy, but I see people getting them and using them. If any of you could explain to me what's the point of those?
- matte box, since I got many different lenses, most of which without hoods, and several filter sizes, the matte box seems to be the way to go for polyvalent filter use. what's the main difference between the cheap and most expensive ones?
- I definitely need some standalone lighting system, something that I can take with me and that would be better than those battery powered small led lights (they're cool tho, great bang for the buck, but still limited)
- is there some focusing help that I could get, especially for using with that slider? or it's supposed to be focused "on the fly" by hand?
- flags & reflectors - necessary or not?