Welcome to the DSLR Gear page. Here you’ll find the collection of gear I’ve used in the past and would recommend.
The Canon T1i is the camera I first started off with and still use to this day. This is actually the first SLR camera I’ve ever bought. I definitely recommend this if your looking for something pretty cheap to start off with and will only be taking photos and not much video. If your primary use will be for video, get the T2i or T3i since they both have a mic input as well as more control over video than the T1i.
This is one of Canon’s lower priced digital SLR cameras that I would also definitely recommend for beginner photographers and HDSLR videographers. This is the latest model EOS Rebel camera that features many upgrades from the T1i such as the ability to pop out the viewfinder anywhere you want with it’s articulated LCD screen and even more control over HD shooting.
If you know what your doing and are looking for even more control in a camera, I would recommend getting the 7D. It’s a little on the pricey side but is well worth it. This high-performance digital SLR features the resolving power of an 18-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 4 image processors that enable 8 frames-per-second capture of high-definition, low-noise imaging at sensitivity levels up to ISO 12800.
I’ve used Light Craft Workshops Fader ND filters in the past and they seem to do the job well. Although, they are in Hong Kong I believe so if you don’t have the patience like me, it’s going to take a while for shipping living in the U.S.
This is where I get my ultraviolet filters mainly to protect the glass of my lenses. They’re pretty cheap and I’d rather have to replace the filter than the whole lens.
The FM18 is a fairly inexpensive option as a starter or backup tripod. Although, the fluid drag is not adjustable, it has a great resistance. This supports up to 18 Ibs. which should work for most small camera rigs.
Since we all know the microphones built into HDSLR cameras aren’t always the best, there are a bunch of alternative options available such as the Zoom H1. It doesn’t have XLR inputs, however it still has a great quality stereo mic and even has a 1/8″ input which allows some more flexibility when shooting video.
This has long been the best shotgun mic for cameras with no XLR inputs. This ultra compact lightweight video mic was made specifically for HDSLR cameras as they fit right into the cameras hot shoe then plug in by it’s 1/8″ input. There are various models available to fit your needs.
The plus is that it’s cheap. Most shoulder supports are extremely expensive. It works too. Although, you may get much better stabilization from other models, this rig should get you by.. It’s always better than carrying the camera by hand.