DSLR Cinema package

23 July 2010, Flagstaff, AZ

I’ve shot many documentaries and several shorts with HDV and miniDV camcorders, but I haven’t found any that comes close to the quality of the Canon 5D Mark II.

My equipment package includes:

Camera

  • Canon 5D Mark II: ~$2500 (body only)
  • Spare battery: ~$80
  • Compact Flash card (16GB, 200x speed) x2: ~$100
  • Light Craft Workshop 77mm Vari-ND filter: ~$125

Lenses

  • Zeiss Contax/Yashica adapters: ~$80 each
  • Zeiss Contax Distagon f/2.8 28mm: ~$400 (used)
  • Zeiss Contax Planar f/1.4 50mm: ~$400 (used)
  • Zeiss Contax Sonnar f/3.5 100mm: ~$400 (used)
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L: ~$1900

Audio (external recording with on camera reference): $1200

  • Rode Video Mic: ~$150
  • Rycote Softie: ~$50
  • Rode NTG2 shotgun mic: ~$250
  • Rycote windscreen kit: ~$120
  • Tascam DR-100: ~$300
  • Rycote InVision pistol grip: ~$120
  • XLR cable: ~$20
  • PluralEyes software: ~$150

Light

  • Dot Line DL-DV60 LED light: ~$100
  • Impact 5-in-1 Reflector: ~$40

Stabilization tripod

  • Hakuba HG-503MX carbon fiber tripod ~$275 and Manfrotto 701RC2 fluid mini head: ~$150

Dolly

  • Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly Traveler (version 2): ~$580 (with Manfrotto plate: ~$70)

Stabilization

  • Manfrotto 894CX carbon fiber monopod: ~$180

Carry case

  • PortaBrace carry bag CS-DC2R: ~$100
  • LowPro backpack: ~$150
  • Hakuba tripod case (holds tripod, monopod, and Pocket Dolly Traveler): ~$40

Kurt Lancaster, PhD, is the author of “DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video, Focal Press, 2011.” He teaches digital filmmaking at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication.

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