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So i'm tryin to get a friend whos been doin these amazing videos with his T2i (even before he got his T2i) some new equipment for his birthday with the help of all my friends chipping in...

3 things list priority

Mic
Tripod
Lens


As for the mic, im lookin at the Rode VideoMic... is there something else to consider b/c i found out the t2i has a mic input so it should work perfectly...

As for tripod, some low $100ish combination of head n legs by manfrotto...?? anything specific???

And as for the lens (since hes been using a 18-55mm kit lens), a 50mm f1.8 EF MK II (considering to look for the MK I because it was overall built better than the MKII, metal mount, and distance scale)

do these sound good to you guys to fit under each of the categories or do you think there is something better?
 
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post #2 of 8
Anything of his on YouTube?
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not sure why his youtube matters. just ask what he normally shoots lolz

for a microphone you cant get a better bang for your buck microphone than the Rode Videomic the next best thing for a rail mounted mini shotgun is the Sennheisser MKE400 which is also nice but almost the same quality as the Rode. the only other alternative is to look into DSLR preamps for him to have better audio control or a separate external sound recorder like the Zoom H4n. with a preamp he would be able to plug in XLR mics to his T2i such as lavalier microphones or the allmights boom mic that is pretty much the goto mic for most shooters but it depends on your style and what you shoot

for tripod while manfrotto is a great name brand company that has awesome setups. there are other brands out there but as a video person he will really appreciate the manfrotto because they can take a serious beating

with lenses if he only shoots video with his T2i look into the rokinon/samyang primes they have a 14 f2.8, 35 f1.4, and 85 f1.4 all manual focus lenses that are affordable and excellent quality especially for video. they will be easier to work with than a zoom lens that is tough to focus with especially in video mode.



here are some things that idk if he has that a DSLR shooter would love to have that would show how cool of a friend you are: a shoulder mount DSLR rig with a follow focus (they do exist in the under billion dollar range lolz), an LED mini panel light that mounts on the hotshoe of the camera, a small 3 point light kit (a cheap gel pack and wood clothes pins go great with this as a extra small gift), reflectors with a large color balance card pack that offers warm and cool WB with pure white on the back of each card. as i think of more ideas ill post them wink.gif
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post #4 of 8
youll be hard pressed to find a solid manfrotto <100. you might be better off finding a no name carbon fiber tripod vs. <100 manfrotto.

manfrotto makes good stuff, but once u drop under the 150 dollar threshold they seem to be as solid as a 20 dollar walmart special.
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http://youtu.be/cV3AbmHZfds - this was a video made with my camera when i had the 50mm f/1.8 for club video 2010. won 1st place in international convention...

http://youtu.be/2DZZPatzSw8 - this was a video made with both his and mine.. club video 2011.. won 2nd place in district.. not sure for international yet.. concept was from a CoD video xD

http://youtu.be/X_9sclVs3a0 - random video that was made with some effects from after affects xD
http://youtu.be/bS042c2Hc2M - similar to above video..

rode videomic is probably best way to go. the zoom h4n is way out of budget for now.. maybe in the future

we want to build our own shoulder rig as those good ones are REALLLLLY expensive..

@mz-n10 - not under 100... between 100 - 150.. i guess it doesnt have to be manfrotto specifically... i remember there being some other company that was recommended to be before..
 
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<150 is a much better range for legs

link I have played with the tracker2 before and its rock solid. downside is that it also weights 7lbs....
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not sure why his youtube matters. just ask what he normally shoots lolz

Just curious.

Annnnd I figure watching the videos may be useful information in helping recommendations in well... what he wants to shoot...video...

lolz?
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a lot of the videos, we had to do video and audio separately.. either it was too quiet from being "too far" or background was too noisy.. etc.. hence why the top importance is the mic.

at this point, may consider the Zoom H1 as it seems to do fairly well compared to the Rode VideoMic and i think having the ability to use it on not only DSLRs with mic inputs, but all other ones too (like my d5k) as well as being able to connect headphones to it to listen to what is being recorded live is a plus
Edited by iandroo888 - 5/5/12 at 2:12pm
 
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