Sandisk Extreme 16GB 45MB/s
Fast enough for DSLRs
Splitting footage between 16GB cards is good practice in case something goes wrong with one
Sandisk Extreme Pro 32GB 95MB/s
Fast enough for 4K internal recording with GH4.
32GB holds around 40mins of footage
Lanparte Portable Battery
Provides about 7 hours of battery life, don’t have to swap out batteries hourly on a shoot
Holds up pretty good after a year of use
Great value, much cheaper than other external batteries
Much cheaper than official canon batteries
Have positive reviews – should be almost as good as canon
Giottos MH621 Quick Release adapter
Buy a few, mount them to you tripod, rig, steadicam, etc, then you can quickly swap between them without switching plates!
Solid build quality
1/4″ or 3/8″ mounts
Cheaper than more popular manfrotto plates
Kamerar QV-1 Viewfinder
Quick release – can still be used with cameras that have a swivel screen.
Build quality isn’t great, feels very plastic
No Lens cap
Adds stability, magnifies screen for focusing, and blocks sunlight from reflecting on screen
Solves the CarrySpeed problem of offsetting the camera! Find out more..
Great for filming yourself – set focus when you are in-front of the camera.
Can be used on a rig to create a start/stop recording button
Enable one large filter (77mm or 82mm) to be mounted on any lens
Buy one filter, and then adapter it to each smaller lens with the required step ring: eg 72mm – 77mm
Cold shoe adapter
Adapts any 1/4″ thread to support a cold shoe accessory
Great with off camera flashes, rode videomics etc
Lens Cap 77mm
Solid lens cap with centre pinch
Good to have a few spare in case lost or broken
Hex Key Multi-Tool
All filmmakers should have a set of hex keys (aka allen wrenches)
Multi-Tool includes all the sizes you’ll need, in one package for convenience.
Lens Cleaning Blower
Best way to safely remove dust from lens
Zeiss Lens Wipes
For more persistent dust or fingerprints
Hundred of uses: hanging up gels, reflectors, fabrics,
Essential in every lighting kit.
If you have any lights with aren’t battery powered, this is an absolute necessity.
“Slip-over” design means they are more effective at blocking wind
For a range of microphones, including Rode VideoMic + VideoMic Pro
Rode Micro Boom pole
Great value boom pole, not the longest, but perfect for a first boom
3/8″ thread attachment
Rode PG-1 Grip
Handgrip is great for foley, room tone etc
Allows quick mounting for rode videomics to a boom pole
Professional, balanced cable
Extremely well built, will last a lifetime
More rugged than 3.5mm connectors, less vulnerable to interference.
Rode VC1 MiniJack Cable
CaseLogic Flight Case
Can carry a full audio kit: $600 Audio Kit (except from boom-pole)
Great for general travel, but probably not strong enough for a plane
Not waterproof, or shock proof, but still very useful
Boom Pole Holder
Great for improving the acoustics of a studio.
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Spare 9V Battery
If you have battery powered microphones or audio recorders, having a spare battery is essential.
The batteries usually last months, but you wouldn’t want to be stuck without a microphone during a shoot.