How to get 2 Cameras, 2 Lenses, and 2 Tripods for under $3000

I recently got an email question from a reader asking me what gear would best fit his needs. I thought I would share my answer with you guys. After talking a little, we came up with this wish list for a kit.

The idea camera. Hardly under $3000 though.

The ideal camera. Hardly under $3000 though.

Kit Wish List:

  • Needs to be under $3000
  • Decent low-light capability
  • Two Cameras would be important
  • Will need to do slow motion
  • Lenses need to be included
  • Tripods have to be in the kit

If you ask me, thats a tall order for that budget! Luckily, he would be shooting music videos, so audio equipment wouldn’t have to be a big part of the kit.

The hardest part for me was to get two cameras with decent slow motion AND lenses to fit within the budget. But I was able to make it work!

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How I Film and Edit My Videos

In this video I break down my production and post production process for filming my show. Check out the gear list below.

UPDATE: If your using FCP X you’d be much better off editing WITHIN the multi cam instead of creating a project and pasting your camera angles there. That said, if you in FCP 7 or Premiere, the method I used in the video will work fine.

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Filming Japan: A Journey Between Tradition And Modernity

This is a Guest Post by Nick Arcivos and Ryan Earl on how they filmed this great project about Japan. Enjoy!

This short film presents Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo and Nara through authentic scenes of Japanese lifestyle. It was shot in 2 weeks and was created by Nick Arcivos and Ryan Earl from AmnesiArt. They share their insights on how they shoot the film, what gear they use and why they chose it.

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Ended – Giveaway from Filmlooks.com: The Film Leaders Collection

UPDATE: Congratulations to our 10 winners!

This week, 10 people will walk away with a copy of this fancy bundle of pure goodness from FILMLOOKS

These are scans of authentic film leaders. What you usually find on the internet are cheap imitations created with motion graphic software but this is the real thing. Most of them probably made the drive-ins in the 40′s, 50′s, 60′s or 70′s. That’s film history on your hard drive.

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Panasonic GH4 Pricing and Order Information Available

Update: Looks like the camera WILL be able to record 4K without an external recorder. It’ll require a UHS Class III card, but it is supposedly possible. (via 4/3 Rumors).

We now have the GH4 pricing! Wow… I gotta say I’m very impressed with how affordable this camera is (see GH4 pricing below).

Credit: Gizmodo Japan

Credit: Gizmodo Japan

So, we now have a 4K, 1080p with 60fps, clean HDMI out, 10 bit, XLR capable, weather sealed camera for around $3,000 AND a body only option for just under $1,700… Wow.

gh4Panasonic GH4 Body Only $1,698

  • 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
  • UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Monitor
  • 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder
  • Support for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, & 24p
  • 4:2:2 8-Bit or 10-Bit HDMI Output
  • High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather-Sealed Body

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