We recently purchased a new camera and several accessories so that we could begin exploring the world of DSLR video. I’ve learned very quickly that there are a lot of fantastic pros, but definitely several cons to this equipment. The greatest advantage would definitely be the quality of image. These lenses pack a punch at a very small price compared to standard video cameras. This single advantage could be broken down into several categories, but I’ll keep it simple by saying that this pro far outweighs any con that I’ve seen.
Probably the most difficult challenge that I’ve faced is the 12 minute recording limit on individual clips. This can be overcome with different hacks, but that’s not really my style. It also should be noted that you cannot simply purchase a DSLR with a lens and expect a great video experience straight out of the box. Accessories are a must and there is quite a bit of a learning curve. Finally, a lot of DSLR enthusiasts would point out that our budget-friendly camera, the Canon 60D, does not have a full sensor. This affects several things on the camera, but the most noticeable has been having to purchase lenses with smaller focal lengths. For example, we started with a 50mm lens, but I felt like I had to be a mile away from my subject to get a good shot. So, we returned it for a 35mm so that we could be closer.
With a budget of about $2,500, we were able to hand-select a package that has been great for us as we learn. I would really recommend it to anyone who is interested in shooting video for interviews, event coverage, or mini-movies.
What we bought:
- Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera (Body Only) – $599
- Three Year Warranty For Camera – $124
- Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens – $649
- SanDisk 64GB SDXC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 – $119
- Canon LP-E6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack – $59
- Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder (w/ 2 year warranty) – $290
- Pelican 1510 Carry On Case with Foam Set – $150
- Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Head & 755XB Tripod – $300
- Canon Hand Strap E2 – $45
What we’ll be buying next:
- Camera-mounted shotgun mic
- Collapsible reflector disc
- Small shotgun rig
- White balance card set
Do you shoot video with a DSLR? What equipment do you use?