Our New DSLR Video Kit

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:

What we’ll be buying next:

  • Camera-mounted shotgun mic
  • Follow-focus
  • Monopod
  • Viewfinder
  • Collapsible reflector disc
  • Small shotgun rig
  • White balance card set

Do you shoot video with a DSLR? What equipment do you use?


Kendall Conner

Kendall Conner serves as the Creative Pastor at Piedmont Chapel in Greensboro, NC. He is a graphic designer, video editor, and all-around media geek, but above all enjoys seeing lives changed. Together with his beautiful wife, Holly, they strive to use media to spread the message of Christ and equip others for ministry.


  1. I have a Canon t4i that I’ve been relatively pleased with, but haven’t busted it out yet for a video project. When recording audio, do you simply use the mics on the Zoom H4n, or do you currently plug other mics into it?

    • Kendall Conner : August 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

      I’ve done the audio both ways, but I’ll use external mics moving forward, I think. That will give my audio guy a little more control and we can get a little more coverage.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I’m looking into the Canon 70d in the future as my first video DSLR as a graduation present in december. I’m really looking forward to reading more posts as you experiment and get used to the differences that come with a DSLR.

    If you could, in the future I would love to hear what lenses you’re using, liking most, and anything else lens-related.

    I’m also just curious with general things that took getting used to. Maybe things related to importing video into your editor, camera setting, and other workflow things that the average user might not think of.

    I’m looking forward posts about your new camera! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hey I know this is late to the party but figured I’d share in case it ever helps:

    Nikon D5200
    Nikon D5100
    Rode NTG-3 Shotgun Mic
    Tascam Dr-100 MkII
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8
    Nikkor 35mm 1.8
    Sachtler Ace Tripod
    Manfrotto friction head tripod
    Hondo Garage “50 Dollar Follow Focus”
    Tiffen Neutral Density Filters
    VF-4 Viewfinder
    I built my own DSLR rig out of aluminum tubing and aluminum bar.

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