my filmmaking gear as a beginner

My Filmmaking Gear as a Beginner

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So, despite having studied film for a long time, I just recently got into filmmaking. I’m having a lot of fun figuring out cameras and lenses and audio. But I don’t really have any real fancy equipment yet because I’m still starting out and don’t have a lot of money to invest yet. So, I thought I’d share my filmmaking gear as a beginner in case it’s helpful to any new filmmakers or YouTubers out there.


Obviously, the most important piece of filmmaking gear (though I’m learning that if you’re going to invest in anything, invest in lenses). So, I actually got my camera a while ago because I wanted it for taking pictures for social media and potentially a YouTube channel (which I’m finally starting next month). I own a Canon Rebel T6i, and I like it a lot. It does what I need it to do. It shoots in 1080 HD, though not 4k if that’s what you’re looking for. It does shoot at 24 fps. It has built-in Wi-Fi, which honestly I’ve never used it so I can’t speak to it. It goes up to 12800 ISO. It’s not amazing in low light, but it’s fine enough. It’s also great for filming videos of yourself because it has a display screen that pops out so you can see yourself as you record.

It’s difficult to find just the body of the camera now because there are newer versions of this camera, but you can still get a bundle with a lens that I’ll go into next. Unless you want the lens or you’re just trying to get any lens, you’re probably better off getting the camera body used. It’s also roughly the same price to upgrade to the T7i or T8i so you might be better off doing that.


I have two lenses, an EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens that came with the camera and an EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM wide lens I bought separately. It’s good to have a zoom lens and a wide lens that I can switch between. They’re like average lenses, but for right now, they do the job I need them to do. Right now, I’m hoping to stay with a zoom lens since they seem more versatile to me than prime lenses, which cost quite a bit of money. My goal is to eventually upgrade to a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, but it’s really expensive.


So, I’m discovering that audio is pretty complicated, and there’s a lot of different systems you can go with. For right now, I’m using a shotgun mic, which means it goes on top of the camera. I started with a more basic Rode mic that still got the job done, which is their Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone. But the audio wasn’t quite what I was looking for, though it wasn’t bad. Audio is so important because people will stick around for not great video, but they will not stick around for bad audio. So, I recently upgraded to the Rode VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone. I like it a lot better.


So, the tripod that I use apparently isn’t sold anymore. I have a Sunpak Ultra 7000TM tripod, and it’s solid enough. If you’re looking for a really good tripod brand, Manfrotto seems to be good, if more expensive. Personally, I’m hoping to save up for a Flycam Redking because I need another stabilizer that isn’t a tripod.

Currently, I don’t really have a lens filter that I would recommend, and I’m not using an external monitor yet. I’m also rocking window light as my lighting source because, uh, lighting is super expensive. I can tell you that I’m hoping to save up for PolarPro Variable ND filters. But as far as lighting goes, I’m not sure yet.

I hope this filmmaking gear guide helps you figure out what gear you want to invest in as a beginner. It’s a decent gear setup for a YouTuber too. Feel free to comment below with your own filmmaking gear or ask any questions!

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Erin Lafond

Erin Lafond is a freelance writer and aspiring filmmaker. She's obsessed with superheroes and love stories. She's also a new mom, so she writes about that a lot.

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