Getting into Video (and Photography)Published 2021-9-21
Recently I've had a few different people ask me about getting into camera gear for video or photography.
Here's my list of references for learning and what to buy.
Before you Buy
You'll do better with an iPhone X (or later) for point-and-shoot video.
Don't invest in a camera unless you've already bought ProMovie+ for your iPhone and you've maxed out what decent lens on a phone with great software can do.
- Photography Composition Masterclass by Mark Timberlake $20 and worth every penny
- DSLR Video Shooting by Dave Dugdale Free
- Video Editing with DaVinci Resolve by Casey Faris Free or Paid
- Full-Time Filmmaker by Parker Walbeck Free or Paid
For video you'll want a Canon with Dual Pixel AutoFocus. Or a Sony, if you swing that way.
- Canon T7i or T8i: https://amzn.to/3EH6HzG
- Canon SL2 or SL3: https://amzn.to/2XLchQR
- Don't go lower than the Canon SL2 or T7i for video except...
- Canon T3i through T5i (for Magic Lantern only)
- Sigma 17-50mm https://ebay.us/BBf5dv $300
- Note: one of the things I really love about Sigma is the true manual focus - it's much more precise than digital-manual focus.
- Canon 55-250 f4.5-5.6
Note: the "nifty 50" is great for photography, but not as versatileas a zoom lens... but it may still be worth it for the f/1.8 for max bokeh. You'll have to weigh it out for yourself. If you're not heavily focus on still portraits, wait and get it later.
- Zoom H1n: https://amzn.to/39rYhhe
- Waka Rapid Camera Neck Strap: https://amzn.to/3kqkm62
By AJ ONeal
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