Equipment

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Camera Bodies and Lenses

Canon Rebel T3

This is an entry level DSLR camera that is good for getting started in photography. It does have video capability, but has several limitations, including severe limitations in autofocus. Built in sound is unacceptable for publication and requires an external microphone.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens

This is a stock lens that is generally sold with the camera body. This is a basic starter package for entry level DSLRs.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens – Fixed

If you are looking to upgrade your capabilities with your entry level DSLR, this lens is an inexpensive option to upgrade the quality of your photos for more close up photography and/or even portraits.

Canon 5DS

This is a great camera for the serious photographer. It provides excellent quality photographs with a high amount of detail. It also has 4k video capabilities, though 1080 is still recommended for ease of editing. Auto focus is still limited, as with most DSLRs, but the image quality is excellent.

100mm Macro Lens

This lens is great for macro photography. It has a fixed focal point and does not zoom, but gives an incredible image quality for up-close photography where detail is required. This lens is great for up close videography, but another lens will be required for almost all videography situations.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

This is a great versatile lens that is great for use with both video and photography.

Sony FDR-AX100 4k Video Camera.

This is a great option for a dedicated video camera. This camera can shoot in manual mode, much like a DSLR for those who are experienced in photography. The autofocus is excellent and runs incredibly smooth which gives it a huge edge over DSLR cameras. This camera also shoots in 4k, though 1080 is still recommended in most situations for ease of editing. The lens is not removable, so no other lens purchases required.

 

Sony Mirrorless A6300


This camera may have the most bang for your buck. It takes fairly good photos, but the video capabilities on this camera are incredible for the price. This camera has the ability to shoot in 4k, but 1080 is still recommended in most situations for ease of editing. It has the ability to shoot with manual settings, has excellent autofocus, and has built in capabilities to be able to cast to TVs, phones, computers, and tablets to use as external monitors.

E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens


This lens offers a great amount of versatility with a great picture. This is a great standard starter lens to get you going with your Sony mirrorless camera.

 

Lighting Equipment

Studio Soft Boxes

This is a great starter package for lighting equipment. Be sure to use high wattage LED daylight bulbs in the boxes for the best quality. The light is well diffused, but you will require shooting at a higher ISO than you might desire. The price is so low that you might be willing to make the sacrifice in brightness.

 

LED Lighting

This is great lighting at a very reasonable price. The brightness is adjustable and you can even buy versions where the color is adjustable as well. The barn doors allow you to control the direction of the lighting. This lighting can be quite harsh and I highly recommend using several layers of diffuse material in order to soften the light.

Other Lighting


Pair this Aputure Light Dome with the Aputure Light Storm for an incredibly soft, diffused lighting effect that comes very close to mimicking natural light. This is great for beauty face shots, as well as a natural light effect for macro videography.

 

Audio Recording

Entry Level Set Up

Pair a Sony ECMCS3 Clip style Omnidirectional Stereo Microphone with a  Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder for a great, easy to use starter kit that will have fairly good audio. This set up only works for one source sound.

Mid Range Set Up

Zoom H6 can record up to 6 microphones at the same time.

Sennheiser SEEW112PG3A  112-p G3 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME 2 Lavalier Mic.

Tripods

Vanguard Alta 234AP makes for a great starter tripod. It has the ability to shoot straight down, no over-arm extension required.

 

If you are looking for a versatile tripod the Alta 263AP offers an overhead arm extension which keeps tripod legs out of the way for easy overhead shooting.