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     Brent Dunn updated 10 years, 1 month ago 7 Members · 19 Posts
  • Alan Miller

    January 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hello and Happy new year.

    I am hoping to start some corporate shoots for the first time this year and was wondering what advice you guys could give me on gear to compliment my EX1. My budget is around £1000 ( I do not know what the US equiv is) any advice on the below items, or anything else really, will be gladly accepted.



    Cheers guys


  • Craig Seeman

    January 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Do you have any other gear? That’s around $1600 USA I think.
    Adding Sennheiser wireless mic, small Lowell light kit, Sachtler FSB6 head with legs is likely to put you way over budget. That’s about £2000 give or take.

  • Alan Miller

    January 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Sorry to be vague, I already have a Manfrotto tripod kit and the Sony wide angle lens for the Ex1 and I am looking into a IR filter to get those blacks back.

    I was really thinking about Mics and Lighting kits. I will look into the two you have suggested. Is there a ‘standard’ for lighting, I know you need a Key, fill and back lights but what would be the best types?

    Would you choose wireless over Camera mic’s?


  • Ron Pestes

    January 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Checkout and take a look at the LED lights. They are good and also cheaper and smaller than flourecents. I have two of them and they work great for interviews.

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  • Craig Seeman

    January 7, 2011 at 12:26 am

    [Alan Miller] “I already have a Manfrotto tripod kit”
    Great because that means you should get close to your target.

    [Alan Miller] “Would you choose wireless over Camera mic’s?”
    Never use on camera mic unless you’re in a “backed into the corner” no choice run & gun situation.

    Are you just interviewing one person at a time? I like this.
    It includes one wireless receiver and a wireless lav and wireless hand held transmitter. The hand held helps for proper run and gun but you can get the kit with just the lav for less money if that’s all you need.
    The full kit (both lav and hand held xmitter) would probably be just over £600 my guess including VAT.

    For lighting this might be a good basic kit
    It gives you small softbox for key, another light for fill and back and one for background. You might consider a 55 instead of 44 for softbox.
    Given your budget you could start with this.
    The bigger 4 light kit might be around £900 which would put you over budget.
    The small 2 light kit might be just over £500 which would put you just slightly over budget assuming the full Sennheiser kit.

  • Craig Seeman

    January 7, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I’ve been looking at the Flolights as well. The FL-110AW look interesting because they’re dimmable, have barn doors, can be lit for both “indoor” and daylight color temperatures.
    I’m cautious about controlling them and getting the look I like with softbox and the moderately focusable Omni and Pro light. I like being able to spot things a bit. They look very good and their prices are very reasonable.

    Their LEDs are nice and a bargain price compared to others but the price might take up too much of Alan’s budget. Again I’d also be concerned about control and mixing with other light sources. This is daylight but it seems they have “indoor” on the way.

    I assume you’re using these Ron and like them. They have piqued my interest.

  • Clint Fleckenstein

    January 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I’ll second Craig on the DV Creator 44 light kit. We use those and I like them a lot (we order the ones with the hard case, they’re a little more money). It’s a good basic kit, well suited for interview work. Treated properly it’ll last forever, although I’ve noticed some fraying in our softbox covers from being folded to fit in the case.


  • Alan Miller

    January 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks everyone… Lots to go on

    I will be interviewing one person at a time for now 🙂 The sennheiser G3 looks pretty good although the £600ish will soak up alot of my budget…

    Thanks again for all the help


  • Craig Seeman

    January 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    You can buy with just the lav and receiver and save some money. The hand held mic plugin is primarily if you’re doing stand up ENG style interviews.

  • Alan Miller

    January 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I am now thinking that I will probably want a more versatile audio set-up. Not only for interviews but for outside ambient sounds too. Would something like a Sennheiser K6/Me66 kit be more practible or the Me67? Maybe on a boom pole for interviews. They are about £450 and £340 respectively here in the UK 🙂



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