A few of you were asking about the DSLR FILM NOOB studio, so I thought I’d give you a quick walk through. The studio is currently a disaster area right now. I’ve been in and out on a number of jobs and instead of putting things away I’ve been leaving stuff on the floor and other random places. Not exactly the best organizational strategy. Tomorrow might end up being a cleaning day.

DSLR FILM NOOB behind the scenes  (1 of 1)

As you probably know I often shoot on the 5d mark III or Canon c100, but those cameras are often buried in a camera bag and packed for travel. For that reason I keep a Canon t2i with a Canon 17-35mm f2.8 lens around the studio for quick bits of filming for youtube. Underneath of that is a Beachtek DXA-SLR audio adapter with a XLR splitter attached. Audio comes from either a boom mic mounted under the camera or a wireless pack.

For my own reference and framing I have a Smallhd DP4 attached. Magic Lantern provides the audio level meters and a simple Canon RC-1 is used to start/stop recording and focus the shot. This setup does a great job and it’s a reasonably affordable solution for a lot of film making applications. Here’s the price breakdown:

The whole thing, minus a boom mic and monitor will set you back just under $1000. While that is still a decent chunk of change, it’s about the same price or a little under something like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera which doesn’t come with anything but a camera body and a battery. While the t2i and BMPCC have a lot of differences, the t2i still stacks up pretty well in the price to value category.

There are many arguments about how much resolution the t2i actually provides, I would say the t2i is a good base line. If the image you get from a camera looks as good or better than a t2i, you’re working in a good spot. People get pretty excited about resolution, for me the first time I shot with a Canon t2i or a 5d mark II, I was impressed. Even though image quality in newer cameras has gotten better, it hasn’t changed my opinion about the Canon t2i. It’s still a great camera for the price.

If you guys like this kind of content, let me know and i’ll start putting out a few more behind the scenes bits like this on the second youtube channel.

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