This blog post was written by StudioNow Creative Network Intern, Linsee Davis.

Filmmaking is by no means a cheap endeavor, but that doesn’t mean you have to go into debt to start your career in video. Here are a few gear options for new shooters at around $1,000. Once you start building your portfolio and acquiring paying clients you can upgrade and expand your equipment list. 

DSLR Camera:

Canon EOS Rebel T3i (Body Only) $499


Nikon D3300 w/18-55mm $496.95

Personally I am a Canon shooter, but Nikon’s D3300 is a very worthy competitor with a long battery life, and an ISO of 100-12,800. Canon’s T3i has a tilting viewfinder feature making different angles easier to capture. Whether you are a Canon or Nikon shooter, either DSLR is perfect for beginners with comparable prices at affordable rates.



Tamron Zoom Super Wide Angle 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens for Canon Digital EOS $199

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens $115



Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Nikon Digital SLR $199

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens $196.95

Although Canon’s 50mm lens has a fixed focal length, it captures beautiful footage. Check out this test footage filmed on the Canon T3i with the Canon 50mm lens. If you are looking for something that has a little more versatility, Tamron’s 18-200mm zoom lens is a great option for either camera. As for Nikon, you can never go wrong with a 35mm lens. Here is test footage filmed with the Nikon 35mm lens.


Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head $79.95

A tripod is essential for getting good stable footage, and they can get a little pricey.  The Magnus VT-300 can hold up to 15 pounds, and has a build in level to ensure you get the shot you are looking for without breaking the bank. This tripod is perfect for new shooters looking for a tripod to fit their needs.

Tip: use a rubber band when panning to help capture more fluid motion.


Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder $179.99


Zoom H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder $199.99


Lav mic:

Shure SM93 - Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone with Preamplifier $155

and room tone/ambient noise...

Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone  $91.99

Ahh, audio. We all know it can make or break a video, and DSLR’s don’t always capture the best quality. Having a good audio recorder, lavalier mic, and on camera mic is pertinent, especially for interviews. 

Whether you decide Canon or Nikon, they remain around the same price range, coming in around $1000.

Canon Total = $1,120.93 - $1224.93


Nikon Total = $1200.83 - $1222.88


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