DSLR Gear to Get You That Pro Look While on a Budget

I came from a broadcasting background and grew up with camcorders, so I was weary when the first DSLR cameras hit the market with video capabilities.  Can DSLR’s do a better job with video?  As the years passed, I have to say DSLR cameras recording video is not a fad, it’s here to stay.

Point & Shoot (POS) cameras and camcorders are on a downward slide, while DSLRs are on the upswing, and in these next two years it will be an awesome time for fans of DSLRs.  The two big companies – Canon and Nikon, are waging a DSLR battle.  Just this year – Canon released the 5D Mark 3 ($3,500USD), and Nikon released two cameras- the D3200($700USD) and the D800 ($3000USD).  Starting later this year or early 2013, Nikon will be releasing the D5200, D400, and D800 and Canon will be releasing the T4i, 7D Mark 2 and 70D and you can expect incredible audio and video recording capabilities.

With all these cameras and lenses to spend money on, you might be thinking I don’t have too much leftover cash to spend on professional or prosumer gear like tripods, LED flashes, etc.  Wrong again.  Here’s some equipment on a budget that will make you look like a professional:

Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Fluid Video Monopod with Head

Sometimes just carrying a tripod is a lot of work and a hassle. Well this Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Fluid Video Monopod can also act like a tripod, though, you need somewhat of a steady hand.

MSRP:  $268.41USD

Buy it @ Amazon.com – Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Fluid Video Monopod with Head.


Lighting is very important as you will quickly find out, especially when you do a gig.  Here are some solutions:

Yongnuo Flash Speedlite Yn-460ii

This is a flash cube that is very inexpensive and easy to use.  I have a couple of these and they have higher versions, but for me this is good enough.

MSRP:  $44.31USD

Buy it @ Amazon.com – Yongnuo Flash Speedlite Yn-460ii.


Cowboy Studio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Trigger for External Speedlights with 1 Trigger and 2 Receivers (NPT-04+extra receiver)

The Cowboy Studio NPT-044 is the “best bang for your buck” wireless trigger setup.

MSRP:  $28.99USD

Buy it @ Amazon.com Cowboy Studio NPT-04 Speedlight.


Vidpro Z-96K Professional Photo & Video LED Light Kit

This is the LED light I brought.  There are cheaper ones out there, but I like the design where you can stack multiple LED arrays.

MSRP:  $169.00USD

Buy it @ Amazon.com – Vidpro Z-96K LED Light Kit.


And if you are either a Canon or Nikon fan, check out these sites for more rumors and news.

Canon:  www.canonrumors.com

Nikon:  www.nikonrumors.com

Contributors:  Josh Ong, Ethan Lee, and Stephen Jang

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