The filmmaker's kit guide: 10 essential items you shouldn't leave the studio without

Peruse the sites of video equipment sellers and you’ll soon be overwhelmed by the sheer number of gadgets and accessories you can buy. In your initial foray into fimmaking, however, you should stick to the essentials. Here are the 10 must-have items you’ll need before embarking on your first shoot.

The first thing you'll need is a camera or camcorder to capture your footage on. We've listed a couple of exceptional examples below that can capture professional-grade footage without breaking the bank. Below these are our set of 'must-have' accessories to ensure you're ready for most common shooting setups.

Digital SLR

Recommended model: Canon EOS 5D Mk 11

Around £1,250 plus VAT (body only),


Recommended model: Sony NEX VG20

Around £1,000 plus VAT,

Full-size microphone

Recommended model: Røde NTG-2

£141 plus VAT,

Lapel microphone

Recommended model: Audio Technica Pro 70

£97.49 plus VAT,


Recommended model: Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro

£141.62 plus VAT,

Light rig

Recommended model: PhotoSEL LS21E52 Professional Lighting Kit 

£99.99 plus VAT,

Field recorder

Recommended model: Zoom h4n

£174.95 plus VAT,

Memory cards

Recommended model: SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC 64GB

£84.70 plus VAT,

Field monitor

Recommended model: Lilliput 668GL

£137.50 plus VAT,

Jib crane

Recommended model: Hague Handy Jib

£92 plus VAT,


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