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By Steven Gladstone Entry level, starter kit, beginner. The words evoke the idea of something inexpensive that you start with and grow out of quickly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When I’m looking at an accessory, I look for what I need now, and what I may need a couple of years from now. I’m looking for room to grow, because what is the point of getting something now, if I’m going to have to pay more to buy a new version next year? Audio A good mic is important, especially when you are doing everything yourself without...

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By Jennifer Hahn If you’ve ever seen a “video village” on a set, you understand how quickly cables and monitor equipment fill the area, making it hazardous, not to mention limiting to a single area where you can pile people up to see the shot. And then there’s the wire nest that piles up around the camera, requiring multiple people to be huddled around the camera to set up a shot, making it necessary to have wired monitors close by. The cinematographer, AC, AD, focus puller, gaffer, and, of course, the director all have to check out how the lighting and framing...

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By Jennifer Hahn Stuck in the old days of blogging with only text? If you haven’t been paying attention, everybody is vlogging now. Since a whole new generation is living their lives online through video streams, vlogs, TikToks, YouTubes, Twitches, and Snapchats, let’s look at a few holiday gift options that can offer your favorite vlogger the best video gear. While some kits are compact enough to take your home studio with you, some vloggers may want to keep their home kit setup and add an ultra-lightweight action kit for when they’re out in the field for easy setup and portability. Adding an action camera...

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Best Vlogging Gear – Vlogger Starter Pack: Small camera: Canon PowerShot G7X (updated version: G7X Mark II) Best big camera (DSLR): Canon 70D Wide lens: Canon EF-S 10-18 mm Less wide lens: Sigma 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens for Canon Microphone: RODE VIDEOMICPRO Bundle | VIDEOMICPRO Camera Microphone and Deadcat VMPR Windshield Tripod: Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod Wind Muffler for small camera: Micromuff Skinny Wind Muffler Small camera spare battery: Canon G7X Spare Battery My old drone: DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone  My new drone: DJI Mavic Air Drone Editing software: Final Cut Pro X Since launching my vlog in 2016, I’ve had countless people ask me what vlogging equipment I use....

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