Filmmaking gear is notoriously expensive. Although we don’t believe you need the priciest equipment to start making films, you should expect to spend a few thousand dollars to build out your first kit.
Luckily there are plenty of useful accessories that will cost you under $100. A new video from Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter breaks down some of the most useful low-cost camera accessories to build out your kit.
These are eight of Pike’s favorite pieces of filmmaking gear for under $100. To see links on where to buy them, visit the YouTube page.
If you want to see more great inexpensive video products, check out our earlier story with six useful filmmaking accessories for under $20.
#1 Neewer FW 759
This low-cost 7-inch HDMI monitor is under $100 and is an excellent tool for checking focus and composing images when you are shooting.
#2 Rode Go2
This compact mic attaches to the hot shoe of your camera, or you can connect it to a computer through a USBC cable for direct zero latency monitoring.
#3 Impact Light Stands
This 13-foot light stand is robust enough to support heavy lights, but folds down to a manageable size when traveling with gear. It’s also an air cushioned stand which makes raising lights a less cumbersome process. Impact also makes a combo boom arm stand with a built-in elbow—great for booming a microphone while filming. Both stands are currently under $100.
#4 Konica Vintage Lens
This 40mm F/1.8 lens is a super-fast lens that will give you beautiful shallow depth of field while shooting. It’s also a lens that can be adapted to almost any style of camera with the right lens adapter. It’s not the sharpest lens, but it will give your footage a unique vintage vibe.
#5 Nitze Top Handles
Top handle grips are extremely useful when shooting handheld footage with mirrorless or DSLR cameras and these top handles from Nitze come in two sizes. They have tons of mount points to add additional accessories.
#6 Nicey Rig Baseplate
This baseplate takes 15mm rods and has a center riser that can be set flush or raised up. It also features built-in rosettes, which is great for adding extension arms or handles for a more comfortable shooting experience.
#7 Aputure MC LED Light
This mini LED light costs under $100 and is an excellent tool for adding a bit of light into your scene while filming. It has a magnet back so you can easily mount it to anything and has HSI color control and a CCT range of 3200K-6500K.
#8 Falcom F22 Quick Release System
This lock-free system makes adding accessories to your shooting rig a quick and easy process.
Check out Pike’s video below for more details about these extremely useful filmmaking accessories that you can snag for under $100.