I have been asked very frequently what I would recommend as equipment to make iPhone Films. Well, here it is! A full image gallery of the equipment I own and use depending on the project. I still stick to my thoughts that the best equipment is that which fits your specific project. But if you want it all; here is a great starting point!
Here is the list!
- Fly-X3 Plus Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer
- Feiyu Steady Gimbal with carbon fiber extension rods for some amazing sweeping, overhead, crane shots.
- GripGear’s IndieSolo Steady Cam Rig (really quite amazing and an amazing company!)
- Beastgrip Rig. Including DoF adapter and my canon lenses mainly use my 50mm 1.4 (allows the attachment of DSLR lenses to your iPhone. It truly is a BEAST)
- Olloclip Lens attachments (polarizing lens being the most used piece of glass I utilize)
- Lens Baby Lens attachment for those crazy shots
- Glidecam Steadycam
- Amazon Basics Tripod for basic still shots (you can get ball head attachments and stronger tripods, which I own too, but for the lightweight iPhone this works fine!)
- Zoom H1 Recorder and Lav (off camera sound is always the way to go although the next item is making me change that thought, although I will always say stick with Zoom products they are high quality!)
- Zoom iQ5 (this little beast plugs directly into the lightning adapter and has truly amazing sound, rivaling the H1 and lav)
- 2 iPhone 6’s the Plus and regular 6. It is important to have a backup and dedicated shooter with any shoot.
- iPad Air (uses are often for clapboard, shotlisting, etc)
- Blackwing Gun handle mounts. Great for run and gun or standing pans, tilts, etc.
- Shoulder rig for those music video shots. No specific brand, they all do the same thing.
- Gorilla Pod, so many uses! Check the Behind the Scenes from Romance in NYC to see it in use!
- A ton of iPhone holders for attachment to tripods, rigs etc. My main one being Reti-Cam (super solid design)
- Anker Battery Backup(can charge the phone from 0-100 8 times)
- APC battery backup (cheap on ebay and works great charged phone 2 times)
- iClever car charger with four ports to charge all accessories.
- A selfie stick for… yeah still not sure why, my parents got it for me for Christmas as a joke lol
- a GoPro for behind the scenes and wide angle shots(includes a ton of body rigs)
- Desktek 3D headset, can be drilled to have a hole for the camera so you can shoot some great PoV
- Extra tripods, monopods, mini tripods, etc.
I plan to add some rail systems and 3 axis gimbals to the mix soon to accommodate the Beastgrip.
Here are some more photos of all the equipment. As you can see, even when shooting on an iPhone or mobile device it is important to have the proper equipment, filmmaking 101 knowledge, and know how to apply it. However your equipment gets smaller, is easier to travel with, and can spur some truly creative shots!
I have been running the same setup for hand held camera support systems for a few years now. I figured, hey if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Oh boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong. To me it is extremely important to have a hand strap for my camera, I rarely have the “Canon Strap” around my neck and have very steady hands so I just need something to attach that camera to my hand without any fear of it losing its grip. So I bought a cheap Amazon hand strap and stuck it over the normal Canon neck strap, just to have the option to hang it around my neck during breaks.
Problem is breaks are supposed to give you a… wait for it… break. My neck was telling me a different story. Especially for on location shoots, behind the scenes, and other shoots that I could be lifting my camera up to my face more than 1000 times in a 15 hour day. Also my hand strap had a tendency to cut into my hand too roughly. But what did I expect for a few bucks… But come on I use these things constantly why hadn’t I invested?!?!
Well let me tell you about my new setup and why I think this system is pretty much my last stop shop for camera support from now on…
Not only are these made out of quality materials and sturdy as all getup, they provide a comfort level with their cushy neoprene padding with binding. When this thing goes around my hand or my shoulder, I can feel the grip holding it in place and there is no indents left in my hands afterwards. I could use this for hours without getting fatigue and that is KEY. For me I was always getting pains.
Here are the tech specs for the Strap system:
- Split Strap Technology™: Distributes weight evenly to reduce pain/fatigue and provides superior ventilation
- Camera sits at your side and glides up the strap, allowing you to take pictures quickly
- Unique Ergonomic Design: Conforms to shoulder for unparalleled comfort
- Swiveling Quick Release Buckles: Rotates for maximum flexibility and detaches for increased mobility
- Silicone Print: Reduces slippage
- High Quality Material and Construction: Cushy neoprene padding with binding
So not only are you rocking some amazing quality products you get the support you need and a cool form factor to boot. (Gotta look cool when you shoot too!)
Here is my instagram version of looking cool:
But let’s talk about ease of use: These have multiple disconnect points for your tripod or mono pod if you need to get it on it quickly as well as a quick release on the strap itself to free yourself of the shoulder strap. Genius.
I combined the strap with the hand grip and my biggest gripe with my old hand grip was when I put a Tripod or Monopod into it, getting out our required serious effort or pliers. This has a dual system screw so you never get stuck, literally. Attaching the glide one shoulder strap does take away your ability to put it on a monopod quickly, but they have adapters for situations like that where you can have all of these together with a plate that can also have a spot for a tripod/monopod. For my needs, I just disconnect the shoulder strap if I go with that system and it works great! Having the hand strap with a monopod is what I need anyway!
Here are some closeups of the hand grip with the glide one strap system attached:
Tech Specs for the Hand Grip:
- Compatible with Custom SLR C-Loop Strap Mounts
- Ergonomic fit and design
- Silicone prints on the back for better grip
- Made from a comfortable neoprene material
- Works with most SLR cameras with hand strap mount or battery grip
The best part of this for me was no longer needing to release my hand strap to get to the battery. This has enough room to just pull it right out!
Overall this thing is built tough, comfortable, has a cool C-Loop which according to their website provides all of this:
- Eliminate Strap Interference: Quicker access, flexibility and improved handling.
- Smooth Rotation: The C-Loop swivels 360 degrees to reduce tangling and for smooth panning
- Low Profile: Makes it easier to transition from landscape to portrait shots
- Increased Security: Lens comfortably tucks away making mobility easy in tight or crowded areas
- Compatibility: Works with existing camera straps and all devices with a tripod mount
And according to my tests it is extremely accurate.
- Easy to attach and detach from the camera both the shoulder system and hand strap
- Sold durable materials
- Great adjustment tools
- Looks cool
- Takes the weight off your neck
- Allows for an easy quick shoot approach
- The C-Loop for no tangled messes
- Cannot use the shoulder strap and the C-loop with a tripod or monopod without a third attachment plate.
- A little bit too much legnth on the original strap requiring you to cut and burn the edges to not have it hanging all over the place. A cable management for this would have been more ideal so not to have to cut it and regret it if you ever needed it to be longer.
Overall: I give this product a 5 out of 5 because of it’s affordable price, build quality, and overall health benefits to using it on a regular basis. I used this for a 6 hour on location shoot and not once did I get that neck pain I am so used to. So in my eyes it worth every penny just for that.
Check out all they have to offer at: http://www.customslr.com/
They also threw in an extra bonus of some ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade
They are cool, but not for my taste. I like to feel the smooth button versus the grip for that perfect half push lock focus. It was harder with this attached to the camera. But hey, it was an extra and some people may like them.