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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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Must have Accessories

Just wondering what every thinks their must have have accessories are for this camera? Doesn't matter the reason you use this camera just want to hear everyones opinion.

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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:55 PM   #2
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A couple two or three extra batteries, the DM-50 microphone, the VL-3 video light, and the WD-H43 wide angle adapter. Also the Canon CB-2LT batt charger, and a decent soft case to hold the entire kit plus tapes. Those are my top choices.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #3
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living in Santa Cruz, I'd get a uv filter to protect the lens and the auto lens cap from the sea spray and sand

And a polarizing filter
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Old June 13th, 2007, 08:06 PM   #4
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Agree with Chris + Cineform, Decklink card, Good Monopod
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Old June 13th, 2007, 10:32 PM   #5
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Definitely a hood and/or UV filter mainly to stop reflections from the polished ring surrounding the lens barrel. Outdoors, depending on the angle of sunlight the reflection is very distracting basically renders comissioned footage useless.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 07:48 AM   #6
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A couple two or three Canon NB-2LH high capacity batts
Chris, isnt the NB-2LH battery lower capacity than the BP-213? I was reading on the B&H site and its not only cheaper but shows lower mah.

Just wondering because I purchased 2 of the BP-213 =(

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Old June 14th, 2007, 08:18 AM   #7
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Oops! Thanks for catching my mistake, Steve. I've edited my original post to simply say "extra batteries."
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Old June 14th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #8
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THe canon wide angle lens(mine is on back order with b&h for who knows how long), rode video mic is a must. and if you take far away shots a telephoto lens. extra batteries.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:32 PM   #9
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Hi -
Must haves -

The bigger battery is a 2L14 - a couple of those...

a wide angle lens

a mini SD stick so you can get the readout of camera settings and stills if you want

some form of stabilizer - with this cam you need something, big time - I'm OK with my flash bracket rig, as long as not zoomed too much - tripod if you don't mind static shots.

External mic is another must have after listening to the internal ones...

might wants:
hood

UV and polarizer probably good to have.

if shooting a lot of super low light footage, a light is a good idea, but this cam can do amazingly well in low light already

Given the OIS, I'd forget the telephoto offhand unless you're tripod mounted - the OIS is barely able to deal with the internal zoom level
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Old June 24th, 2007, 11:14 AM   #10
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Didn't mean to bring this post out from the dead, but I am going to be buying some stuff today. Some people mentioned a UV Filter for the camera, any particular one or anything that fits will do?
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Old June 24th, 2007, 02:07 PM   #11
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Try to get a coated uv and not just a plain glass type.
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Old July 1st, 2007, 02:25 AM   #12
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For general hand held holiday shooting the optional WS20 hand strap is a must, at least for me, there are zillions of steps in Greece. Also I use the HAMA 43mm lens hood, and an AT822 mics pop filter fitted over the cam mic.
blocks 95% of any wind.

And I chanced upon one of those small table tripods with bendable legs, great for stable very low angle shots.
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Old July 1st, 2007, 02:48 AM   #13
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Pics of Setup

Allan, would you happen to have any pics of your setup?

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Old July 1st, 2007, 04:11 AM   #14
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Sorry Saul, no I haven't at present. Meanwhile here's the large filter, there's an opening on the other side for the AT mic. That opening fits over the HV20s cam mic. and I fit a tight elastic band around the filter and cam to hold it in place.
You can scissor the filters opening to better fit the curve of the cams body to not have any air gaps, any at all even pin holes and you'll hear wind. It works by having the filters interior hole right over the mic. By the time 'average' wind gets in there it's stopped..... very high winds I go indoors.

This is a large filter and you gotta hold it with some care to stop hand noise. It doesn't look good at all, I don't care, any wind destroys the shoot for me. I use it all the time outdoors.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...en_Large_.html
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Old September 20th, 2007, 05:05 PM   #15
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Can anyone recommend a mini tripod with a fluid head -- something that would fit in a back pack, ideally less than 15 inches long when folded and around 50 inches when fully extended? The ones around that size that I found by googling didn't have a fluid head.
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