Are you planning to start an adventure with the wedding industry? Wondering how much money do you need to start? We prove that just 10,000 are enough. PLN to complete good equipment for starters.
The wedding industry is developing very dynamically. Owing to modern, video clips, among young couples, the view disappears that it is better to give up the filmmaker, because we will receive a 2-hour movie about eating a cutlet. That's why many film enthusiasts try their hand at this industry. Undoubtedly, it is a market that, with the right skills, allows the filmmaker to make a good profit. However, to enter the adventure with filming weddings, you first need to find willing couples who will let the ace to your wedding and let you immortalize their day and secondly, you must have equipment that will allow you to record a good quality movie. Some say that 10,000 PLN is not enough for the camera itself. We will try to complete the whole set for this amount , which will allow you to record a good wedding video .
Camera for filming
Although the Canon EOS 5D Mark II has revolutionized the wedding industry, now only two companies produce cameras perfect for filming: Sony and Panasonic . Both producers fiercely compete in the field of film, with the weakness of the Panasonic cameras being small matrices that do not cope well with high ISO.During the wedding (dark church) and weddings (excluding the main lighting for the climate) it is important that the camera copes well with high ISO. In this respect Sony is definitely winning. The manufacturer currently has two cameras in their offer that combine great possibilities and a really reasonable price. The first one is Sony A6300. Equipped with an APS-C sensor, the camera is small, but it has a lot of possibilities. It works great with automatic sharpening, very good with high ISO. The camera filmed in Full HD and 4K, and although many complain that the 4K quality is not the best, the quality is quite adequate when rendering the movie in Full HD. With useful features, the camera also does not lack slow-motion mode of 120 fps. We can easily film all the time in 100 frames, and then postproduction to slow down the image at its discretion, because, when selecting the appropriate option, the camera will record the image so that it will not be saved as a slowed file. It will simply have a larger number of frames. A very important function is also the ability to use film profiles, including S-Log profiles, which will allow advanced color processing of the material. An important addition is also the entrance to the external microphone, which will certainly be useful. The second very interesting model is the Sony A7 II . This camera has a full frame, which is very important. It guarantees, for example, that using older lenses we can get two focal lengths – in the camera we can smoothly switch between the full frame and the crop. The full frame will also guarantee better films in poor lighting . However, this is not all, because the matrix is mechanically stabilized. This makes it possible to use lenses without stabilization and still film with your hand without worrying about a shaky picture. In the camera, however, there was no 4K and slow-motion mode, but there is no lack of the most important – film profiles, as well as a microphone jack. Autofocus performs a little worse than in A6300, but still great. As you can see, both cameras have their advantages and disadvantages . The A6300 has a smaller and non-stabilized matrix. The small body also provides worse ergonomics. However, the camera has a 4K and slow-motion mode. The A7 II is a full-frame matrix, which is stabilized – you have to choose what is more important to you. When it comes to prices, the Sony A6300 costs 2550 PLN for a body, and A7 II – 4450 PLN . Both cameras have a 30-minute recording limit, which, however, can be easily removed for free by installing a free application.
The second camera is a necessity
I will tell you one key principle when assembling wedding film equipment – you have to multiply everything two times . What does it mean? Weddings are an element, different things can happen and the material has to be registered. That's why it's always worth having a backup for each piece of equipment. Especially the camera. One model is not enough. In addition, the second camera is extremely useful to make the movie more interesting.It can be put on a tripod and set a wide picture in it. Thanks to this, we gain an additional shot, thanks to which it will be easier to stick the material together on assembly. Such a solution will make it much more interesting to register an oath, leave the church or the first dance. In addition, it will guarantee security when something happens with one camera. Thanks to the low price of the A6300 we can afford in our budget to buy a second body. In the case of the A7 II option I would advise to buy as a second Sony A6000 camera. The camera shoots in Full HD in XAVC S mode. There are no 4K, slow-motion, or film profiles, but as an additional camera should be recorded. The new will be able to catch for over PLN 1500 , used even for PLN 1000.
Lenses for filming
The biggest problem Sony has is that it's hard to find cheap lenses for it. This is not an easy task especially with such a low budget, which we have here. That's why we have to settle for a wide frame at the beginning with a kit lens. So you can buy a camera with a lens in the set or buy it separately. A 16-50 mm lens for APS-C is about PLN 600 . It's also going to be for the A7 II, which we just have to switch into the crop mode. A7 II also has a dedicated kit, but if you want to buy it separately it is a bit more expensive. And in addition, its widest focal length is 28 mm, and when we get 16-50 we get 24 mm – when filming dances and a small room, the large width of the glass is very important.There is nothing to hide, but a long and clear lens will also be useful, which will guarantee a nice background blur. For the Sony A7 II you can buy Sony SEL 50mm FE F1.8 , guaranteeing both 50mm and 75 after switching to the crop. Such glass costs PLN 850, so it is quite an interesting, budget option. Both cameras Sony E 50mm f / 1.8 OSS will be suitable for both cameras, guaranteeing 75mm focal length. It costs more, about PLN 1,200, but its unquestionable advantage is optical stabilization, which is irreplaceable especially when combined with a camera that does not have a matrix stabilization. The cheapest option for buying a lens is to choose a manual glass, i.e. one that has no autofocus. Therefore, as the third lens I recommend to buy MeiKe MK-35mm f / 1.7. This is a manual glass that is fairly wide (50 mm for APS-C and two ranges for full frame) and bright. Sharpens it very comfortably, because the ring puts a pleasant resistance. This cheap lens ( costs PLN 430 ) will complement the other two glass well. It is true that we could use some telephoto lens, but this is the subject of the future, when the budget will be higher.
Sound in the film, or a microphone and recorder
The sound, next to the picture, is the most important element of the wedding film. There is no option, only the sound from the camera is not enough. To catch interesting dialogues when preparing whether it's worth buying an external microphone outdoors. The cheapest reasonable option is Rode VideoMicro , which will do well, and costs suddenly around PLN 200 .In the case of a church and a room, it is worth to record the sound on an external recorder and then synchronize it with the picture. One of the most popular models is the Zoom H1n – a small, easy to use and durable – it can work on one battery throughout the day. The alternative for him may be Tascam DR-05, which is a bit larger, but also easy to use. Both recorders offer good sound quality and long work. However, they do not have an entrance to connect to the console at the wedding or wedding – so we will record through external microphones. Zoom H1n costs about PLN 400 , Tascam DR-05 is cheaper – less than PLN 350 . It is necessary to buy two recorders – if one switches off, for example, in the church, we will always have a recording of the sermon and the oath of the other. In turn, during the wedding each recorder can be set in a different place and then choose a better sound. It is also worth having a backup in the form of a tie microphone attached to the jacket of the groom. Such a microphone can be simply connected to a smartphone – the sound quality will be satisfactory. A simple microphone for a smartphone can be found on Allegro for less than PLN 50 .
Stabilization, or gimbal and tripod
Two tools, without which you certainly can not get around when filming a wedding is a gimbal and tripod. Gimbal provides smooth camera movements and replaces many devices: steadicam, slider, tripod, monopod. It is a very universal tool . In recent years, these devices have been very cheap. FeiyuTech a2000 costs only 1250 PLN and will be great at the beginning.Certainly, it is also worth equipping yourself with a tripod on which you can put a second camera. It must be quite high. I recommend Velbon VIDEOMATE 638 / F. It costs suddenly PLN 270 , it has a simple oil head. It is not very durable, and the head does not provide perfect fluidity, but it is well suited to put a camera on it. Its maximum height is over 170 centimeters , so it is quite a lot. Sometimes it is also good to stock up on a monopod, which in static shots will work better than a gimbal, because it will be easier to stick with a static frame and, for example, sharpen it manually. Certainly at many times the order will be useful. The cheapest option is Monopod A38FD Monopod with S2 head , which you can have for 430 PLN. But we treat it as an additional expense, which is not a necessity.
Accessories and accessories that are worth having
Camera, stabilization, sound and lenses are the basis. But it's worth having a few extra accessories. We will definitely need a photographic backpack to which we will pack all the equipment. For a capacious and solid backpack you have to pay at least PLN 200, many models can be found on Allegro . A lot of spare batteries will also be useful, because the Sony models chosen here devour a lot of energy. With two cameras it is worth having at least 5 additional batteries. One replacement battery costs about PLN 50 . Therefore, 5 additional batteries are 250 PLN. We must spend PLN 200 on several fast memory cards with different capacities. Of course, do not forget that you can also use a good high-performance computer to mount movies. However, we treat it as a separate expense. Looking for a good laptop, take a look at the TOP-10 ultrabooks at mobiManiaK.pl.
Filming weddings – equipment for 10,000 zlotys
We summarize our expenses . When purchasing two A6300 body, all three lenses, tripod, gimbal, microphone for camera and tie, and Zoom recorders, we must spend PLN 9,900. Buying cheaper recorders in your pocket will be PLN 200 (from the budget PLN 10,000). As you can see, there will not be much left for the other accessories, but we will definitely buy batteries. The option with the A7 II camera looks as follows. We buy the used A6000 body for this camera, in the case of lenses we choose full-frame "fifty", we buy cheaper recorders, a microphone for the camera and a tie, gimbal and tripod. Our budget also has PLN 200 in our pocket. As you can see, with such a low amount, we had to make compromises and relatively little money was left for some less important accessories. However, it does not change the fact that, if we were able to contain the given amount, we managed to complete the most necessary equipment: cameras, lenses, recorders and microphones, gimbal and tripod. This set is already enough to complete your first order.
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