I’m going to review my gear for my film I’m shooting this weekend with you guys.

We’ll be shooting on a Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4K (Not the newer, fancier, dynamic range-ier 4.6K one. But one plus is we get a global shutter and the 4.6K doesn’t.) Originally I wanted to shoot the film on my trusty Canon T2i but the rental house didn’t have the monitor I want to use and the monitor they did have was $100 to rent and was only a 5 inch monitor. The main reason I wanted a monitor is because I will not be the camera operator on this project (SHOCK) so I wanted to be able to quickly collaborate with my operator and make sure we were on the same page. So instead of renting a 5 inch monitor for $100 we are renting the Ursa Mini for $125 which has a 5 inch screen as well as coming with two 128GB CFast cards and 3 150WattHour V-mount batteries so for $125 I take care of all my storage issues, power issues, monitor needs, and gain 4K, 60 fps slow motion, and raw recording capability.

Now for the bad news. The Ursa Mini can only handle a couple stops of ND before IR pollution becomes an issue. This means if I want shallow DOF in the bright daylight I’m going to struggle.

Next we’ll move on to lenses. I’m renting one lens I’ve wanted to use forever and another I’ve always been curious about. I have always wanted to try out the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 lens as this thing is well loved in the filmmaking community as a good cheap wide fast zoom. Here’s a sample video of this lens on a Canon T2i. There’s a few other lenses used too but the 11-16 should be easy to spot.

I will also be renting a Rokinon 85mm T/1.5 Cinelens. I’ve been wanting to try out the Rokinon Cine lenses for a while because they’re basically the cheapest lenses you can get in a cinelens style. The best thing about using these Rokinon lenses for filmmaking is that the lack of autofocus is not a draw back as it’s manual focus for everything.

Since my tripod has seen better days I’ve decided to rent a Manfrotto unit with a good fluid head so that we’re not slowed down by my Slik tripod from the 80's

I am also renting a windscreen as 90% of the film is outdoors and a boompole as my boompole won’t work with the windscreen.


Lastly I’m renting a couple ETC Source 4 Lekos. I was going to rent 4 but changed my mind on the scene and cut it in half so only the last half will be filmed at night and I’d rather have less light in that scene. What’s great about these lights is you can cut down greatly on your grip needs by shaping and coloring the light in the fixture. All I have left to do is bounce the light.


As for the rest of my kit I will be building a diffusion frame out of PVC and building two bounce boards out of foam core. I will maybe use my T2i for some shots where I might not want to put the Ursa Mini for safety’s sake. I will also be using my Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses as I love them.