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I own a ton of different accessories that I use whenever required, some cheap, some expensive, some store bought and some self made. This list contains my most frequently used store bought accessories as well as a few things to keep in mind if you are considering using them for your own film projects.
After I burnt through a couple of Vanguard tripods (issues with leg joints) I decided to upgrade to something a bit more sturdy and got my hands on a Manfrotto 190XPro4 Tripod with Ball Head
I wouldn't take this tripod with me on travel, but for all of my shoots and filming tutorials it is ideal. I don't have to worry about accidentally breaking it and it can hold up to 7kg which is much more than I need to support my Canon 5D Mark III and the EF 24-70mm F/2.8 lens.
Before I started to record my tutorials using the Rode SmartLav microphone, I was using my Zoom H2N Handy Recorder
The only issues I sometimes have with the H2N is that it picks up handling sounds and ambient noise a little bit too easily. You also definitely want to get a wind shield for the recorder if you intend to take it outside.
The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder
Because I film my tutorials in my living room and the Zoom H2N ended up picking a bit too much ambience noise and reverb I decided to buy a Rode SmartLav Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones
I did have to tweak the settings on the app a little bit to disable an overly aggressive noise gate, but I am much happier with the sound from the Rode SmartLav than I was with the sound from the H2N - for tutorials. The H2N does not have bad audio by any means and I still use it for all of my short films, but for talking to the camera I prefer the dry, direct sound from the lavalier microphone.
Listing SD cards as accessories might sound silly, but I actually have a little pool of SD cards and only one or two of them that I actually use. The most important aspect when shooting video at high definition is to use an SD card that has sufficient write speed.
When filming with my Canon 5D Mark III at 1080p I need my SanDisk Extreme 64GB SDXC Memory Card
Most recently used to shoot our Halloween horror special 'The Ring', I really like my Blue / Green Pop Out Background Panel
I do find that it is a little bit small at times and you will have to be careful that your subject doesn't leave the area of the popup screen, but it makes life a lot easier than having to lug around and set up a full blown green screen backdrop every time.
I backed the Rhino camera slider when it was still a Kickstarter project. I did end up buying the Pro version of the slider and to be honest, I haven't used it very much over the last few years, mainly because of its size and weight and the effort it takes to set up. I have no quarrels with the quality of the slider shots, it works exceptionally well and you can see a few sample shots in my Rhino Camera Slider review. We did use the slider with great results for our recent Halloween horror special 'The Ring' to create some very cinematic looking shots.
Unless you plan to mount a huge camera on the slider and have a professional set of camera tripod legs to hold it all up, I would recommend going for the carbon fiber model instead of the Pro. You will likely get much more use out of a model that is a fraction of the weight and therefore easier to take with you and set up.
I bought a cheap, small and battery powered LED panel off eBay that I can mount onto my DSLR camera using the hot shoe adapter. The closest LED light I could find on Amazon is the NEEWER 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Video Light
Quite frankly I don't usually have it mounted on top of my camera as I'm not a big fan of the 'light directly from the front' look in my videos, but I use the LED light a lot off camera or bounce it off walls to fill in dark areas or even out the light when shooting in bright environments.
I used to own the Lilliput 7'' LCD monitor with HDMI
This is a fairly affordable field monitor and while the quality isn't bad, it didn't quite win me over mainly due to it being a bit clunky to set up. I am still in the market for a smaller, more portable field monitor and am looking for a potential wireless solution.