6 Tools to Make a Cinematic Masterpiece with a DSLR

Filmmaking is an exorbitant, costly hobby. But with the advent of DSLR video recording, it's become much cheaper. Maybe not cheap but cheaper. And there are plenty of accessories that will help transform you into a savant. Here are 6:

6 Tools to Make a Cinematic Masterpiece with a DSLR

Canon 5D Mk II

If you're serious about video, this is the camera you want. It's the original, and it's still the best multipurpose DSLR video rig. It has fully adjustble settings, is easily handled, and can shoot some stunning video. I think Hollywood would agree. $2500

6 Tools to Make a Cinematic Masterpiece with a DSLR

Canon 35mm f/1.4 Lens

Lenses are the reason why DSLR video is in style right now. And as far as lenses go, 35mm is the standard focal length for the movie world. Canon makes a very nice 35mm lens that will let in plenty of light, yielding respectable results in dim locales while only slightly breaking the bank. $1500

6 Tools to Make a Cinematic Masterpiece with a DSLR

Lensbaby Movie Maker's Kit

So you have the Camera body, and you have a lens. But what about effects? Lensbaby's kit, chock full of filters and optics, will give you everything you need to have your film oozing style. It still won't make you the next Truffaut, but it will help. $2900

6 Tools to Make a Cinematic Masterpiece with a DSLR

Dot Line DSLR LED

If you're an aspiring documentarian, or maybe are filming the next Blair Witch Project, you'll need a lighting solution. LEDs provide a bright, clean glow that will give you plenty of wiggle room in post-production. $100

6 Tools to Make a Cinematic Masterpiece with a DSLR

Steadicam Merlin Stabilizer
If you're putting together a guerrilla film effort, chances are you'll be employing the cinema verite technique quite a bit. And while the shaky cam can be cute for a few scenes, you'll still want your footage looking fluid and stable. Get a metal frame mount that uses your shoulder for support and keeps your DSLR steady with a metal frame. $800

Hoodman HoodLoupe and Cinema Strap

Trying to get a feel for how quality your shot is can be tricky with the LCD screen. An external viewfinder can be an exorbitant expense. But the Hoodman loupe and cinema strap can turn your LCD into an inexpensive viewfinder, providing a more detailed view of your lighting, focus and composition. $130

Top image via Shutterstock/Carlos Yudica