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    Best price / performance ratio of any piece of gear you've ever purchased?
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    What are some pieces of kit that have blown you away with the quality to cost ratio?

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    Sigma 60 f2.8 lens for m43. Brought it used off a guy for $160 Canadian. Incredibly sharp, even wide open. Great quality all around, still boggles my mind that it was so cheap.

    Audiotechnica AT875r Mic. Still surprised how good it sounds for a mic that was $200 8 years ago.

    Panasonic GH2. Still holds up and at the time, insane quality for the price.


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    I currently don't own it, but the Sigma 18-35mm would be on many people's list.


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    Not exactly what you mean by price/performance, but... I’d say one of the best for me was a used BVW-35 portable Betacam SP deck. Bought it used on eBay for maybe $1000-$1300(can’t remember exactly, now) around 2003 so producers could screen tape in the field on shoots. I got several hundred bucks per day for rental on it(again, don’t remember the exact going rate back then), and averaged probably 70-100 days a year with it until I went HD. Back in the day when certain clients expected playback decks and would actually pay for them, it was basically a license to print money.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Run&Gun View Post
    Not exactly what you mean by price/performance, but... I’d say one of the best for me was a used BVW-35 portable Betacam SP deck. Bought it used on eBay for maybe $1000-$1300(can’t remember exactly, now) around 2003 so producers could screen tape in the field on shoots. I got several hundred bucks per day for rental on it(again, don’t remember the exact going rate back then), and averaged probably 70-100 days a year with it until I went HD. Back in the day when certain clients expected playback decks and would actually pay for them, it was basically a license to print money.
    Lovely!!!


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    This Amazon Basics monopod:

    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...gateway&sr=8-3

    Less than $17. I've used it with GH2, GH3, GH4, C100 and 1DX Mark II. Works perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP View Post
    What are some pieces of kit that have blown you away with the quality to cost ratio?

    Mine are:

    Sigma 60 f2.8 lens for m43. Brought it used off a guy for $160 Canadian. Incredibly sharp, even wide open. Great quality all around, still boggles my mind that it was so cheap.

    Audiotechnica AT875r Mic. Still surprised how good it sounds for a mic that was $200 8 years ago.

    Panasonic GH2. Still holds up and at the time, insane quality for the price.
    Those Audio Technica mics are pretty great. I picked up a few AT4041 cardis Several years ago and they still are in my kit today.


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    nikkor 50 1.8 - less than $100 but my most used lens

    I also have an 50 canon FD - so I can give that to an operator who doesn not like the 'nikon way' - that cost $40

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    tamron 10-24 I bought for $100 and has been way better than I expected.

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    Some small rig rigging bits

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    FS7!


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    Easy. Cowboy Studio's infamous shoulder rig. It makes me laugh every time I think of it but for less than $30, it continues to be one of the most versatile and comfortable shoulder rigs out there for smaller cameras -- and this is coming from someone who has spent many thousands of dollars on shoulder rigs over the years. It took me a while to figure out that I need to leave a little room so that I can use the front "tong" as a handle; otherwise it will pick up your breathing. The plastic is basically indestructible and it folds down to fit easily in a backpack. It has been an integral part of my kit for a decade.


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    Davinci Resolve HD is pretty... well, it’s free.


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    Super 16mm arri sr 2 camera

    I had no idea how much work I was going to get from it


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