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What’s In Your Camera Kit? Essential Camcorder Accessories

Essential Camcorder Accessories

The contents of a Video Camera Kit vary a lot from shooter to shooter. The following are some of the things I believe are essential camcorder accessories. YMMV

1. Camera’s Owners Manual

2. LensPen

OR

(Lens tissue, Lens cleaning fluid, and blower/brush)

3. Small LED Flashlight

4. Rain Cover and/or garbage bag big enough for the camera

5. U/V or other Lens Filters

6. AC Power supply for camera

7. Camcorder Batteries and Battery Charger

8. Insert Slate

and dry-erase markers

9. Real Gaffers Tape

There’s lots of really bad Gaffers Tape around. Much of it is just Duct Tape. Please don’t use Duct tape on any video job. It leaves a residue, can remove paint, and has many other annoying qualities. Real Gaffers Tape costs more. It has a cloth rather than plastic backing. It tears easily. It does not leave a residue and and, if you are careful, will not remove paint. Read the user reviews at Amazon and you will see what I mean.

10. Memory cards and case. (Don’t carry unprotected cards in your pocket.)

11. Important Phone Numbers of camera repair shop, rentals, freelancers, etc.

12. Pen and Paper

13. Business Cards

14. Breath mints or spray

15. Lacie or other Rugged 500gb drives (if you will need to download footage)

16. Compact Still camera

17. Extra pair of reading glasses if you need them

18. Cell Phone (turned off)

19. Releases: General, Talent, Minor, Materials, Location

21. Headphones

20. Measuring Tape (if your camera lens has distance markings. Beware that the distance markings are not always accurate.)

Note: DSLR shooters will need more accessories than are needed for a camcorder. Now there’s also an Audio Kit and a Lighting and Grip Kit. They are another story.


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2 thoughts on “What’s In Your Camera Kit? Essential Camcorder Accessories

  1. Hal Post author

    I didn’t include audio except for the headphones. I think audio should be its own separate kit, just like lighting and grip is a separate kit.

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