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soupkitchen
09-09-2012, 11:35 PM
I thought that rather than add to the gear specifically for the BMC or the faltering rigs thread, I'd start one for things that aren't camera specific, and may even be out of left field but you find invaluable on shoots and in your kit.

I'll get the ball rolling with a couple. The latest things which I wish I had a few months ago are the Half Inch Rails bumpers. They are silicon bumpers that fit on the end of your rods. They are cheap and I regret not buying them a year ago cos I have a deep scratch in one of my glasses lenses that will cost me a crap load more than 5 pounds to replace. I've gone for Safety orange for the back of my rigs and black for the front.

Then there are gear ties which are a rubber covered length of wire. I think they are made by Nite Ize. Sometimes velcro ties don't do the job and these have the advantage of being rubbery so they don't slip up and down the rods like velcro can. Importantly they come in black! A matte painter friend showed his to me and I went out and bought some that day.

Here they are holding my 7D on what I consider my most professional looking rig.....:D
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Finally there is my favourite fix all Sugru which also comes in black (theme!). It is air curing moldable rubber and I have used it on everything. I tiny blob of it is holding each of my nikon to canon adaptors in place, removing any play whatsoever. Sugru also holds my headphones, backpack, car key, bike lock, shoe and frying pan together.

So what odd bit can't you live without in your kit?

Cheers,

Toby

nickjbedford
09-10-2012, 05:33 AM
;)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Black_gaffer_tape.jpg/220px-Black_gaffer_tape.jpg

RaphaelWood
09-10-2012, 06:13 AM
;)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Black_gaffer_tape.jpg/220px-Black_gaffer_tape.jpg

+9000

jmacfadyen
09-10-2012, 11:48 AM
+9000

+10000 more.

robmneilson
09-10-2012, 11:52 AM
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jmacfadyen
09-10-2012, 12:08 PM
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I think that beats everything else...

robmneilson
09-10-2012, 12:15 PM
I was attempting to add a picture of the TV Logic 5.6 monitor underneath, but they were all too big.

Regardless that little monitor has served me well with so many different camera systems.

Frank Glencairn
09-10-2012, 12:18 PM
+1 for the TVLogic.


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Finally there is my favourite fix all Sugru which also comes in black (theme!).

Yeah, whatever you have, spray it flat black - instantly looks more pro.

hmmm... looking at that silvery BMC and a can of flat black spray.

morgan_moore
09-10-2012, 01:29 PM
I thought that rather than add to the gear specifically for the BMC or the faltering rigs thread, I'd start one for things that aren't camera specific,

HIR Bumpers of course :)

-Vlock batts.
-A high resolution monitor with a sunshade
-ND filtration
-Loads of Frotto 501/77 so everything fits everything else
-builders kneepads
-water
-undoable cable ties
-A nikkor zoom like you show (although a little long for the BMC)

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Note Suwanchote
09-10-2012, 01:58 PM
Zip ties!

Brian@202020
09-10-2012, 02:05 PM
My SmallHD DP6. It's a great little monitor, and the only beef I have with it is it doesn't have a waveform.

Peter J. DeCrescenzo
09-10-2012, 02:17 PM
Tripod. Almost any tripod is better than no tripod. Almost.

Brian@202020
09-10-2012, 02:47 PM
Tripod. Almost any tripod is better than no tripod. Almost.

True my Miller SoloVJ 100mm is probably the best set of sticks I've ever used, and it's under $1000.

morgan_moore
09-10-2012, 03:09 PM
Im not a fan of the Solo for a built camera, but I would still list it as an essential.

Prefer my Satchler with spreader for bigger jobs.

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Brian@202020
09-10-2012, 03:15 PM
Im not a fan of the Solo for a built camera, but I would still list it as an essential.

Prefer my Satchler with spreader for bigger jobs.

S

I sold my Sachtler's for the SoloVJ's. I used my solo's with my RED ONE for years, I like it very much.

stip
09-10-2012, 03:25 PM
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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
09-10-2012, 03:55 PM
Yes, gloves!

On all the hundreds of location shoots I've done, the only thing that was ever stolen from a set-up was a pair of gloves, probably by a hotel cleaning person. Pretty much says it all I think. The simplest stuff is the most universally valuable.

Brian@202020
09-10-2012, 03:57 PM
A must for outdoor shoots :)
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nickjbedford
09-10-2012, 04:02 PM
Yes! Beer. Why did I forget.

Gaffer's tape and the golden ale of wonder!

Jason M.
09-10-2012, 05:04 PM
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You're in good company there. Pretty sure Chris Doyle shot almost all of Wong Kar-wai's films fueled solely by Heineken.

Erik Naso
09-10-2012, 05:35 PM
I feel dead in the water without my DP6.

Kyle Presley
09-10-2012, 07:08 PM
Gaff tape, as previously mentioned. When shooting out in the bush, collapsible lawn chairs are great too, and often forgotten.

stip
09-10-2012, 07:26 PM
I forgot: flashlight. oh my...how many times that little thing saved us.

soupkitchen
09-10-2012, 10:59 PM
Yeah, whatever you have, spray it flat black - instantly looks more pro.

More importantly means you get less stray reflections. I've had to paint out Redrock blue knobs that showed up in reflections more than once when the shadow is otherwise indeterminate.

Kholi
09-12-2012, 06:30 PM
There is one piece of hardware that I have longed for since my early days... this sucker...

http://www.cinekinetic.com/whichsaddle/5-SaddlesProAndBasic255.jpg

At about four hundred I can't afford to invest in one, but I always wish I had one. I've used it a few times shooting RED along with a Craftsman stool and man... what a dream...

One of these days I'm gonna try to get one.

jmacfadyen
09-12-2012, 09:15 PM
+1 to the cinesaddle. The pocket dolly made by the same company is really nice as well.

Toni Villar
09-13-2012, 05:07 AM
A must for outdoor shoots :)
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I'm all for the Sam Fuller look. ;-)