Top 5 accessories for Canon m50
Wow! You guys really like the Canon m50 but I can’t blame you. And before we get into the more creative side of shooting first my five favorite video accessories for next-level filmmaking. Okay guys, and just so you know all these accessories are super cheap but they’ll drastically improve your filmmaking experience with the Canon m50. I use most of these items almost every day so, at least for me,they’re not just fun accessories they’re tools but even if you don’t need them sometimes it’s just fun to buy something and take your filmmaking to the next level, you know. just ask me in the comments. Okay, here we go. Let’s start with the expensive one to get it out of the way.
1.Rode Video mic Pro+.
The Rode Video mic Pro+. It’s a great microphone but there are a few buts . So, I bought it last year when I was still traveling full time and for that it’s a great microphone. So, if you need a microphone for vlogs or one that you can take with you whenever you want, a very portable easy-to-use microphone, then it’s perfect. I had absolutely no complaints when I was on the road making logs and videos but the problem is right here in my studio.
Not a big problem . Just a little one. At the moment I’m using the Video mic Pro+ on ac-stand with a boom arm to record the sound for these videos and it does sound really good when you put it as close as you can. As you would do with any microphone ne. It’s right here can you see it… there, but the problem is that no matter what settings I use sometimes it tends to clip certain sounds and I don’t know… is it me, is it the settings, is it the microphone?
No idea, so if you know please let me know in the comments. It’s just really difficult to find the right distance for the best possible sound but that’s just a minor complaint because the sound is really good and I can use this microphone here as a studio mic and I can take it out on my Canon m50 anytime I want but if you want perfect crisp studio sound and you don’t need a vlogging microphone, a portable microphone then I wouldn’t go for this one. I would go for a proper studio microphone.
Now, that being said, it is really good. It’s super easy to use, the battery lasts long, it’s rechargeable and on the back are all the buttons and LEDs. The on and off button,there’s the high-pass filter, the output gain control. Oh, and the best part: it turns off automatically every time you turn off the camera or when the camera goes to sleep. And these are the settings that I use here in the studio.So, no high-pass filter and I set the gain to +20db on the microphone and on my Canon M50, I go to sound recording, set it to manual and set it to 1.
The recording level. So, I go all the way to the left to 0 and then plus 1. Because I Want to use the cameras amplifier as little as possible. And the results are usually really good. Sometimes there’s a little bit more background noise, I think the fan from my God ox light or some outside noise but you can’t really hear it when I talk so it doesn’t bother me. Overall, not perfect but a really goodall-round microphone. Ok now, the fun stuff.
2.gimbal or stabilizer
So, gimbal or stabilizer, it’s a question I get a lot and it actually depends on what you need it for and what your style is. They are different tools. If you want to vlog and film yourself then a gimbal is what you need but for filmmaking you can use both I find a glide cam or stabilizer like this a bit more versatile. You can use the same one with different size cameras. I mean, I’ve used mine with both my Canon M50 and my Pentax 645Z and that’s a super heavy camera.
I wouldn’t recommend it for your arms sake but it is possible and there’s also a difference in look. A gimbal will give you a super smooth almost surgical look and there’s no learning curve. The gimbal will do all the work for you. If you use a stabilizer or a glide cam you’re gonna have to practice a little bit and there’s always gonna be a slight movement. Not a shake but it’s not super smooth like a gimbal but that’s also what I like about it because it looks a bit more organic ‘. Is that the right word?
I don’t know but you know what I mean, right?And a glide cam or stabilizer is a lot cheaper than a gimbal. I picked this one-up for just a hundred bucks and it’s a lot of fun. Next up, a bit boring maybe but super useful. A c-stand with boom arm thingy. I use mine to hold a microphone,different types of lights, but also my Canon m50, for tabletop shots. It’s super easy to use and it comes with this thingy that fits both in lights and microphones and of course cameras and on the back is the counterweight to hold the arm up. Super simple, super cheap but you can use it for so many different things.
3.C – stand with boom arm
Now, I have to be honest my c-stand feels really sturdy and strong but if you need one that you’re gonna break down and build up everyday then I would go for something more expensive. This one feels heavy and strong but it’s here and it will stay here and I’m sure it will last a lifetime but I’m not breaking it down every day. So, that’s something to think about if you want to buy one. What do you need it for? And I’ll link some more high-end options in the description too. If you’ve watched my video on two cinematic upgrades for the canon m50 then you know about these, They’re useful for both video and filmmaking and photography. I use them mainly for my videos.
So, the problem is that when I take my Canon m50 outside on a sunny day, I have to close the aperture usually all the way to f/22 otherwise my footage is overexposed. And it’s not a Canon m50 problem by the way, it’s just the same for every camera. Of course, f/22 makes me lose that nice shallow depth of field and as a result also the more cinematic look and then the filter will solve that problem because they reduce the amount of light coming in. That means that even on a super sunny day I can open the aperture on my 22mm f/2 all the way to f/2 to get that nice shallow depth of field. Now, there are two options.
I Have this ND filter and this one reduces the amount of light by 10 stops.Fixed number. It’s useful on a very sunny day but as soon as the sun goes behind a cloud for example it’s already too dark and your footage will be under exposed so I would recommend one of these. And this is a variable ND filter and with this one I can choose by how many stops I want to reduce the light. Anything from to 10 stops. I can use this one on a bright day, on a cloudy day but also in the evening when the sun sets for example.
It’s the better choice. And Finally light. And there are so many possibilities. First of all I have my main light here the Good SL-60W and that’s a great light. Just check out my review video, I’ll link it at the top of the video here but maybe for a lot of you that’s too much so I have two even cheaper and smaller options that I also use a lot.
5.Neewer LED panel.
First of all this Neewer LED panel. This is the light that I used to light myself in my first YouTube videos and it does a pretty good job. Of course the light is not as nice and soft as what I get from this big soft box over here but as a first light or something more portable it’s really good and right now I’m still using it as a backlight to light this side of my face. You can set the power and the white balance from warm and yellow to cool and white. It does come with a built-in battery but not a power supply so you’ll have to buy the power supply separately and I also bought this cute little stand for it.Okay, so that’s a really nice light but no color.
So, what if you want color the you need an RGB light. I bought this one from Andy Cine and it’s great. First of all you can see it here lighting the background but I Also use it to shoot b roll and product photography for example. Adding a little bit of color really brings your footage to life.You can emphasize colors or you can add colors and of course you can also set it to just white light. Put it on your Canon m50 like this and you can take it with you for a night shoot.
A lot of possibilities and that’s it guys five video accessories for your Canon M50. I use them almost every day and they add so much more possibilities. It’ll take your filmmaking experience with The Canon m50 to the next level and it’s also just a lot of fun ,you know. And in the end that’s what it’s all about. Thank you so much for reading and see you in the next one.