3 Budget Alternatives to Expensive Camera Equipment

3 Budget Alternatives to Expensive Camera Equipment

Vivian Kim
Jun 17, 2011

If you're a DSLR owner wanting to step your photography game up, you may not have the funds to afford professional camera equipment. If photo gear like ring flashes or steadicams seem completely out of your budget, look no further. Check out a few cheap photo equipment alternatives, after the jump.

Photojojo Ring Flash Adapter ($40) - A ring flash is great for macro photography. When you're up close to your subject, the ring provides even illumination with few shadows. For that same reason, ring flashes are also great for portraits, casting soft shadows with a twinkling halo effect in the subject's eyes. The problem with ring flashes is that they usually range upwards of $600. Photo blog Photojojo sells a ring flash that harnesses the power from a regular external flash, thereby cutting down the cost to only $40. Now you can get studio quality images for portraits and low-light conditions without having to put a huge dent in your wallet.

DSLR Follow Focus Kit ($60) - Most DSLRs sold today also shoot great film-like video. The difference between DSLRs and regular camcorders is the ability to manually focus the lens, which helps to achieve that film quality. Manual focus is often difficult to get just right, so in order to get professional results people end up using a "follow focus" system. Follow Focus makes focusing more precise and easy to use. The downside: they typically cost anywhere from $500 - $1000. DSLR Solutions has a clever and simple solution at a great price—you can buy the complete kit for only $59.99.

SteadyDSLR ($347) - The key to shooting good video with a DSLR is to keep things in focus while keeping the shot steady. To get that smooth crane-like effect used in movies, professional photographers use a steadicam or a shoulder mount. SteadDSLR takes care of both in a single product, in a convenient and portable size. While $347 may not seem like a budget-friendly price, a steadicam alone is typically $800.

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