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I've joined the ranks of digital HD super 35 mm CMOS sensor camera owners since the beginning of the year. Wheelhouse purchased a brand new Sony FS 700 with some fantasitic Zeiss Lenses. In the course of working with the equipment for the last 5 months there are a few pieces of gear that make the day go by more efficiently. This is not a Philip Bloom/Vincent Laforet-type exhaustive list; these items just make me a little happier during the long shoot days.
Domke Protetive Wraps
I keep my camera snug in a Domke Wrap and then place it in Porta Brace bag. Each corner of the wrap has velcro so you can get a really tight wrap. I also bundle 100 watt inkies in these and then stick them in a malleable stand bag from Ikan. Keeps everything light weight.
Cine Coil 10" SDI/BNC to BNC Connector
There's a lot of stuff on that camera: a monitor, an outboard recorder (Samurai), XLRs going into the audio inputs. I hook my SDI camera out to my Samurai and then my Samurai out to my monitor with Cine Coils. Cine Coils look like the phone cord to the rotary phone that was in my kitchen growing up. While it only takes up 10 inches of space, it can extend to double that length which is nice if we have to take off the 7" monitor for any reason and hand hold it or put it on a C-stand.
Delvcam DELV-ARM-MG Israeli Arm
As I wrote above, I use a Marshall 7" monitor. I like to position it where you would find a Viewfinder on a normal camera. A lot of Israeli arms could probably do this BUT, I get a kick out of using this arm. It's so perfectly balanced and weighted. It's like holding a little BMW every time I pick it up. Call me crazy, but it's the little things.
Pearstone NP-F975 L-Series Battery
These batteries are great. They are cheaper than the Sony batts and if we're shooting all day I can usually get 80% of the job done with one of these.
Also, if you own a Samurai you can use the Samurai charger to charge these babies. The only caveat is they take a LONG time to charge (in any charger). A full charge takes 24 hours.
What little pieces of production gear make you happy?
Photo is illustrative only -- not my gear. Photo credit: CC license 2013 papayatreelimited