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  1. Hey folks,   New here, and pretty new to making videos as well. I have been trying to researching equipment to get up and running. Actually, I'd like to do more than get up and running, I'd like to put together a high-quality start-up kit, mainly for video, but some stills, also. I've enjoyed the EOSHD blog, forum, and info on the site, as well as the overall artistic, indie-filmmaking slant. I've found the short videos here inspiring, and would like to start learning how to do something along these lines. I also want a highly mobile, portable setup that I can manage on my own, at least initially. Obviously, there's a lot to learn, and a HUGE range of equipment options and price ranges. My budget is far from unlimited, but I'm willing to invest in good gear if it means good results. I'm particularly intrigued with the Panasonic GH3 for it's compact size, light weight, excellent image quality, and accessible pricetag. I'm largely sold on this as a camera body, and want to build a kit around it. So: some questions. Are the Panasonic 12-35 and 35-100 2.8 lenses (or other fancy lenses) worth the money for a relative beginner (I like to think I'm a quick leaner and worry that I might outgrow lesser glass). What are good recommendations for sound recording, e.g. the Panasonic shotgun mic, the Rode videomic pro, and the Zoom H4N? What about accessories for stabilization such as tripods, fluid heads, chest stabilizers and other grip-type devices. Also, should I get a small glider/dolly? When I piece out a good kit on Amazon/BH/etc., it climbs up to around $5K pretty quick. That's not a deal-breaker or anything, but if I'm spending that kind of money, I want to feel like it's going to the right things. The beginner guides out there just feel too generic, and I'm in search of more specific advice. Would be keen to hear any recommendations from the experienced crew in this forum.
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