After months of hard work, I was finally able to gather up enough financial resources to buy additional equipment for my lonesome camera. And what better place to go to than the camera central of the Philippines, Hidalgo St. in Quiapo! Everyone should already know this, but when going there to buy expensive equipment, take extra caution since the place is also known for le snatchers.
Ever since I became interested in video production, I’ve always dreamed to have my own high-tier equipment, hoping that I would be more inspired when doing projects. Problem was, our family was barely keeping up even with its basic monthly expenses, so we really couldn’t afford such gadgets.
In 2009, I saved up cash and bought a 2nd hand Panasonic DVD-camcorder via Sulit, which I used whenever I had student clients doing a school project. That was the start of my campaign.
Next upgrade would be mid-2011, when a good friend sold to me his Canon 550D via post-dated check (so I had time to save up), bundled up with an 85mm 1.8 and camera bag, at a very ridiculously low price. This was my ticket to also explore photography. What I got weren’t really high-tier when compared to those from the professional category, but it is for me since it’s good enough to take 24p cinematic videos in 1080p resolution. “With just that you could already start doing wedding and corporate videos!” is what I said to myself.
After those initial investments, I thought it’s time to upgrade a little more so I can improve the quality of service I can provide for my clients. Like what a Mr. Francis Kong said in his talk “If you don’t treat yourself well, you don’t grow, you don’t improve, how can you treat your customers well?” With that line I was able to stray away from spending for luxuries and short-term pleasures. I was burning up to expand my venture!
Anyway, here’s a list of what I’ve bought and their quick reviews! :3
CANON 50mm 1.8
Store & Price: Mayer Photo, 4000 PHP
Use: Portrait lens that’s very sharp and works wonders in low light conditions. Not to mention affordable!
18-55mm 3.5-5.6 vs 50mm 1.8
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