POV’s 2013 Documentary Filmmaking Equipment Survey (Updated)

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Whether you’re buying a new camera or choosing which lens to rent for a shoot, deciding on gear requires some thoughtful research. We asked documentarians to share their experiences with everything from cameras and lenses to animation software and mobile apps and created an equipment guide based on what filmmakers are actually using in the field. The graphic is now updated with more categories for filmmakers to explore. 

(A special thanks to all the amazing filmmakers who filled out the survey so we could make this graphic!)

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  • gmolodtsov

    I’ve made a translation of your infographics to Russian – http://gmolodtsov.livejournal.com/120639.html
    Currently at the Russian Documentary Guild we are doing all-Russian survey and equipment for documentaries is one of the subjects. If you’d be interested we’d be happy to share the results as soon as they’d be finished!

  • magcius

    Nice to see that 93% out of all 110% filmmakers use Mac.

    • interactive

      Respondents were able to choose multiple answers for each question, so our numbers don’t always add up to 100%. Same is true for much of the rest of the survey.

  • Marcel Reinard

    Just caught this, I wonder how the figures have changed? Have more left FC7 to Premiere? Also I’m happy to see the Panasonics causing a kerfuffle in the most popular cameras!

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  • Mako

    Odd that folks haven’t embraced the Canon 70D as their DSLR with actual useable Auto Focus … of the Dual Pixel Phase Detection type. Coming to the c300: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/standard_display/eos_c300_feature_upgrade

  • Brian

    I’ve been using the Sony F5 for the past several months as the primary camera to shoot Behind-the-Scenes on film sets.

    Prior to that, the Sony F900R and Sony EX3 were the cameras of choice.

    GoPros are also used as necessary for stunt/action setups.

    Wish I would have known about this survey when they were looking for participants. Now that more of us have now seen it, perhaps PBS would consider redoing it.