We all make mistakes, it's part of life but some mistakes are more expensive than others. I have made a few mistakes with gear I have bought that I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to buy something different. So I hope you take my advice and don't make the same mistakes as me.
1) Phantom Powered Shotgun
Having a phantom power shotgun will almost always cost you $200 more just to get the power. Either you need something in between the camera and the mic (if you do in camera audio) or an external recorder. I made the mistake of buying the MXL Fr-300. It costs about $150 and then I spent countless amounts of money trying to get a setup that I liked and I just ended up replacing it. In fact the fact that I have a phantom power mic is the reason my 1/8" jack on my 600D is broken.
I bought an H1 to replace it but had I went back in time, I would have bought a Rode Video Mic.
2) Buying a Tripod @ Best Buy
I once bought a tripod at best buy for $60 which was a terrible idea because they have a limited selection and rarely have the most popular tripods. So the tripod head ended up breaking and I had to replace it.
Bought the smith victor tripod - Review Bellow
Another Tip- Buy Popular Items
Popular items are popular for a reason. It's often because of the price and quality of the item is much higher than what other companies offer. So Buying something like a rode video mic or a Blackmagic Pocket Camera is a very good idea.
Although I have made some bad gear choices, one gear choice I do not regret is my recent purchase of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8. You can watch the review bellow.
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
"the trick is to never give up... I think the secret of success is not how little you get knocked down but how often you get back up." - Gareth Edwards