Black Raven Films
Sound Equipment! Nothing is more important to video than good sound. That sounds crazy, I know, but watch a video with crappy sound and notice how unhappy it makes you. You'll watch a video with shaky video and terrible shots, but you'll change the channel if you can't hear what is going on. For a while now I've had the pleasure of owning the Tascam DR-680 Portable Field Recorder. I primarily bought it for the additional channels it gave me to record on, but I've been pleasantly surprised with some of the other less noticeable features. I also include tips on how I power the unit and use it in the field.
Tascam DR 680
NP 970 Maximal Power Batteries
DV-90R Mini DV Stand-Alone Power Adaptor
LCD Battery Charger for Sony NP970 (Display is completely inaccurate, but it is a quick charger)
Petrol PS601 Deca Eargonizer (Small) - Black (bought mine off Ebay for $160)