If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll know that I recently reviewed my favourite travel tripod (the velbon ultra maxi L) which I’m incredibly happy with. It’s lightweight, versatile and quick to set up.
I’ve now found what I believe to be the best cheap tripod that you can buy for under $50, the Dolica AX620b100. Now don’t let the word ‘cheap’ fool you, this tripod is built well!
I bought the tripod off amazon after reading the reviews (there were a lot) and I’ve found it to be a real find. It’s got some nice flip lock legs, a good metal ball head and it’s pretty light to travel with.
I’ve always been a big advocate for using lavaliere microphones. I find them convenient, easy to use and they always produce great sound. One thing I’ve never really liked is having them in shot.
Over the years I’ve tried different ways to hide them, including a cheap DIY way using velcro (see the video I made here), but it seems that I now have found my solution.
I got in a set of Rode Invisilavs (the 3 pack). They’re essentially a piece of moulded rubber, which allows for you to insert 2 lav mics and connect it to your skin under your shirt. It works great.
As you can see in the video above you can’t see the invisilav when you’ve got it on, something I love. The tape that comes with it sticks fantastically, but it absolutely sucks trying to get it on! I’d recommend getting some cheap wig tape to stick it on, works better and is much easier to get it on and off.
One more thing, the Sennheiser G3 Lav mics which I and a lot of others use does fit with the invisilav. A tight squeeze, but fantastic news!
I’ve been a big fan of monopods with feet ever since I tried one out in NY at B&H a few years ago. There are quite a few options out there for them, including a few from manfrotto which seem to be the most popular, as well as some new offerings from Benro. They all have pretty similar features: twist lock legs and 3 feet.
Unfortunately they’re all pretty expensive. In fact it seems that adding a set of feet really increases the price quite a lot.