The Canon C100 is a great all-around camera for narrative films, documentary, promos and commercials, gimbal shots- anything that doesn’t require 4K, super slow motion (120+ fps), or a low public profile. The sensor and processor in the camera do a great job of making low light footage look decent at high ISOs. Canon’s C-Log gives you great dynamic range and onboard ND filters make your life shooting under the Roman sun a little easier. Hook up a Rode NTG1 to one of the camera’s XLR jacks, switch on the phantom power and you can record great-sounding audio with no need for syncing in post. The camera feels great in the hand, takes any Canon EF or EF-S glass you might have in your own arsenal, and looks pretty cool too.
The 501HDV is a fluid head tripod kit for smooth pans and tilts. The head is mounted to a 75mm bowl that makes it a breeze to level the camera on uneven terrain: just twist the centre column knob and use the bubble level! It’s heavy duty and handles the C100 without breaking a sweat.
The Tascam DR-10L is a dead simple, high quality audio recorder that records to MicroSD cards, runs on a single AAA battery, and comes with a very good lavaliere mic- all of which make it a great choice for recording interview subjects. Make sure to record a scratch track using one of the C100’s built-in mics and synchronizing the DR-10L’s audio in post should be a breeze.