Whether you’re buying a new camera or choosing which lens to rent for a shoot, deciding on gear requires some thoughtful research. Filmmakers and educators Duy Linh Tu and Caleb Pike joined the The 2013 Documentary Equipment & Tools Workshop #docchat on November 12, 2013, to answer your questions and give demos of their gear, from the Canon C100 to shoulder rigs and Porta Brace bags.

Learn more about the “six-month” rule that Tu and Pike embrace in the full video below.

And if you haven’t yet, check out the results of POV’s 2013 Documentary Filmmaking Equipment Survey based on responses from 150 working filmmakers.

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