LOUPES/MAGNIFIERS/HOODSAt the top of the equipment list is a loupe like those made by Hoodman and Zacuto. These are put over the camera's LCD screen, blocking out extraneous light and allowing the camera operator to finely tune focus. When pressed against the face, it also gives a sturdy point of stabilization.
STABILIZING RIGS, FLUID HEADS AND FOLLOW-FOCUSTo further aid in the capture of smooth and tack-sharp shots, companies such as Cotton Carrier, Redrock Micro and Zacuto are producing stabilization and focusing systems. For Steadicam-looking shots, the Jaybilizer HDSLR is an affordable camera stabilizer that's optimized for cameras weighing between two and four pounds. At the high end is the Glidecam X-10, a body-mounted, professional camera-stabilization system. Small dolly systems such as the Kessler Pocket Dolly and the Cinevate Atlas FLT have been designed for the HDSLR market and can add high production values to a project for a relatively low cost.
When I'm not handholding a shot or using a dolly system, I mount my camera on a Manfrotto 128LP Micro Fluid Video Head on a carbon-fiber tripod for ultrasmooth pans (moving horizontally) and tilts (moving vertically). Ballheads can be an effective option, but care must be taken not to strip the head.