Bodging together a jib from stuff mostly in the garage, has cost about $15 so far.
Presumably because of the compression/downscaling/upscaling that occurs before the final image, for video I cant tell any difference between my 18-55 kit lense set to 35mm, or my Samyang 35mm F1.4.
Even if I pixel peeped I'm not sure if I could tell the difference, so it's certainly not going to make any noticable difference to the casual observer after upload to Youtube.
Seeing how it's near impossible to pull focus or have narrow DOF nicely while on the end of a crane, kit lense wins for this application.
Also being significantly lighter on the long side of the pivot point means a lot less counter weight required, which in turns makes the whole thing lighter over all and practical to carry by myself.
Have got a field monitor on the way to make it a bit easier to operate from the far end, although the flippy 600D screen certainly makes things easier. Shotgun mic not pictured, just a cheap one but audio quality seems plenty good for intended application.
I've got a netbook + Blue yeti mic for placing closer to the source if needing some better quality audio to synch up later.
I'm filming a race day this coming week, and the aftemath (big party etc) So it should be fun, first decently big even that I'll have filmed.
Bit of a learning curve, not looking forward to the editing though haha.