Another question I get a lot when talking about eclipses relates to cameras. Recording the eclipse event as a TV special is not an easy thing. So much is going on at once. You will be more or less forced into picking a few aspects of the eclipse to record. Those TV specials involve several professional photographers with very different rigs.
So what is the best solution for the novice? DON'T PHOTOGRAPH! Just watch and enjoy the eclipse. Leave the photography to the professionals. After the eclipse many images will be posted online and available to trade or purchase. Those geeky photography buffs concentrating on getting a great corona image will be happy to trade for an image of them at their equipment.
And if you insist on photographing the event, what is best? Video wide field showing people, the sky, and most important, recording all the sounds. Most of the noise will be from the people immediately near the camera as they gasp, excitingly point out details, applaud, and more.