• February 2021 •
I totally understand that camera equipment is expensive and investing in a new lens or microphone is no small decision. With more options, comes the overwhelming feeling for you to pick what the best something is for you. For the past three years, I have worked as a photographer/videographer and have picked up a lot of equipment along the way. I have put together a list of my favourite equipment to help you…
Sony vs. Canon is one of the most heated debates in the industry. Personally, I am a Sony girl! I have used the Sony A7sii for both the Photography and Videography services I offer to my clients. It is the perfect all rounder in my opinion!
I also invested in another camera body. As I work both with film and photography it helps me on shoots where I need to be doing both. The Sony A7Riii performance is deeply impressive. It offers superb resolution, great dynamic range, and overall image quality. It is just a bit of a step up from the Sony A7sii but both work well together.
Sony G-master 2.8 24-70mm
My favorite lens is my Sony G-master 2.8 24-70mm. This is my go to lens and gives some amazing photo and video shots. The G Master Sony range is expensive however, I use this lens for most things I do as it is so versatile.
Sony 1.4 50mm
Also in my kit, I have a super sharp Sony 1.4 50mm lens. This was the first ever lens I bought, and considering the price, it is amazing for a starter lens. I mainly use this lens for portraits and product photography, as it is brilliant at capturing detail. It is a very compact lens, easy and light. Taking it traveling is perfect and also using it on a gimbal.
Next, I have a great wide lens, my Sony 10-18mm. I love this lens for interior and exterior property shots and travel landscapes. It is a nice compact lens so again super nice to have it balanced on a gimbal too.
Canon 2.8 70-200mm
Last, of my lens, I have a Canon 2.8 70-200mm lens. Yes, that’s right CANON. I love the quality of this lens so much. It is brilliant for capturing sports content as it has such a great range for distance but produces good quality, sharp shots.
Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount T Smart Adapter
This brings me onto Metabones Adapter. In order for the Canon lens to work with my Sony cameras, I have a Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount T Smart Adapter.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD
As for accessories I use SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD cards. These SD cards have shot speeds up to 95MB/s, transfer speeds up to 170MB/s, and 300MB/s which is perfect for shooting 4K video and sequential burst mode photography. I also have Mirco SD cards for my drone and GoPro.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB: https://amzn.to/2ZpJw9s
SanDisk Extreme PRO 170B: https://amzn.to/37iJ2Gs
I also have two types of microphones by RODE. I first bought a Rode microphone VideoMic Go. This is a directional mic that sits on top of my camera and captures sounds in an open environment. I then also have Rode Wireless Go Wireless that works similar to lapel microphones, with much closer and clearer sound.
RODE GO MIC: https://amzn.to/3qrd9Dl
Rode Wireless Go: https://amzn.to/3poZATG
Laptops and PCs
Lastly in my essential kit is my laptop and PC. You don’t have a finished product until you have bought your footage into post-production. When it comes to editing content whilst on the road, I find that you cannot beat the Macbook Pro. I have had mine for over ten years and it is still going strong. I also have a PC computer in my office that has a super-fast graphics card, meaning it can process the big video and image files better than my Mac. I can’t actually link this as my dad built it! (how mad)
Even though I have not labeled the following list of equipment as essential, they have helped and improved my film and photography in many ways and I still highly recommend them.
My first tripod I bought for video is Velbon DV-7000N Video Tripod. It is a brilliant and sturdy tripod. I then invested in a Manfrotto 190x tripod. This tripod is super versatile and next lightweight and easy to move around. I have also used it for product photography as it has very adjustable functions.
Manfrotto 190x tripod. https://amzn.to/3puo4L4
As the Sony cameras (and most DSLR cameras) don’t have a great screen I have recently purchased a ANDYCINE A6 Plus 5.5’’ IPS Touchscreen Monitor. This is touch-sensitive and helps me visualise and adjust controls on my camera when filming. It packs 400 pixels per inch and provides a wide viewing angle of 160° and for easier off-axis position monitoring. Built-in 3D LUT color calibration, which complies with the standard of REC-709, can calibrate each monitor so that it can eliminate the trouble of color cast.
If you are all about capturing adventure and action shots, this may be the camera you have been looking for. Unlike the other GoPro cameras, the GoPro fusion is a true 360 camera. It uses a single forward-facing lens as well as two ultra-wide angle lenses to capture a 360 spherical image of everything around it. I love the different perspectives I am able to capture with this camera for Ad shots.
I also have a DJI mavic air drone for some great high shots. This drone has pretty much everything you need to create panoramic pictures whilst also being very reasonable in price. (It sure does hum loudly though!)
Anker is one of the biggest and best brands for power banks. More often than not shoots will overrun so I find my Anker PowerCore battery power bank lifesaving. The best part is that Anker makes affordable products and their power banks are designed to be slimline so it is perfect for traveling and to slip into a pocket for when it is needed.
Lastly, a good bag is the foundation of your tool kit. A good bag is the foundation of your kit. Chances are, you will have a few depending on what equipment you need to take with you. I use the CIA Pro Bennie limited edition Douche Bag. This is super compact and has great section dividers to keep all my equipment in one place.
Technology is constantly evolving which makes it extremely difficult for us all to keep up with the latest equipment especially with the prices. However, photography and film equipment is more accessible and fairly easy and cost-effective to hire. I have rented a lot of various equipment through FatLama. It is a great way to test out a tool to see if it suits you as a creative.
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions about equipment or anything photography and videography related I would love to hear from you. Send any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Instagram @jendeberigny for more tips!
Until next time 🙂