in my bag

I try to remain as light and mobile as possible, which is easier said than done when shooting both stills and movies. Equipment is secondary in the art of photography and movie making, but nevertheless, capable gear and good technical knowledge can go a fair way towards the results we are all chasing. Here you'll see whats currently in my bag and some of the reasoning behind the purchases.

 

Sony a7rii camera

This full frame camera from Sony replaced my Canon 5DMKII, the dynamic range, resolution, EVF and 5 axis stabilisation are game changers for me, I've also found the USB charging to be particularly useful when doing long time lapse shoots. The video capabilities are also remarkable for a camera of this size, 4k internal recording with a solid codec, log gamma profiles, zebras and focus peaking make it a pleasure to shoot with. This camera is extremely versatile, a hybrid without the usual cons.

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sony rx100IV camera 

Sometimes you don't want to carry a big camera around with you, or you'd like another camera for B roll footage, this little gem from Sony fits the bill. Capable of incredibly high quality internal 4k recording, and more uniquely, 1080p - 120fps slow motion footage, (that retains enough latitude for grading) is nothing short of mind blowing. The pop out EVF is also very useful in bright sunlight. This camera is almost welded to my hand, it goes with me everywhere.

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lenses

I've now fully converted to all Sony glass, the beautiful Zeiss 21mm pictured above is used when the shot is really worth the extra effort. I own a complete set of Sony GM zooms, 16-35, 24-70, and, 70-300 - the image quality is so good on full frame zooms these days, I just can't justify the weight of fixed optics in most situations. 

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filters

I carry the Lee Filter System with a variety of gradient ND's, Tiffen Variable ND's, that are essential for video work and B+W Circular Polarizing filters, which I rarely use.

 

 

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Video hardware

I use the Rhino Evo 24" Slider with Motion for some timelapses.

The Pilotfly H2 video gimbal is invaluable for keeping footage stable, it's super useful for shooting in moving vehicles, and slowmotion. 

Finally, the DJI Mavic drone allows for some truly epic shots from high in the sky.

 

Everything Else

 

  • Bag - Lowepro Whistler BP 350 AW

  • Tripod - Gitzo GT2545T Series 2

  • Grip - Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip

  • Displays - NEC PA242W 

  • Audio Recorder - Sony PCM D-100

  • Printer - Epson Surecolor p400

  • Data Backup - WD 3TB Passport Pro