Video Kit

This is my video and photo creation kit. Pretty much all the tools I use and travel with.
Things in this kit are all in my travel bag. Most of it is in the PeakDesign 30L Backpack. I love this gear.

iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Black

I think this is obvious. A phone, camera, computer, and overall communication device. Maybe I'll be cool enough one day to own one of those cool iPhone X line ones.

 

Sony Alpha a7II

I made the switch from Canon to Sony in late 2016 and decided to go to the a7II first. Then in May 2017 I also bought the a7S II for the video and lowlight capabilities. But I still prefer the A7 II for photos (megapixels sometimes count). Also having two cameras helps with the prime lenses. I love the 85mm on the Sony a7 II for photos and the 25mm on the a7S II for video for handheld vlogging.

 

Sony Alpha a7S II

In late May 2017 I bought the a7S II - in addition to my a7 II - for the video slow motion (1080p120fps & 4k internal) and lowlight capabilities. I still prefer the a7 II for photos (megapixels sometimes count) but in the video arena the a7S II is my new beast. Also having two cameras helps with the prime lenses. I love the 25mm on the a7S II for video for handheld vlogging and 85mm on the Sony a7 II for photos.

 

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0

This lens is incredible on my full frame a7. It's super sharp, nicely wide but not creepy wide. For video it's also a almost 35mm with the APS-C mode on the a7 which is super handy. I love this lens. Also this is the lens I use most of the time when shooting with the Gimbal (or handheld vlog). I also think it is wide enough for most vlogging situations (just sometimes I wish to have a 20 or 18mm).

 

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

This is a sharp beast. I sometimes wish it was a little longer (maybe 105 or 135mm) but that's a different kind of lense. This is great for portraits and throwing backgrounds out of focus. Just lovely.

 

Peak Design Capture Clip

I have both clips - the pro and non-pro. I have to say: for almost all use cases I would recommend getting the non-pro. The pro is just not that much better (and it's even a little heavier). But that aside: I love the Capture Clip. I can use it with all the plates I use. It's great! I have one of these mounted to one of the straps of my backpack. The second is mounted to my belt.

 

Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L

I enjoy this little everyday pack. It's a tiny bit too small for my taste and it would be great to feature a second place for a capture clip, but for everyday carry it's nice and very usable.

 

Peak Design Field Pouch

These are great for organizing your stuff. I use the Charcoal for my everyday stuff. Batteries, Manfrotto Mini Tripod, Keys, Money, and a Pen. I also use this with the SlideLITE and it's a great little package. This is my cable and charger bag. It's great to organize your stuff this easily.

 

Peak Design Large Camer Cube

I put this into the Travel Backpack from Peak Design and it just stays there. It's a great organizational tool and the back and side openings make it very easy to access everything easily.

 

Peak Design Slide Lite

I love the system that PeakDesign build with these little attachment things. They are everywhere on my gear. Camera, Lens Carrier, Field Pouches. It's so versatile. Just great. The best part: on my camera I can have a strap and then detach it in seconds. Where that takes forever if you don't have a strap system like this.

 

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

I upgraded my previously owned Peak Design Everyday Backpack to the Travel Line version mainly because of the back opening and more room for stuff. It's a much bigger backpack but it's so much more convenient.

 

Rode smartLav+

One amazing mic. I love this lavalier - easy to attach, and you don't have any extra bulky sender / receiver. Just easy and clear sound. Downside: you have to sync in post (or use the long cables and adapter listed as well).

 

Rode VideoMicro

Great on camera mic - small, does not need an extra battery.

 

Anker Power Core 20100

I use the PowerCore litterally wherever I go. It's in my handbag and protects me against my phone ever dying.

 

Manfrotto Phone Mount

This also has a tripod mounting plate attached and that way I can use my phone on all my tripods. Great for live streams and such.

 

NP-FW50 Dual Battery Charger

Charging batteries inside the camera does not make sense. With this charger you can charge two at the same time via USB (or just use a battery pack) - I now own two of these! In total I own 8 NP-FW50 batteries (2 original, 6 third party).

 

Quick Release Clamp

I have two of these adapter mounts. One is screwed to the Gimbal / Stabilizer, the other is on the mini Manfrotto tripod. It makes switching between these so much easier.

 

Rode SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Adapter

Adapter to also be able to record the SmartLav into a audio recorder or camera.

 

Rode VC1 10' Extension Cable

Long cable to be able to sit in front of the camera and still use the SmartLav. Kind of defeats the purpose but this way I don't have to sync in post. Especially useful when recording courses / long video material with a lot of talking.

 

Samsung T3 Portable SSD 500GB

This is probably the best upgrade to my gear I made in 2016. This drive is (I tested it) faster in reading/writing than my internal drive (since then I upgraded to a new MacBook Pro and that has a faster internal drive, but for expansion this is still my go to drive). I love it. I can't wait till I can afford to upgrade to the 2TB version of this.

 

SanDisk Ultra 128GB

You need storage in the GoPro, Sony as well as the Drone. So now I am only using these microSD cards. That way it's confusing but also easier. I have one card that could go into all of them. Oh and I have 4 or 5 of these!

 

Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod

This is an amazingly light tripod. And for me - traveling a lot - having a light tripod is one key thing.

 

Adobe Creative Cloud

For a creative person, I guess this is a must have. Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, and Audition are the programs I use most out of this suite!

 

ArtList.io / Music for Video Creators

Are you using music in your videos? Have you ever had a video be claimed by the artist? Not with this service. ArtList provides a huge library of music which you can use for your own videos as well as videos that you produce for clients!

 

LumaFusion for iOS

Mobile video editing on steroids. It's incredibly powerful and you can do a lot on the go. I still prefer to work on my MacBook and feel more productive there but if I must do it mobile, this is the tool for bigger videos.

 

Spark Camera App

If you just want to spice up your InstaStory, Spark is the App for you! It's easy to use and very powerful for all the basics of a nice vertical video.

 

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