Updated Jun 2020
Here is a comprehensive list of photography and videography gear that I use on a regular basis.
Nikon Z6 - Full frame mirrorless marvel, a beautifully designed camera that I really enjoy using and is currently the camera I'm most likely to grab off the shelf both for photography and video. I'm using it with excellent 24-70mm f4 and hope to add some new Z primes to the collection soon.
Canon 80D - A great robust camera that I've used to record most of my videos on YouTube due to its awesome face detect and tracking auto focus.
Nikon D3500 - Whilst this may be Nikons entry level camera, the D3500 is a really capable DSLR and takes great images, I use this a lot on my workshops.
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 1500D - Similar to the Nikon D3500 in terms of specs and image quality, a spare camera for my courses.
Fujifilm X100S - There are so many reasons why I love this camera and will almost certainly be upgrading to the X100V very soon. A beautifully designed mirrorless camera with a fixed 23mm (35mm equiv) f2 lens - the perfect street camera.
Nikon D3400 - I don't shoot with this camera anymore but is available for my students to use on my courses.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D - I don't shoot with this camera anymore but is available for my students to use on my courses.
AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 telephoto lens - sports, wildlife, portraits, a stunning sharp lens.
AF-S Nikkor 17-55 f2.8 G ED DX - suits the cropped (DX) cameras and is a superb portrait lens.
AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8 G DX - A fantastic budget prime for the cropped sensor Nikons.
EFS 18-55mm IS - The standard kit lens that actually performs well and features Image Stabilisation.
EFS 10-18mm IS - A relatively cheap wide angle lens, not the sharpest lens by a long way but great for wide shots when I'm recording videos.
EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 II - An entry level telephoto for Canon APS-C sensor cameras that actually performs surprisingly well.
EF 50mm f1.8 STM - Commonly called the "Nifty Fifty" this lens is a bargain and a must-have if you are a Canon user.
Nikon FTZ adaptor - this allows F mount lenses to be attached to the new Z mount (Mirrorless cameras).
Canon 80D - I record most of my YouTube videos with 80D. I'm starting to also use the Nikon Z6 but I'm waiting for an ATOMOS monitor to arrive as the Z6 does not have a reversible LCD.
Insta 360 One X - This 360° camera is amazing and allows me to capture some incredible shots that simply could not have been done with any other camera.
DJI Mavic Pro - I don't feature much drone footage in my videos, but when I do this does everything I need
Rode Wireless Go - A compact wireless microphone set up that I use along with the Lavalier Go mic.
Rode NT-USB - This sits on my desk and connect to my iMac and is the perfect mic for adding voice overs during editing.
Rode VideoMic Pro - On camera microphone for use outdoors.
I import all my images to Lightroom for cataloging, tagging and editing. I also use Photoshop when required. I also use Adobe Premiere Pro for editing my videos on YouTube.
I've moved all my storage to SSD and particularly like the Samsung SSD range which are lightning fast, reliable and also perfect for travel as they are so small and compact.
BAGS / STORAGE
I've been a long time fan of the Think Tank range of bags which are really well designed and functional. My main bag is a backpack which is the Think Tank Airport Essentials, I've also recently picked up a Retrospective 5 for when I want to travel light and also a Retrospective 10.
Maintaining an keeping you gear in good condition is extremely important, I use the Giottos cleaning kit.
More to come . . .
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