My Gear

I get questions about what equipment I use. I want to emphasize that the equipment that you use is only one element of the video. I’ve seen some pretty great videos out there that are shot with a smart phone. I’ve used a lot of different equipment over the years, but here’s the rundown of the equipment I use for shooting my videos currently.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix G85 Mirrorless DSLM Camera (for 4k video)

Panasonic Lumix G85

I went with the G85 because it shoots beautiful 4k video, it’s super small in format since it’s a Micro 4/3 format, and it’s packed with features. The cost is less than the comparable Sony 4k cameras but apparently the Panasonics don’t have as good of an auto-focus system and aren’t quite as good in low light. I haven’t shot with the Sonys so it’s hard to compare, but price-wise, the Panasonic was a no-brainer.

Lenses:

Panasonic Lumix G H-H020 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens

Panasonic 20mm F1.7 Lens

This is my main lens for shooting since it can take in a good amount of light, has a narrow depth of field, is light-weight and shoots at a relatively wide angle.

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. Digital Interchangeable Zoom Lens

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. Digital Interchangeable Zoom Lens

This is a kit lens that I use less frequently but it’s great when you need a bit more of a range.

 

Audio:

Rode VideoMicro

Rode VideoMicro

I love that this microphone is powered through the audio cable and that it’s small and light. The audio is decent and it’s so much easier to use this than lapel mic.

Audio-Technica ATR3350 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone

Audio-Technica ATR3350 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone

You’ll notice me wearing this one in many of my videos. It’s hard to beat the sound clarity of wired lapel mic.

 

30″ Soft box lights

Manfroto Tripods

 

Before May 2017 I was using:

Canon 70D and Canon 7D DSLRs

Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens