How the magic happens?
Over the past 4 years, we've been building up our gear bag to enable us to shoot the finest 4k cinematic footage when it comes to Travel content creation. Our primary focus has been to only buy gear that we can carry on us at all times and not just collect equipment that gets stored away for months on end.
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Primary Camera Sony A7Siii
The Sony A7Siii is every travel videographer's camera of choice.
we love it because it shoots 4k 120 FPS (for that buttery slow-mo footage) and is the best camera for shooting low light scenes with its dual ISO feature.
Very rarely do we have to get out lights to capture a scene at night. this makes a huge difference in time taken to film
Secondary Camera Sony A7iii
Our first major investment in terms of camera equipment this camera is the ultimate hybrid camera for Video & Still Imagery.
The ability to shoot 22MP stills, capture 4k in 30 FPS & HD 120FPS video makes this camera an ideal secondary camera for our bag today.
If you are just starting out. the A7iii is definitely the way to go. Much of our initial success is thanks to this bad boy.
Whilst the A7iv is the updated version of this camera we still this provides great value for what it offers.
Action Camera - Go Pro Hero 8
We love using the go pro as our action camera as it is rugged camera that shoots 4k and has a variety of accessories readily available for any situation.
Majority of our timelapses, underwater and FPV footage is shot with this rugged little camera.
Primary Drone - DJI Air2S
As travel content creators having drone footage in your videos makes such a huge difference. as such we've continued to upgrade our drones over the years keeping 2 main points in mind.
1. Space occupied in our bag
3. Expendability (Drones tend to crash)
The Air2S is up to date our best pick for the above reasons as it provides superb 4k footage with 10 bit colour with the 1 inch sensor which is also great for low-light envrionments..
Secondary Drone - DJI MAVIC AIR 2
We've filmed a majority of our recent drone work on this Drone and it has proven to be reliable and worthy purchase for us.
The timelapse & hyperlapse features on this drone coupled with its long flight time really makes for a unique shot that you can capture with any other UAV at this price point.
Back-up drone - DJI Spark
The Dji spark was our entry into the world of drone filming. whilst the newer and updated Mavic mini 2 does offer more battery life. this legend holds a special place in our hearts. and will forever be our back up drone.
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8
The most versatile lens we own it is our go-to glass for 75% of our filming run & gun travel content.
If you can only invest in 1 lens for your sony e-mount system. This is the lens to go for in our opinion.
Tamron 70-180mm F2.8
Our most recent purchase to our kit bag. this lens is awesome to get some super unique shots paired with a gimbal.
If like us you our a wildlife lover too. this lens is a pretty great one to own..
Samyang 14mm F2.8
Our go-to lens for shooting hotels & indoor spaces. although a super cheap lens. this one has served us well.
*The auto-focus on this lens cannot be relied on so best plan to use it on manual mode
Dji Ronin RS2
An absolute must have if you are planning on offering commercial work to clients. the Ronin RS2 comes with a whole host of features that we are yet to explore. but we love being able to use of our camera+lens combinations on this gimbal and get super smooth footage.
Zhiyun Smooth 4
One of our first Gimbal purchases. having a Phone gimbal is always a good investment. with the rise of short format verticle video. we find ourselves using this oldy for a few clips for verticle videos.
Rode Video Mic Pro
You cant go wrong with this shotgun mic. we'd had it for over 4 years and have really put it to the tests in all sorts of environments. and it still produces amazing audio.
This one is a must no matter which camera setup you go for.
Saramonic Blink 500
The secret to us producing TV grade production has been in the use of wireless mics which let us shoot from distances far more than a shotgun mic could reach.
This set has served us well both for youtuble vlogs as well as commercial work where we able to very easily get interviews without intimidating the guests we were filming.
As revolutionary as the Saramonic Mic system was for our style of shooting. one this we did not enjoy was the clipping of audio when physically obstructed or in high frequency zones.
The DJI mic solves that with inbuilt recording feature on each mic, as well as a nifty all in one carrying case which charges the units.
A great entry level Constant COB LED light for shooting commercial work and lighting up a home youtube studio.
The price to quality ratio is one you cannot find any of the other lights at this price point. .
A great carry on LED RGB light kit for when we are filming hotels. the set is easily transportable. and we love using it for that very reason.
Whilst it may not be the best in the industry. if you are looking to brighten up your scenes just a little and increase the production quality with a 3 point lighting kit. This kit is for you.
Once you start investing in all this gear its equally important that you invest in a secure and comfortable bag to transport it all around. The Lowepro 450 has been Shehaan's go to bag for carrying majority of the equipment mentioned above.
Its a well manufactured bag that has stood the test of time and is holding up as good as it was on the day we bought it.
Our only qualm with it is that the bag in itself is not waterproof.
PGYTECH One Mo
Our most recent bag purchase. the One mo offers just as much space & customizability the lowepro but with the added security of being waterproof.
The included drone bag is also super handy
M1 Pro Macbook pro 2021
I thnk very little needs to be said about this absolute beast of a machine. as of late we've been filming 4k projects in 10-bit colour and editing it all real time whilst on the move all thanks to this mac.
It comes in at a heafty price point but if you are planning on making this a full time profession. make the investment and go for the M1Pro.
Acer Predator Helios 300
Our windows editing Laptop. the helios has served us well in editing all of our projects in HD with a breeze. since we've moved to 4k we did have to add in the additional step of Proxying our footage. but she's still a reliable machine with a lot of room for upgrades.
Sandisk Extreme Pro SSD
Shooting 4k project is all fun untill it comes to offloading the footage and working on them with a team.
Using these SSD's with USB-c has changed the game for us.
A must of have as an external editing drive.
Synology DS920+ NAS Drive
When you are 2 years in and you just cant manage your all your footage. or like us one of your hardrive malfunction and you lose all your data.
Then you no its time to invest in a NAS system.
this one needs an entire video to explain the importance of this importance.