There’s a difference between listing popular gear releases from the year and talking about what gear you actually use on a day-to-day basis.
One of the most popular camera review and tech channels around, Potato Jet, recently released a thorough look at what he uses, why he uses it, and how these pieces of equipment help on a day-to-day basis. Let’s take a look.
If anyone was looking for an alternative to the widely popular Canon C200 and maybe an improvement on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera lineup, this could be exactly what you need. Below is one of my favorite videos on YouTube, and it was shot entirely with the Canon C70.
Shure SM7B Microphone
This is hands-down the most popular microphone for almost any type of creator.
Whether you’re running a podcast, YouTube channel, or needing some crispy clean narration and VO, this is the mic for you. I actually just purchased one last week because Todd Blankenship suggested it, and I always do what Todd says, because he’s the master of quality.
Now, while most filmmakers won't find a lot of day-to-day use out of a 360 camera, anybody dipping their toes into the world of 3D will know the importance of 360 cameras. For some context, you can look at how creators are using these little cameras to create stunning realistic textures within their 3D work.
Waterproof to 4m (13')
Peak Design Carbon Fiber Tripod
These tripods are a shooter's dream due to their durability, weight, and size. If you can get past the steep price point, these tripod systems are a sound investment for any filmmaker that plans on long, strenuous days with your gear on your back.
While these tripods are limited to the smaller, mirrorless/DSLR-sized cameras, that limitation is starting to lose significance given the stellar capabilities of these cameras.
Sony A7s III
As someone who used to own a Sony A7s II, I can vouch for Mr. Potato’s love for the small but capable mirrorless powerhouse. You can’t beat the 12MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor, 4K 120p with 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording, and its stunning low-light capabilities.
In the video, he uses it while riding in the back of a boat getting himself and the camera quite wet. While he recommends not following in his footsteps, I say why not? Go for it. Live your life and throw your cameras into the ocean. There are no rules to filmmaking. Do you think Martin Scorsese followed these rules? Heck no.
Do you own any of this gear? Got some thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Potato Jet