Getting gear for filming is a gradual process and over the years, Kevin’s seen a lot of upgrades to improve his video content, not only on YouTube, but also during freelance wedding filming.
- Camera+Lens and Microphone
Undoubtedly, the most important components of equipment when it comes to video are its visuals and sounds. For the camera(s), Kevin uses the Sony A7RII – you might want to check out its price – as his primary camera, and the Sony RX100 as his secondary camera. The A7RII isn’t a necessity when it comes to YouTube but it does help Kevin during freelance work, where lighting conditions aren’t very favorable. Prime lenses are Kevin’s favorite, so he uses the Sony 2.8 35mm lens, which offers great auto-focus times and super sharp depth of field, due to the Carl Zeiss glass, without being very heavy. Most of the time when filming outside, he pairs a Tifan ND filter with the lens for lowering the aperture and making the video dimmer in such bright conditions.
The Audio Technica AT875R condenser microphone is responsible for his audio, and it is paired with the H4n. The H4n is capable of taking multiple XLR audio outputs. This is useful when filming weddings, as it plugs directly into the DJ’s board, providing great audio output.
Kevin uses the Ninja Assassin – quite a fitting name, as his monitor, and it also doubles as a recorder. This allows him to record for more than 30 minutes at a time, straight into an SSD, which sits right with the monitor. The touchscreen on the monitor also allows him to preview footage and make adjustments natively. The power station that comes with the Assassin helps in not only powering itself, but also his camera for up to 8 hours.
3. Camera Cage
Mounting all of this gear onto a camera isn’t the easiest thing to do, and that’s where this cage comes into play. The Varavan Zeus for the A7RII has mounting points all over it, which makes attaching the monitor and power station to the camera no problem at all. Additionally, thanks to the handle on top, carrying the cage around is no problem.
4. Tripod+Head and Slider
A stable tripod is definitely required when using the heavy duty Sony A7RII, which is what the Manfrotto 550X tripod offers. It is very sturdy, lightweight, and collapses down to offer great portability. Kevin uses the Manfrotto 502 fluid head on these legs, and the fluid head allows for great drag control, leading to silky smooth pans.
For more of the cinematic shots, Kevin uses a motorized medium slider from Edelkrone that gives him great flexibility over his shots, but if the high price tag is out of your budget, his previous slider, the K2 slider from Konova, is a great beginner’s choice.
5. Shoulder Rig
Outside of YouTube when filming weddings, the PR-1 Video Shoulder Rig comes in handy for Kevin during run and gun situations. He’s done a lot to counteract its weight, as you can see in his video, due to the shoulder rig’s modular design. The design and compatibility even lets him attach his shoulder rig directly to a tripod if a situation arises.
6. Carrying Case
All of this gear requires a place to be stored and the Pelican 1520 case is perfect for this. Although it is a $200 case, it offers great protection for storing and transporting accessories worth thousands dollars.
The collection of gear Kevin has amassed, is huge but as he says in his videos, the gear is not what makes the video. Taking cues from this list is great, but it is by no means something that all video producers must have to start on YouTube, or for film-making in general. With that said, you can check out the gear by following the hyperlinks above, and if you do decide to pick something up, let us know by commenting down below!