Last update: September 8, 2019
The following list includes all the main pieces of hardware I use when traveling and filming videos at home. Please note that these are Amazon Affiliate links, so if you purchase a product I’ll receive a small 3-8% commission for the referral (at no extra charge to you!). Appreciate the support.
Canon 5D Mark IV — A true workhorse of a camera. My primary camera for everything I shoot. Wouldn’t travel anywhere without it.
Canon 6D Mark II — Backup camera primarily used for shooting video. Half the price of a 5D Mark IV, with slightly lower resolution and fewer features, yet unlike the 5D it offers an articulating screen and dual pixel autofocus. For the money, a good full frame camera.
Canon M50 — The perfect vlogging camera. Articulating screen, side mic input, super lightweight.
Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS — Beautiful wide-angle lens perfectly suited for architecture and landscapes. There are cheaper wide angles out there, but the color, clarity, and sharpness of this Canon model is fantastic. Image stabilization a nice extra for when shooting handheld.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II — If I could have only one lens, this would be it. Perfect range of focal lengths, sharp from center to edge at all f-stops. I used the Mark I version of this lens for many years, and the Mark II is even better.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L — Beast of a lens. Really don’t like traveling with it because of its weight and size, but I love shooting landscapes with telephoto lenses. This completes the “holy trinity” of Canon EF lenses encompassing all focal lengths from 16mm-200mm.
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II — When the aforementioned 70-200 isn’t enough, it’s time for the 100-400. This lens is most popular with sports and wildlife photographers, but I’ve found it to be a highly creative tool with landscapes. Amazing at isolating subjects far off in the distance and for capturing details which might otherwise be impossible to capture.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art — Fantastic wide angle prime lens. What distinguishes this lens is its huge aperture of f/1.4. Perfect lens for low-light situations or anytime a shallow depth of field is needed. Just as sharp as my Canon L lenses for hundreds less.
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8 — Super wide angle lens with a fast aperture best suited for astrophotography. Manual focusing, aperture selection on the lens. Very affordable. Haven’t had a chance to really put this lens to work, but I will be doing so soon.
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 — Tiny wide angle for the Canon M50. I prefer this lens over the M50’s kit 15-45mm lens. That extra 4mm really helps get more of the environment into your shot when vlogging handheld.
Lee Filters Foundation Kit / Filter Holder — Fantastic filter holder which attaches to the front of my 77mm and 82mm lenses. Holds the following filters.
Lee Filters Soft Edge Graduated Filters — Includes a 0.6 and 0.9 rectangular graduated filter. Perfect filters for darkening skies and evening-out exposures.
Lee Filters Little Stopper Neutral Density Filter — Reduces incoming light by 6 stops. For use with the Lee filter system and other holders which accept 100mm glass.
Lee Filters Big Stopper Neutral Density Filter — Reduces incoming light by 10 stops. I use this ND filter more than the Little Stopper, for it makes the effects of long exposures smoother and more intentional. It does however have a very strong blue color cast which can be removed when shooting RAW and adjusting your white balance/tint in post.
Breakthrough Photography 105mm Circular Polariser — Quality circular polariser. Use this with the Lee filter holder and separately with step-up rings.
Tripods, Heads and Accessories
Benro Mach3 Extra Long Carbon Fiber 4 Series Tripod — Solid tripod at a good price. I purchased the “Extra Long” version because I’m tall and got tired of leaning over to look through the viewfinder.
Benro Low-Profile Triple Action Ball Head (G3) — Perfect compliment to the Mach3 tripod. Smooth, strong, and very stable. Holds my heavy 5D Mark IV with telephoto lenses attached, no problem.
Acratech Leveling Base — I got tired of endlessly adjusting tripod legs to get level shots, so I picked up this leveling base from Acratech. Super fast and easy way to get your fluid or ball head level (which is especially helpful for panoramas). Solid construction, well designed, Made in the USA.
Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIV L Plate — Indispensable tripod mount for the Canon 5D Mark IV. Allows you to quickly switch between landscape and portrait orientations by flipping the camera body. How I ever lived without an L plate, I’ll never know. This Sunwayfoto model is solid, provides access to all the 5D's ports, and is more affordable than other L plates.
Vanguard SB-100 Stone Bag — The perfect tripod bag for adding weight or for holding lenses, filters, etc. Folds-up inside the tripod legs when closed, so I just leave it attached all the time.
PolarPro ND Filters for Mavic Pro 2 — Essential when shooting video in medium-to-bright light. This particular six pack includes six ND4, ND8 and ND16 strength filters, three of which include polarization. These really bring out the best possible color and exposure on your Mavic Pro 2.
PGYTECH Landing Gear for Mavic Pro 2 — Using drones in the city is one thing, but out in nature you have to contend with rocks, grass, weeds, sand, etc, whenever you fly your drone. This set of landing gear raises the drone a good inch-and-a-half off the ground so the propellers don’t collide with anything.
DJI Ronin SC 3-Axis Gimbal — I’ve been wanting a gimbal for a while to help stabilize my footage when vlogging and shooting b-roll, but avoided doing so because of the weight and cost of most gimbals. Then DJI came out the Ronin SC, a smaller, lighter, more affordable gimbal designed for mirrorless cameras (like my Canon M50). Now learning how to use it for my next photography trips out west.
DJI Osmo Pocket (DJI store) — An entire video rig in your pocket! This tiny little camera creates high-quality video at 1080, 2.5k and 4k through a lens mounted on a floating gimbal. The result is super smooth video which looks great, especially when shot in D-log and color graded. Very much enjoy using this when capturing b-roll on the go.
PolarPro ND Filters for DJI Osmo Pocket — Basic set of ND filters which magnetically attach to the front of the Osmo Pocket. Essential if you want to shoot at slower, more natural shutter speeds in daylight.
Rode Wireless Go — For me, the perfect wireless microphone. Allows me to wirelessly record lav mic’d audio directly to the camera. Super light, rechargeable via USB, quality sound. Perfect for travel and on-the-go shooting.
Lavalier mic — Affordable mono lav mic. Comes with a super long cable. I travel with two of these in case one breaks.
Rode VideoMic X — Great microphone for capturing high-quality stereo audio of environments. Great mic for capturing the ambient sound of a space.
Zoom ZH1 H1 Digital Recorder — What I use to record audio anytime I want to use something other than my camera.
Godox SL-60W — Great light at a fantastic price. Use this as my key light.
Glow Softbox — I own the 38” and mount it to my Godox SL-60W. Beautiful light with two layers of diffusion plus a free grid which attaches to the front to minimize light spillage around your subject. Great price.
Neewer C-Stands — I initially tried going the cheap route with light stands, but they didn’t work well at all. Replaced them with these c-stands from Neewer. Super solid construction, easy to use, and they open up all kinds of creative opportunities for mounting cameras and lights. Worthwhile investment.
Tascam DR-60D MKII — Used to record audio when making videos at home. Functions as both a camera pre-amp and standalone recorder.
Deity V-Mic D3 Pro — Fantastic shotgun microphone. Mounts to the hot shoe of your camera and connects using a 3.5mm “smart” cable. The mic has a built-in rechargeable battery, or you can run phantom power using the appropriate adapter and cable.
Aputure AL-M9 LED Mini Light — Super bright light in a tiny package. Goes anywhere.
Canon PIXMA Pro-10 Printer — It just doesn’t get any better than making your own prints at home. The Canon Pro-10 creates beautiful prints and is a solid performer.
Drobo 5DT — Solid, dependable, and infinitely expandable. This is what I store all my original RAW images and video files on.
Odds and ends
WhiBal G7 Pocket Card — The perfect white balance card. Easily stores with your credit cards so you always have it with you.
Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 backpack — Super customizable backpack with plenty of internal storage and adjustable dividers to get just the right fit. Carry-on friendly. This carries my gear everywhere.
Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Hard Drive — My travel backup drive. Rugged enough, good value.
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp — Fantastic headlamp for hiking and working in the dark. Super bright LED. Unlike budget headlamps, this has an additional red light for use at night to help protect your vision.
FEELLE Solar Power Bank — Free energy! I bought this mostly for camping and emergency purposes, but I now use it all the time — even at home. Integrated battery, compact, waterproof, 2 USB ports, plus a flashlight. Can use this to charge my phone, camera batteries, power chargers, whatever! Love it.