Photography is a big part of what I do here because honestly, pictures tell the story a whole lot better than words sometimes. Plus I know how people like to see gear lists so I thought it about time to update this page.
Below you will find a complete list (and of course some photos) of all the photography gear that I use. The below list is current as of February 2017. However, could easily change at any time (you know how things go). But I will attempt to keep the list as up to date as possible.
I divide my equipment into four different categories or kits. The four kits are still images, video, adventure and aerial photography. However, essentially all the components from both the still and video kits are interchangeable except for the lens from the video kit.
Still Photography Kit – Canon 6D, Canon 24-105mm F4L Lens, Canon 100mm F2.8 Lens, Sigma 50mm F1.4 Lens, Canon 430EX Flash
Video Kit – Canon EOS M3, Canon 14-42mm Lens, Rode Video Mic Pro & Zoom H5 Recorder
Adventure Kit – GoPro Hero 3 Black,
Aerial Kit – DJI Phantom 4
Still Photography Kit
Landscape and travel photography has been a passion of mine for many years. In some form or another, I have owned a camera since a young age. The still photography kit is the one that I have developed and upgraded over the years.
My choice of camera is the Canon 6D. At the time I purchased this camera it was the only full frame DSLR with built-in GPS. The GPS makes a huge difference when you are travelling, and makes it so easy to pinpoint where a photo was taken later.
The lens I use on the Canon 6D is the Canon 24-105mm F4L. It is the lens that is included in the kit with the camera and does cover 95% of my needs beyond the other two lenses in this kit. I would like a little more on the telephoto end of things, but it is not essential for me.
Both of Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro and the Sigma 50mm lenses are great for a number of different situations. Although I have considered selling the 100mm on a number of occasions I just do not get the use from it.
Finally, the Canon 430EX flash is an essential part of this kit, as the Canon 6D does not have a built-in flash. However, I do not mind this as there are times that I find the on-camera flash can fire and you do not want it to. By requiring an additional flash it only works when you want it to.
To be honest I could easily capture video with the equipment in the still photography kit. Except for one feature that is missing, the Canon 6D does not autofocus while capturing video.
As such, I did a fair bit of research and eventually decided to purchase the Canon EOS M3. There were three reasons for this choice.
- The form factor and small size of the camera.
- The external microphone port
- Compatibility with my other camera lenses with the additional lens mount.
The Canon EOS M3 also does capture some great still images, so it is sort of like a back-up for my still kit as well.
The lens that I have with the EOS M3 is one from the kit, a 14-42mm lens. However as mentioned above the lens from the Canon 6D will also work with the EOS M3. I had to purchase the additional EOS M mount adapter, but it is well worth it.
For audio, I have two options depending on the circumstances. When walking around with the camera the Rode VideoMic Pro sits in the hot shoe, dramatically improving the quality of the built-in audio. In other situations, I can connect the Zoom H5 which will capture audio through its own built-in microphone. Additionally, I can add up to 4 XLR microphones (with an additional connector) if required.
The adventure kit is in some ways the smallest and largest kit at the same time. It is the smallest in that I only have the one small GoPro Hero 3 Black. However, at the same time, I have quite an extensive array of mounts and such that go with it. In this case photos probably provide a better indication.
The aerial kit while it does not get as much use as I would like, is my favourite. I have the DJI Phantom 4. Like some of the other equipment listed above, there was a lot of research that went into this. With so many different options for drones, it can be very difficult to figure the best option.
In some respects, the money does make a difference. But when you start researching it comes down to The DJI Phantom 4 is just about the best consumer level drone available. For a couple of reasons, some of which I describe in my post about Buying it.