This will be a pretty quick post as my friends at the Wallingford Chocolati are about to close. Been like a nutty squirrel adding some outstanding gear to my production kit. A rundown since our last visit:
- 3x Dracast LED lights with 2x V Mount batteries. (Perfect for travel and interviews off the grid).
- Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art lens. (An amazing lens. Maybe the best one in my kit. I know have a crazy fast zoom lens kit including the Tokina 11-20 f/2.8, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, this new Sigma and the outstanding Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II.
- Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II (It’s hard to say that the Sigma is actually a better lens then this the latest version of this venerable workhorse. Let’s just say the Sigma is a little bit eaasier to work with indoors. I am very proud of this Canon lens. A must have for event photography and video).
- DJI Ronin M. (I picked up this amazing gimbal from a friend. What can I say. It’s an amazing piece of kit. I can’t wait to start using it on set.
- DJI Osmo+. Why the Osmo+ when I already have the Ronin? Well lets just say it is very light and compact. For quick shots it will come in very handy. For larger crew jobs or for when we have more time for setup I will definetlly be excited about binging out the Ronin. For a quick walk and talk. Osmo all the way.
- Mavic Pro (That’s right. I’m going aerial! After seeing what my good friend Jeremiah Keynor can do I figured it was finally time for me to get a hand in the game. I’m excited to see what I can do with this).
In addition to these things I’ve also added a few support items to make the experience more enjoyable. I’ve got a custom “Easyrig” type harness to support the Ronin on shoots going over 15 minutes. This is going to help sooooo much. I’ve seen my friends struggle with this and although I’m sure I will be challanged at times I’m excited to have this little “crutch” to help ease the pain. For both my Osmo and Mavic I’ve picked up some small ND filters to maintian a proper shutter speed and exposure. Well the baresta has warned us he is about to close. Better wrap things up.
Let me know if you need my help on any of your shoots; aerial, gimbal camera or hybrid positions. I also have one of the nicesest sound kits north of Hollywood. So give me a shout for sound as well. I just love to create, to work hard making amazing film and video with other hard working professionals. It’s a little weird branching out from sound. But actually as my sound career has taken off I never stopped being a hard nosed DP and mercurial (though well organized) director. Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog. I promise to add some photos and correct spelling errors soon. Cheers! Happy 2017!