Here's a list of my photography, filmmaking & everyday tech gear, including reading and listening as well!
It's not about what's the most expensive piece of gear, or what is the "best" but rather about budget solutions that are good enough for what I do, and good enough for me to recommend to others as well.
My Photography Gear 📸
My main photography camera is the Fujifilm X100V, however for the past year I've been focusing on budget cameras, the best bang for the buck that can help people get started in their photography journey.
Unfortunately, I can't point you in the right direction to purchase older used cameras like the X100 & the X-Pro1, you're gonna have to hunt those down as those cameras are discontinued and the only way to purchase them is on the used marketplace.
Fujinon 23mm F2 WR Lens
I use the Fujinon 23mm WR F2 lens with the X-Pro1, this is a great weather resistant lens, sharp and fast. It was a great transition lens for me since I have the built-in 23mm on the X100V.
It's a lot faster than the F1.4 version, and affordable as well. The best thing is that if you eventually upgrade your camera body, you can keep the lens and use it on a newer cameras as well. For example the X-Pr04 (whenever it comes out).
So in a way, the lenses are a lot more important than the cameras. Keep that in mind.
Disposable Film Cameras
I've reviewed these on the channel before, disposable cameras are a great way to just have fun, to get started with photography, or just do it as a fun hobby every now and then. The 2 main cameras I've shown on the channel are the Fujifilm QuickSnap 400 & the Kodak Funsaver.
Minimal Camera Bag
My everyday camera bag is the Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L. This is a very small & light bag, I only carry what I need and I highly recommend it.
My YouTube Gear 🎬
Camera & Accessories
My main YouTube camera is the Sony ZV-1, It's not perfect and it was definitively poorly advertised as something that it's not. However, for the type of videos that I make on this channel, this camera is good enough.
Even though the second gen camera was just announced, I still think that this is the better bang for the buck and great for people starting out, or on a budget. My links: Amazon 🇨🇦: https://amzn.to/37vl8rj | Amazon 🇺🇸: https://amzn.to/2WSlBBP
Wide Angle Adapter - Ulanzi WL-1
I don't use it often, but if you need to make your frame a bit wider then this is a solid, affordable choice. Especially if you plan to vlog or walk & talk. Links here: Amazon 🇨🇦: https://amzn.to/2VhOBCf | Amazon 🇺🇸: https://amzn.to/3iho9BB
I use Sandisk SD cards, They've always been reliable and a good balance between cost and quality. Get 64GB or higher, 64gb & 128gb are good options.
That being said, the first 10 videos on this channel were filmed with my iPhone 8 Plus. If your resources are limited, then please consider starting your creative journey with your smartphone.
I personally suggest and recommend a dedicated photo or video camera, but I also know what it means to have limitations and less resources, so it's fair to say that in this case, done is better than perfect.
Audio Equipment 🎤
Rode VideoMic NTG
I use the Rode VideoMic NTG shotgun microphone as a boom mic for my videos. It's a solid microphone with a reasonable price as well that can be either boomed or attached as a on camera microphone with the cold-shoe mount.
The distance between the microphone and the audio source matters. Therefore I boom the mic just outside the frame to get the best possible results.
That being said, I do recommend starting with something a bit more affordable, light and portable, something like the Rode VideoMicro. I started making YouTube videos with just my iPhone and the Rode VideoMicro, it's ideal for attaching it on top of the camera and using it as a vlog mic.
Of course you can still run a 3.5mm extension cable and boom the mic as well, so it's flexible, small, light, and decent quality for the price.
Lights & Modifiers
I use the Godox SL150WII, a 150 watt 5600k led light that is more than I need honestly. It has a CRI/TLCI rating of 96/97, accurate colour rendition and the brightness can be dimmed from 0 to 100% with the included remote.
However, when you're starting out you can get by with something less expensive, and almost as good. I would recommend the Godox SL-60W instead!
Regardless of which light you get, you need light modifiers to get soft key light as well. I personally use the Neewer 35" Light dome.
It's a great way to diffuse your key-light and get pleasant soft light. If this looks a bit big for your office or setup, then don't worry, there's smaller version of the light dome, and more compact light modifiers out there as well.
Royalty-free Music For Your Videos 🎼
I started my YouTube journey with Artlist, I didn't want to have to worry about licenses and royalties or anything like that. It's easy to search and find what you are looking for, and the music quality is fairly high.
If you sign up to Artlist using my referral link you get 2 extra months for free!
The Epidemic Sound library is huge, this could be a big deal for people that really want variety, options, and the ability to customize your own tracks by downloading the specific stems that you want.
If you sign up to Epidemic Sound using my referral link you get a free trial!
Reading & Listening 📘
This is a big part of my photography process. I'm constantly reading and you might have seen me suggest books or audiobooks on some of my videos.
I constantly use a Kindle Paperwhite, it's the perfect gift for travellers, people on the go, or just people that want to cut down the amount of things they carry on their bags every day.
When I'm out and about taking photos I like to listen to the audiobook form as well, maybe continuing a Kindle book where I left off, or listening to Podcasts as well. And even listening to the soundtracks of my favourite films as well!
Audible & Audiobooks
Audiobooks have helped me get into reading, and have helped me focus and be able to finish books at times. And reading is what got me where I am today, it's the reason why I decided to start a YouTube Channel to begin with.
So if you're interested, here's a link for you to try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks: Amazon 🇺🇸: https://amzn.to/2VpOghe
AirPods & AirPods Pro are a necessary tool for me. Reducing the friction to go out and about and putting commuting time to good use as well, highly recommend it. I talk about these on my Everyday carry video, as well as a dedicated video for the AirPods as well!
Printing Your Work 🖨
I just released a new video/post regarding my lessons learned about printing my own photographs and photo books. A colour calibration tool is key in this process, I personally use the 1i Display Pro Plus from X-Rite, but the SpyderX from Datacolor is also a good choice!
Websites & Hosting 🖥
Everyone I refer to Digital Ocean gets a $100 credit over 60 days. Digital ocean is a great way to affordably host sites, create Ubuntu droplets, Lamp & Lemp stacks, Ngix, etc.
I'll be constantly updating this page and adding more items to the list. Stay tuned! 😁🙏🏼