Shooting video content without a script means embracing the unexpected. The right video production gear helps you cover your bases but still keeps you light enough to move around. Here are 5 pieces of gear we love to have with us when we’re out shooting video in the wild:
SONY FS5 CINEMA CAMERA
The Sony FS5 is one of the only video cameras out there that’s light enough for one-handed stabilizer but still offers internal features like ND filters, dual XLR inputs and easy-access manual control buttons. Add in SONY’s amazing low light capability and solid slow motion and you have a setup that can easily cover a wide variety of video shooting scenarios.
TAMRON 28-75 F2.8 ZOOM LENS
As Sony mirrorless users, we love this lens. A zoom lens can switch from crisp wide action to gorgeous cinematic closeups thanks to a 2.8 aperture all the way through. Lighter than the Sony G-Master 24-70mm, it’s comfortable to hold, even in harsh conditions. It’s also quite a bit less pricey, so you’ll feel better about taking it out when the rocks are flying.
MANFROTTO MVH500 TRIPOD
A versatile tripod that’s light enough to strap to your backpack but rugged enough to feel stable on uneven ground. Paired with the MVH500 fluid head, a wider-than-standard platform supports larger video cameras, even with the addition of a slider. The adjustable center column adds a significant height increase on top of the telescoping legs, and it’s also much faster to fine-tune.
YETI GOAL ZERO 150 POWER BANK
The Goal Zero 150 is a small, reliable power bank that can charge a standard DSLR battery 25 times, extending your shooting time in the bush in a big way without relying on a bag full of reserve batteries.
F.64 BPX XL BACKPACK
Your gear is only as useful as your ability to get it where it needs to go. The f.64’s ergonomic shoulder straps and waist belt distribute loads, allowing you to move around comfortably. Removable pouches and adjustable velcro dividers let you adapt your setup to the shoot and a hideaway rain cover keeps it all protected when the weather takes a turn.