Sony 4K/HD PMW-F5
The Sony F5 is a cine-style S-35 camera that produces beautiful, cinematic 4K pictures with high dynamic range. Stripped down, it's also a rugged workhorse that works well for documentary shooting. Internal recording options start with broadcast-quality MPEG2 HD and go up to 4K XAVC 480Mbit/s for stunning 4:2:2, 10 bit 4K footage. It does perfect slow motion from half-speed in 4K up to 180fps in HD. For lenses, I use Zeiss CP2 primes and assorted zooms that cover 11-300mm.
The rest of my kit includes high quality gear from GoPro, Teradek, Litepanels, Dracast, K5600/Joker, ARRI, Chrosziel, Anton/Bauer, SmallHD, Metabones, Lectrosonics and Sachtler. A selection of C-stands, booms, silks, bounce, flags and other bits of standard grip round out the package.
Need your files in a hurry? I have a zippy fiber optic connection that will upload a typical day’s footage in minutes.
DJI Osmo Pro X5 (add $50)
Essentially a micro four-thirds drone camera on a dedicated gimbal, the 4K Osmo Pro has become an essential tool in my kit. It sets up fast and adds big production value to any shoot. It's ideal for those busy days where using a dolly or jib just isn't in the time budget. Not just for pretty shots, I’ve also used it for walking interviews and on-camera stand ups. And it cuts quite well with my F5.
The little Osmo Pro it looks so good you might be tempted to shoot the whole day with it!
Check out the Osmo at work on some recent shoots, below.