Sony 4K/HD PMW-F5
The Sony F5 is almost the perfect camera for what I do. It's a cine-style S-35 camera that produces beautiful, cinematic 4K pictures with high dynamic range. But stripped down, it's also a rugged workhorse that works well for run-and-gun shooting. No need for external recorders, it’s internal recording options start with broadcast-quality MPEG2 HD and go all the way up to 4K XAVC 480Mbit/s for amazing 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 primes and assorted EF zooms that cover 11-300mm.
The rest of my kit includes best-in-class 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.
In a hurry? I have a fiber optic connection that will upload a typical day’s HD footage in minutes. No extra charge.
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 because it’s a Sony camera, it cuts quite well with my F5.
Looks so good you might be tempted to shoot the whole day with it!
Check out the Osmo Pro at work on some recent shoots, below.
4K GoPro Hero7 Black (add $25)
The 2018 Hero flagship features improved HyperSmooth video stabilization for much steadier images.