This page is a list of my most prominent current gear. Some items are supplied with a short comment.
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January 2020: The new decennial started with a golden very oldie as I bought my first Polaroid, model SLR 680 – a camera launched as far back as in 1982. It kind of raises the stakes when every shot costs almost $3. Then another first, as I bought a Panasonic Lumix Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 – for the second time, after I sold my first FZ2000 over a year ago. I just missed it so much, as despite its flaws it is a very well-rounded camera.
As of October 2018 I switched from Canon to Sony full frame. This is the Sony gear so far:
- Sony α7 III body @Amazon (with two 128 GB Samsung EVO microSDXC UHS-I U3 cards)
- Sony α7R III body @Amazon (with two 256 GB Samsung EVO microSDXC UHS-I U3 cards)
- Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM @Amazon
- Sony FE 24-240 mm F3,5–6,3 OSS superzoom lens
- Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS
- Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 @Amazon
- Godox TT350S Mini Thinklite TTL Flash @Amazon
- Lensbaby Velvet 85
- Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
- Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter
Impressions of Sony so far: Bad ergonomics both software and especially hardware. Less than stellar colour science and only tilt, not flip screen. Troublesome file types. A little bit unstable (fixed with firmware). Sensors attract dust. But great low light performance, dynamic range and general image quality for both stills and video. So despite its shortcomings, Sony will be a keeper for the near future.
One year with Sony update: Still going strong, but the competition is closing in and Sony unfortunately seems to have stalled. They have started to behave like Canon used to, adamantly refusing to provide even small but important wishes from customers (swivel screen, better ergonomics, better menus, tally light, 10 bit out, etc.).
Smartta SliderMini (preordered october 2018)
I swore never to use Indiegogo again as of the Onagofly drone disaster, but a pocketable motorized slider was too good to pass on. Impressive device, unfortunately with a crucial design flaw limiting its usefulness and buggy software making it practically useless.
Peak Design Capture V3 (October 2018, updated August 2019)
Great concept for carrying a camera, but I dropped the Capture V1 as it dropped my camera on several occasions. So far the V3 seems to be smaller, prettier, smoother and sturdier. However, while the V1 plate unscrewed, the V3 clip screws unscrews and the Capture falls off my belt. With my A73 plunging into asphalt. Twice. So there‘s that. So I’m not using it anymore.
Bags (and such)
Boreas Erawan 70L is my favourite bag by far. I have bought seven of these. Five of them in regular use, and two for future replacement when necessary. The Erawan is more of a hybrid duffel/backpack than a camera bag. It is well built with impressively smart features and attention to detail. It will fit the entire case for the DJI Phantom 4. Light weight. Good zippers. No padding. I use padded packing cubes for camera gear, making the Erawan a modular camera and everything else bag. Unfortunately out of production.
F-Stop ICUs. I have lots of different sizes ICUs from F-stop, and pack them according to the occasion. They usually get stuffed into an Erawan, but can also work as camera bags on their own.
Sea to Summit See pouches are great for organizing cables, adapters etc. Good zipper. One transparent side.
Thick Zip lock bags are great for cables and stuff that are not used that often.
Thin zip bags are also great for organizing cables and stuff.
Gopro Hero 6
For all the times I never do anything sporty.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Z3 Compact, Z5 compact, XZ1 Compact
Rather crappy phones with loads of insistent nagware (do not buy a Sony Xperia until they remove the ‘What’s New’ app), but unfortunately the only option for as small as high end Android smartphones get. Weather resistant. Great battery life on the XZ1. Will drop Sony phones as soon as I find a worthy replacement, the new one doesn’t even sport a headphone jack.
My full camera history list (somewhat reverse chronologically as of purchase): Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI, Sony A7RIII, Sony A7III, Canon 80D, Gopro Hero 6, Olympus Tough TG-5, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000, Canon G7 X, Gopro Hero 4 Silver, Canon 5D mark II, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, Canon S110, Canon SX50 HS, Canon 5D mark III, Canon G11, Canon 7D, Canon G9, Canon 450D, Canon 300D, FujiFilm 4700 Zoom, FujiFilm FinePix A202, Canon IXUS L1
My current shooting style means I mostly shoot with the 16-35mm super wide zoom and then the macro. Historically though, my most used lenses has been the Canon 70-200 IS and the 15-85mm IS, plus the FZ Lumix lenses.
My lens history list (somewhat reverse chronologically as of purchase): Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, Sony Sony FE 85mm, Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro, Sony FE 16-35mm f/4, Sony FE 24-240 mm, Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro, Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
O love drones as they give such a unique perspective both for stills and motion. I’ve killed quite a few Phantom 3s (well, one — the others were DJI’s fault if you ask me). And sold a Mavic Pro. I wish I could afford an Inspire with some proper glass.
I currently have
DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2
Doesn’t fly straight, doesn’t even hover straight. Brand new. Come on DJI!
DJI Phantom 4 Pro @Amazon
AT REPAIR: The best image quality for a “normal” drone. Still crap software, expect crashing and a compass on the frizz. Unsharp corners and edges in stills.
DJI Mavic Air @Amazon
A lot smaller and lighter than both the Phantoms and the Mavic Pros. Barely usable image quality.
Computers and such
Apple iMac 27 mid 2017
I loved and miss my 2012 Mac mini, but I needed something that could show 4K video. i7 processor, 64GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 5K screen. Still unable to run Lightroom crapware smoothly. My 2012 MacBook runs Lightroom smoother.
MacBook Pro mid 2012
The last proper MacBook. Fully specced to the i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, a 1 TB SSD plus a 4 TB SSD (that’s as much SSD storage as only the highest end current MacBooks even if you spend a fortune). Sadly only a 720 screen and unfortunately only external support for WQXGA monitors, so no 4K. I wish I could upgrade to a new MacBook, but with wonky keyboards and basically no ports Apple really isn’t making Pro MacBooks anymore. They’re mostly lightweight – in most aspects.
WD My Book Duo V2 20TB
Because video needs space. Large capacity and pretty fast in RAID 0. Makes noise. Nagware. Spins down and freeze the Mac for 30 seconds while it spins up again. Nice case design, otherwise a horrible product, not recommended. Piece of sh**. Had to be replaced once, totally died.
Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB
These are unfortunately hard to get these days. I have four of them. Small and fast. Highly recommended.
Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 4TB
Backups for the above. Great price, good look. I think I have seven of these.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD 1TB
All of the portable SSDs are small, light, fast and expensive. I just happened to like the rugged look of the SanDisk Extreme.
Samsung Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SSD
For my Lightroom catalogue. With about 100,000 images, some of them 42 megapixels heavily edited raw files, Lightroom needs all the help it can get.
1x Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 wireless mic system @Amazon
The industry standard for wireless audio.
BOYA wireless microphone kit
My backup system.
Røde Wireless Go
As small as wireless microphones gets.
Røde VideoMicro @Amazon
No batteries needed, great for vlogging.
Røde SmartLav+ @Amazon
No batteries needed, great for vlogging.
Røde VideoMic Me
No batteries needed, great for vlogging. Questionable build quality.
LightPix Labs FlashQ Q20 II
Brilliant concept. Version one had a couple of flaws (mostly the trigger), version two is better.
Two 600 Ws studio strobe workhorses.
One YongNuo Speedlite YN 560
Tons of daylight balanced CFL-bulbs.
Read my take on headlamps for photographers over at Mediarena.
Tons of Arca Swiss compatible quick-release stuff.
Piece of shit. Will never again use twist lock tripods. Well, except for:
Velbon tripods and monopods
I really like Velbon. The company is quite innovative. They invented a unique twist lock system, since copied by China. Support the original. Great for light weight use. Not so good quick release system.
Joby micro folding tripods
The Joby Micro, and especially the Micro Hybrid tripod, are brilliant. The Micro Hybrid is small enough to fit into pants watch pocket, but is rated for holding up 800 grams of camera. For me it is stabilizing the 80D plus a light lens. Joby also has the best smartphone holder, called the GripTight.
As there is no really good hybrid photo/video head on the market, I am still looking for the best hybrid head. These are what I currently have to choose from:
I try to standardize on Arca Swiss compatible quick release gear. Unfortunately, even Arca Swiss compatible gear is not always that compatible.
As I now use the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V3, that is the plate I mostly use (it is Arca Swiss compatible).
I try to standardize USB charging, especially for traveling. Get small USB chargers for your camera battery, preferably those with a display. Not fast, but convenient.
Xiaomi ZI5 charger
Smallest AA/AAA USB powered charger that charges each battery individually. Can also work as a power bank. Get the old (expensive) version for this.
Nitecore Intellicharger i4
Does four round cells up to size 18650. Not a bad charger, but neither a great one.
Ansmann Digicharger Vario Traveller Universal Charger
Charges both AA, AAA and camera batteries. Unfortunately does not work with USB power. A litte fiddly to charge the camera batteries. Useless screen.
Freeloader Camcaddy 2 Universal Camera Battery Charger
Both 12V and USB-powered for charging camera batteries. I wish it also did AAs. Does not charge my Sony batteries. Quite handy, my favorite charger for a while. One caught on fire with av China Lumix replacement battery. Now basically retired.
I like car power banks. They’re big, but extremely versatile if you buy the right ones. I jump start my cars (4L gasoline and 2.1L diesel engines), power my MacBook laptop, charge whatever via USB and have a handy and long lasting flash light ready. Great gear for the car, while traveling or while hiking.
Car Rover 60C Discharge Rate 800A Peak Portable Car Jump Starter
Basically the same as the other. Higher output USB ports and LCD display, lower mAh.
Krisdonia 185Wh/50000mAh Power Bank QC3.0
Rather bulky and very heavy, but can power both a camera and an external monitor for hours of video recording. Badly designed pouch.
Tomo K2 Combined flashlight, battery caddy, charger and power bank with two swappable 18650s. Brilliant concept, stupid button design.