What's In The Bag

Back in the UK and catching up on all things, it time to add something here. This is a typical look at what is in my bag (and out) for a typical cover/interview shoot for me at the moment. My gear changes dependant on what i'm shooting, so it's important to note that my stills setup is purely along for the ride incase I get time (which I did, see below) to take any stills whilst on set. If I was shooting stills as well as part of the job that day, i would have a backup camera with me for it. Anyway, here's a look...

This is my main camera bag, a Lowepro 350 Runner. I’ve had it for a few years, its lasted so well, I’m about to upgrade to a newer model but i’ll keep this on standby as my ‘old trusty’. Here’s what was in the bag for shooting a few music videos and some interviews with the band a few days ago :

  • Fuji X-T1 Camera - I use this for stills and timelapses, it’s my favourite camera in the bag.
  • Fuji 10-24mm f/4 lens - Used for wide shots, shots where all the band are in a photo and timelapses, mostly form my hotel room on tour.
  • Fuji 56mm f/1.2 - Portrait lens, its tack sharp and the bokeh is so nice. My favourite lens in my bag.
  • Fuji EF42 flash (for the X-T1
  • Fuji X100S - walk around camera for grabbing documentary style stills, love it for the image quality and how small and light it is.
  • Canon C100 - My main doc camera for filming. 90% of what you see on the boys Youtube is with this camera now. Built in pre amps for audio are great, ergonomically its a dream, my favourite feature being the built in ND filters.
  • Canon 18-55mm f/2.8 
  • Canon 35mm f/2
  • Rode NTG-3 shotgun mic
  • LCD Screen shade
  • Two F&V Z96 LED lights for on and off camera use
  • One 5 metre XLR Cable
  • Assorted Batteries
  • *Memory Cards
  • *Visible Dust Actic Butterfly Charged Sensor incase I get dust on a sensor while filming
  • *Black Rapid 35 Strap
  • *Lensskirt for timelapse through windows
  • *2 x Rode Smartlav+ mics
  • *iPad with assorted apps i use for work and books for if I am waiting around on set
  • *X-Rite ColorChecker Classic for matching my camera profiles up in the edit
  • *An airline ticket (incase you ask what the red thing is on the right)

*In the bag but not on view in the photo

This is my Retrospective bag by think Tank, it's my 'I'm going for a walk to film some B Roll' bag. Outside of the bag are two tripods, a Manfrotto and really small travel tripod made by Velbon. I also have a gorilla pod and ball head wrapped around the strap on my bag. Here's what's inside...

  • Sony A7s
  • *Metabones MKIV Adaptor for Canon to E mount
  • *Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS L lens attached to camera
  • *Rode  SVMX microphone
  • *Batteries
  • *Memory Cards
  • *Passport
  • *Genustech Variable ND filter & case

*In the bag but not on view in the photo

A still of Brad from the shoot taken with my Fuji XT-1 inbetween set changes.

New York, New York

When we arrived in New York I had a box full of fun waiting for me. The Sony A7S, the new breed of DSLR filmmaking with amazing low light capabilities and rumoured to have the best HD image seen yet from a camera of this size. 

The new line up on this trip. The GoPro 4, Fuji XT1, Sony A7S and Canon C100

The new line up on this trip. The GoPro 4, Fuji XT1, Sony A7S and Canon C100

I charged up my batteries and flicked through the camera menu and control buttons/dials on the body of the camera before heading out to shoot some test footage. The temperature was around -8 degrees celsius when I arrived at Central Park, my firs location of the day. I walked and filmed, mostly trying out the 50fps slow motion setting. As it was so cold I opted to leave the tripod back at the hotel, that also gave me a chance to see how the IS worked via the Metabones adaptor I needed to be able to use my Canon lenses. 

Central Park, New York and it's -8!

Central Park, New York and it's -8!

This was when i had my first teething problem (and the reason I do some tests before using to for 'work' on paid shoots), the adaptor, unbeknownst to me, needed updating, as did the camera, so that they worked together better and more regularly. The IS on occasion didn't and just wouldn't work, so at -8, when you don't particularly work at your steadiest as a handheld camera operator, I needed to be super steady. Other than that everything looked great in camera. I found my way around the controls pretty quick, and after Central Park headed via The Americas to Staten Island so I could get shots of the Statue Of Liberty and Downtown Manhattan from the ferry.

En-route to Staten Island walking past and paying my respects at the now One World Trade Center

En-route to Staten Island walking past and paying my respects at the now One World Trade Center

That done, I headed back to the hotel to thaw out. I had some food, warmed up, updated the camera and the adaptor, tested those updates from the room, grabbing some shots of the buildings around me on 54th and Broadway and then headed down to Times Square to finish off my tests for the day. Here is a little edit I put together yesterday...

I also am testing out a new 'travel screen' by Asus on this trip. It is incredibly thin and light and connects to your laptop via a USB cable which also powers the screen. I use it purely for extra screen space when editing, as you can see in the picture below...

The excellent and very portable Asus travel screen combines perfectly with my Macbook Pro when i'm editing on the road.

The excellent and very portable Asus travel screen combines perfectly with my Macbook Pro when i'm editing on the road.