What’s In My Camera Bag
Being a dad of 👨🏻👩🏻👦🏻👦🏻👶🏻 three, with another on the way, I’m constantly on the lookout for a lightweight, yet powerful camera system that can take really good photos and excellent video.
In addition to everyday life, I also need gear for the videos I create on my YouTube channel. Things like microphones, lighting equipment, on-camera monitors, blah, blah, blah.
High Quality Kit
So if you’re wondering what gear I use, here’s the full list (as of March 2017)…
Fujifilm XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS – Kit lens that came with my X-T2
Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R – See it at Amazon or B&H Photo
Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR – See it at Amazon or B&H Photo
Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R – See it at Amazon or B&H Photo
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SD Card – See it at Amazon or B&H Photo
Apple Lightning to SD Card Reader – See it at B&H Photo
Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Battery Grip – See it at Amazon or B&H Photo
Fujifilm NP-W126S Battery – See it at Amazon or B&H Photo
Peak Design SlideLITE Camera Strap – See it at Amazon or B&H Photo
Tripods & Mounts
My Everyday Kit
Check out the video below to see what I use day-to-day with my family in everyday situations…
My current “go-to” camera and lens for family situations is the Fujifilm X-T20, coupled with the Fujifilm 35mm f/2. It’s a very sleek, minimal setup for anything life throws at you.
In situations where I’m taking pictures of something special or want a unique look, I break out the Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 for headshots and full body portraits. Let’s just say, it’s BOKEHLICIOUS!
For birthday parties and other indoor events, I use the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4. This gives me a wider perspective, compared to the 35mm or 56mm prime lenses, making it easier to compose shots in smaller rooms. With it’s super bright f/1.4 aperture, portraits look great in low light. If the light is really low, I’ll attach the Fujifilm EF-42 and bounce the flash off the ceiling to brighten the entire space.
When it comes to recording YouTube videos, it all depends on where I’m shooting and the look I’m going for.
For run and gun, I use the Fujifilm X-T20 with the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens and a Rode VideoMicro. To make the rig easier to carry, I mount the camera to a Manfrotto PIXI tripod.
For in-depth tutorials and reviews, I use the Fujifilm X-T2 and an assortment of lenses (see above). For better audio, I use the Sennheiser EW G3 wireless lavalier kit. For stability, I use a Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W tripod head on top of a Manfrotto 190go! tripod. For lighting, I use three StudioPRO continuously lit softboxes and the Yongnuo YN300 Air LED light on special occasions when I need a pop of light on a product.