This page lists all the gear that I personally use, and recommend. It isn’t meant to serve as a review of products, but rather a selection of camera, and camera gear selected by me after thorough research, and why. You’re free to buy the same gear or not.
When I travel, my camera gear consists of:
So let’s start.
I currently use the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
When it comes to drones, DJI drones are a no-brainer. The company practically dominates the consumer drone industry with models to fit various budgets, and requirements.
I recently upgraded from the Mavic Pro to the Mavic 2 Pro. So far I’ve been greatly impressed by the battery life, image transmission, speed and agility of the drone. Not to mention that the video and photos produced by this drone have greater dynamic range and clarity than the original Mavic 2 Pro.
With the advent of the Mavic 2 Pro, the original Mavic Pro line-up has gotten cheaper at a few retailers. If your budget does not allow you to get a Mavic 2 Pro, I recommend the Mavic Pro Platinum. It’s got:
There are numerous drone accessories that you can buy for your drone. But I think that there are a couple of essential accessories every drone owner should have.
I use the official DJI Monitor Hood (fits the remote controller of Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, and Spark)
More often than not, I fly my drone in bright sunlight. The glare from the sun can make it extremely difficult to see my phone’s screen. It becomes impossible to fly!
Luckily there’s a solution for that. A monitor hood that provides shades to my remote controller and phone. It really helps me fly my drone even when the sun makes it impossible to see my screen.
With my new Mavic 2 Pro, I decided I needed a set of really good filters. This time I decided to go for the Polar Pro Vivid Collection | Cinema Series. It’s a pack of 3 filters that contains ND and PL combination filters which are perfect.
The great thing about the Mavic 2 Pro is that original filter is really easily to remove. Just twist, and pull off.
Just like you need sunglasses to cut the sun’s glare and reflection, so does your drone. In fact, your drone’s vision isn’t as sophisticated as your eyes and it needs sunglasses more than you do. That’s why filters.
Not only do they help improve the dynamic range of your photos, but also help you achieve cinematic footage.
I use the Proster Anemometer.
Consumer drones are very inept at flying in windy conditions. But if you’re like me, on a very windy day I bet you’ve wondered, “can my drone handle this much wind?”. That’s why I usually carry an anemometer in my backpack. It’s a tiny device that helps me measure the speed of the wind, and let’s me know if it’s safe to fly. This way, even if I’m getting the high wind velocity warning in my DJI Go app, I know what the wind speeds are (roughly).
And in case you own an anemometer, it’s useful to know that the Mavic Pro can fly in winds of up to 19–24 mph (29–38 kph).
I use the Yi 4K+ action camera.
When it comes to action camera’s, GoPro’s are practically a generic term for action cameras. Unfortunately, I feel that nowadays GoPro is lagging behind in an industry that they pioneered. There are plenty of GoPro clones that offer similar level of performance as a GoPro at less than half the price. Among such players, is the Yi 4K+.
The Yi 4K+ is the successor to the Yi 4K, and is manufactured by Xiaomi’s subsidiary, Yi. The 4K+ was in fact the world’s first camera to offer 4K @ 60fps recording. It shoots video at up to 100 Mbit/s, which is quite something. And what’s more, it costs less than half of the GoPro Hero 6.
There is only one must have action camera accessory if you shot a lot of footage with it.
I use the Feiyu Tech G5 handheld gimbal.
Gimbals (or stabilizers) make a massive difference to your videos. Would you rather look at jerky, bumpy video from your holidays, or clean, smooth videos?
There is honestly no reason for you to stabilize your videos, and up your production skills!
I use the Sony A7RIII mirrorless full frame camera.
My main lens is the Sony 16-35mm GM
As a long time DSLR user, I finally made the switch to a mirrorless camera. I feel that the best mirrorless cameras nowadays are at par, or better than their DSLR counterparts.
The Sony A7RIII packs in all the features of a DSLR + more into a much smaller body. This is makes it easy to carry.
It also has many cool, and useful features. My favourite is the ability to switch from full frame mode, to crop mode. As the A7RIII is a 42 megapixel camera, it can take advantage of it’s large sensor and crop the image. Essentially, this acts as a lossless zoom because it switches to using half the sensor. What this means is that my 16-35 mm lens doubles-up as a 16-52 mm lens.
I use the Peak Design Capture Clip to hang my camera to my backpack.
The clip attaches to my backpack’s shoulder strap, from which I can hang my camera. This is extremely convenient when I am walking with a camera and want to free my hands. Instead of returning my DSLR to my bag, this allows for easy storage and access.
I use the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L. It fits all my drone & DSLR gear.
The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is a phenomenal backpack! In a world of dull, boring camera bags, the Everyday Backpack is truly a departure from the norm.
The backpack itself is made of the best materials, and is solidly constructed. The dividers inside the bag can be organized, and re-arranged to fit gear of any shape or size. The backpack makes efficient use of space with pockets on the sides, top, and back.
I can easily fit my
This backpack is that spacious and seriously incredible!