Photo Gear List - July 2018

Location: Earth

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Today I'll detail some of the basic photography gear I already use (or want) and why I use it or want it along with links so you can buy it for yourself if you want. Hopefully this will help out beginners & advanced photography people alike. 

1. Tripod: Dolica ZX600B300 Proline ZX Series 60-Inch Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head

Why: This tripod is cheap, durable, strong, and lightweight. You could spend 3x as much for a similar model. I'm thinking about getting two because they are such a great value. The one I have has taken a beating and it has held up great over the past three years traveling the globe. 

2. Camera: Sony A7iii: Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Why: Sony has taken leaps and bounds over the past 5 years and it seems to have culminated in this camera system which combines all the most current tech in a relatively inexpensive camera model that ticks off all the right boxes in terms of functionality. Best sensor in the game, full framed, weather-proofed body, 4k video, great low light performance, killer dynamic range, the list goes on. 

3. Wireless Remote Controls: Canon | Nikon | Sony

Why: This is how I do my animated work, I couldn't do it any other way. It makes light-painting simple - just start & stop the exposure in bulb mode. Other more complex remotes do not have the functionality that these simple devices do. Other remotes have LEDs that will appear in your night shots or you will have to calculate exactly how long your exposure is going to be ahead of time, who wants complications? Not I!

4. LED Lights: Night-Writer | Color-Caster | 1000 lumen Tactical LED | Headlamp LED

Why: These are the 4 lights that are crucial to my style of night-photography. I use Night-Writer for drawing with light, I use Color-Caster for light-painting the background environments, I use a tactical LED for getting a focus (manually) or just for hiking / exploring, and a headlamp is best for having my hands free to set the camera or while climbing.