Landscape Photography:
mostly Anglesey, Snowdonia & North Wales

My Equipment for Stills & Filming:

I’m often asked about the equipment I use.

As I’ve typed-up countless replies and lists for friends and viewers, I’m going to set it all out definitively one last time here.

And then I can refer people to this page and only amend any items as I go along if / when I change them!

Note:

All the links here are Amazon affiliate links to the actual items I have bought, use regularly and would recommend without reservation.

You won’t pay a penny more than the list price by using these links, but I do get a few quid towards petrol to keep making vlogs for you.

So thanks a lot if you can help out … 😀 👍

STILLS:

Camera Body

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

I talk about my decision to adopt the micro four thirds format and specifically this Olympus system in some detail in my vlog #070

Lightweight Ball Head

E1 Tripod Ball-Head

I replaced the heavy ball-head from the tripod with this much lighter option. It locks fine with a heavy body and glass, but saves about 200g in carrying weight.

Spare Battery

Olympus BLH-1 Battery

I only carry one spare as I find, even for a full day out, I rarely need to replace it.

Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro

I talk about my decision to adopt the micro four thirds format and specifically this Olympus system in some detail in my vlog #070

Camera Bag

Peak Design Everyday 10L Sling Case in Grey

This is one my largest accessory investments, but worth every penny. I can carry all my stills and video gear in one bag which I can access while hiking without taking it off. It’s very comfortable and I can’t recommend this highly enough.

System Filters

Cokin Medium P Series Traveller Filter Kit – Black

I bought a second-hand set from a friend, but it’s pretty much the same holder, CPL and a few grads …

Tripod

K&F Concept 62″ Compact Light Aluminium Tripod

I chose this because at only 1.1Kg it was the lightest I could find with any rigidity to it at a sensible price.

Shutter Release

RS-C6 Shutter Release Cable

Works perfectly for bulb mode live timer exposures over 60 seconds.

Screw-In ND Filters

Neewer 72mm ND1000 10-Stop Filter

Neewer 72mm ND2 – ND400 Variable Filter

These are the 2 ND filters I use for long exposures. Sometimes combined with each other and / or my Cokin system filters.

And that’s everything I have and use for stills at the moment.

FILMING:

I’ve been tweaking my setup incrementally as I’ve gone along, over about 18 months. This included quick trips to a local beach where no backpack was used, all day hill walks where emergency gear, rations and spare clothes were required. And right up to full load-outs with overnight wild-camping equipment.

I settled on this kit list of tech items some months ago. It all works really well for me. Being very adaptable and lightweight, it’s easy to grab it all in one pouch to move from bag to bag without leaving anything critical behind. It’s light enough to tote about with minimum effort.

But it also allows huge flexibility for a variety of filming, with multiple angles on setup shots, smooth pan, dolly and crane style shots with zooming. And good audio and lighting.

Main A-Camera

DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal Camera

I was a fan of a phone gimbal setup, but when it came to replacing one this was a more pricey, but far better option. It’s tiny and weighs nothing. The sound and vision is unparalleled in such a portable device. Add in mechanical stabilisation and it’s a complete game-changer for vlogging – you’d need the audio adapter too, though, which is only available direct from DJI at the time of writing.

Main Vlogging Tripod / Selfie Stick

Amazon Basics 50″ Lightweight Tripod

I use this because it weighs next to nothing and clips onto a bag with a carabiner. I use it as a full height tripod for setup shots, and it doubles as a selfie-stick for run and gun A-roll. A bit flimsy, so I go through one about every 9 to 12 months, but at only £15 I happily replace them, as they’re so useful and cheap.

Spare Firefly Batteries (x2)

Hawkeye Firefly 1200mAh 8S Battery S009R

These cameras can be a bit heavy on battery use so I always have a couple of spares with me.

Tech Pouches

Set of 3 Gadget Travel Cases

These are handy to store little bits of kit which would either go missing or end up in the wring bag when I need them. By keeping them in these pouches I can just shunt it from bag to bag and no worries about not having the right bit of cable when the time comes!

Audio System

RØDE Wireless Go Compact Wireless Microphone System

This is my most recent acquisition and works brilliantly to avoid being wired up the DJI Osmo Pocket for audio, which doesn’t require syncing in post. Great quality audio, very simple to setup and makes my life so much easier.

Mini Tripod

Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2-Section Mini Tripod

Beautifully designed and functional lightweight mini tripod. Perfect for B-camera and timelapses etc. Built in ball head and 1/4″ mounting very handy. I use this a lot for secondary shots with action cams.

Cold Shoe Adapter Mount

Ulanzi PT-1 Microphone Cold Shoe Plate

This little gadget is really handy to allow me to mount a shotgun mic, lighting, iPhone mount etc at the same time to anything compatible.

Also used on conjunction with one of these. I carry a couple and often use one to attach an action cam to my main camera.

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Drone

DJI Spark Drone Fly More Combo – Alpine White

I don’t tend to use this for epic high level stuff these days – once the novelty wore off!! But I do like to set up B-roll follow-shots or low-level dolly-style and crane shots which are hard to get smooth with a hand-held.

So I use it sparingly.

Extra Cameras (x2)

Hawkeye Firefly 8S 4K Action Camera w. 90deg FOV

You can get 2 of these for less than one GoPro! They have very sharp 4K without that horrid wide-angle distortion. They are digitally stabilised, but I only use them for locked-off tripod A-roll shots. The dynamic range is poor, but if you’re careful you can get pretty good footage.

Power Bank

Poweradd Pilot X7 20,000mAh External Power Bank

Great value for money – one of the highest capacity power banks I could find for around £20. I use it a lot to keep things topped up especially on an overnight trip.

Lighting Block

Ulanzi Ultra Bright 49 LED Video Light

I often use the lighting for a bit of fill even in daylight if it’s lowish lighting conditions as really helps with camera if dynamic range is limited such as in action cams. 2 AA batteries seem to last ages as LEDs don’t pull much current.

Mini Ball Heads

Tripod Mini Ball Head on 1/4″ Thread Mount

These are brilliant for quickly framing and levelling up my action cams for set up shots.

Software

Filmic Pro is a top-class video app for filming in the highest bit-rate 4K quality, with flat and log colour profiles, and full manual control over iPhone cameras.

When paired with the fully integrated Smooth 4, the gimbal controls the entire filming process without the need to touch the phone screen at all – I didn’t film without it when I used to use an iPhone & gimbal!

MORE ON FILMIC PRO

Film-Editing

I use Davinci Resolve 15 for film editing, which is every bit as powerful as Premier Pro and costs zero!

It has all the usual editing tools, but also integrated node-based effects, colour-grading and an audio mixing desk.

Accessories

All the accessories listed here get used in a largely mix and match manner, as needed.

They are all recommended, small and lightweight so easy to carry about.

And all have proved their value to be included in my kit, having come in very handy on a regular basis – I don’t carry a single gram of extra weight that hasn’t proved it’s worth to me!

Note:

All the links here are Amazon affiliate links to the actual items I have bought, use regularly and would recommend without reservation.

You won’t pay a penny more than the list price by using these links, but I do get a few quid towards petrol to keep making vlogs for you.

So thanks a lot if you can help out … 😀 👍