All Our Photo & Video Gear
We document our lifestyle to share with the world, so naturally, we get a lot of questions about the camera gear we use.
After more than ten years of full-time travel and documentation (gulp), we’re pretty picky about our gear. But, our camera needs are directly tied to our shooting style and lifestyle. Let me explain…
Filming & Photographing Boat Life
We’re adventure travelers who live on a floating tiny house (minimalist) who sail across oceans and travel to some of the most remote places on earth. In other words, our needs are unique…but who’s aren’t?!?
We don’t consider ourselves cinematic videographers. We’re documentarians. We capture life as it happens, (guerilla-style) in the moment (not creating perfect moments).
The ongoing presence of water, sand, sun, and salt is an absolutely brutal environment. Not to mention the wind, which is a never-ending audio nightmare.
From land to sea, our camera and editing gear needs to be rugged enough to survive the adventure, yet be compact enough to fit in our backpacks.
We buy the best gear we can afford, but not necessarily always the ‘best’ gear on the market. After all, we’re not working for National Geographic (but maybe one day).
Ok, let’s dive into it.
This full-frame camera is relatively small and yet so powerful. It takes beautiful photos, videos, and the autofocus is hard to beat. Its a beast in low light and has a built in fan to keep it from overheating in the tropics! It’s our numero uno and is our best camera.
We also purchased the FX30 as a backup & second camera. I keep a long zoom on this body and the crop sensor helps extend the reach of telephoto lenses. Also the color science is the same as the FX3, which makes matching colors so much easier than a different line (i.e. a7, zv, etc).
DJI Mavic 3
Incredible quality, simple color grading from d-Log with the DJI LUT, and smooth gimbal movements. But most importantly plenty of speed to fight the wind and keep up with our boat while sailing or the dinghy when exploring. We always get the ‘FLY MORE’ combo because 1 battery is never enough. (We opted for the non-Cine version because we don’t need ProRes, the massive files would just clog up our workflow.)
- Buy from DJI: https://bit.ly/mavic3-wynn
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DJI Air 3
The goldilocks of drones. It boasts most of the features found on the Mavic, but weighs less, costs less and flies just as long. As always we upgrade to the fly more combo, added ND filters and the upgraded RC2 remote. We’ve just added the DJI Air to our kit and we’ll see if it ultimately replaces our Mavic.
- Buy from DJI: https://bit.ly/Air3
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- Buy from B&H: https://bhpho.to/3OIMUqx
DJI Mini 3 Pro
It packs a lot of punch in a tiny (and affordable) package. The size & weight make it easy to carry and the performance is surprisingly good. How about sailing shots…will I fly this while underway? No way! Terra firma or anchor only. Trying to land our powerful Mavic on the boat while moving at a slow 4 knots already gives me a mild panic attack. While the mini is a zippy drone, the higher the wind, the less stability and control it has. If you are looking to get shots while sailing or kiteboarding, this is not the drone for you. Go for the Mavic or Air.
Best pocket-sized point and shoot with A MIC JACK and affordable underwater housing. It produces amazing quality video/photo for its size, has a lens that zooms super far and a flip-up screen so it’s easy to snap a selfie or vlog.
Sony ZV Series
The Sony ax43 was our first ever handi-cam! It has an impressive zoom, gimbal-like stabilization and it’s painfully easy to use: Open the screen, point and record! The video isn’t as sharp as the a7, but it’s a good tool to have in the kit. The updated ax43a is the newest version and the mi shoe makes it easy to add a shotgun mic.
Sony 20 f1.8 G
20mm is the perfect lens for vlogging, selfies and capturing in cramped spaces. I researched off-brand lenses that are 20%-50% less expensive, I looked at zoom lenses, but none can beat the performance of this lens. Specifically corner distortion, pin cushioning, edge light fall off, and chromatic aberrations. Plus it’s lightweight so it’s easy to take on a hike.
Sony 24 f1.4 GM
A beautiful prime lens great for that added buttery bokeh, wide enough for landscapes, and a great low light lens (hello starry nights). TYI the “GM” means its Sony’s highest quality glass. This is the first fixed lens we purchased but I’m using it less because it’s not quite wide enough for run and gun filming.
Sony 16-35 f2.8 GM
This lens allows us to get those wide-angle shots in small spaces (like our boat). It’s sharp all the way to the edges which set it a notch above most wide-angle zooms.
Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM II
This is the best overall lens. It’s what we have on the camera 70% of the time. The new II version focuses even faster and is slightly sharper.
Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS
Not quite as sharp as the 24-70 GM but it does have built in lens stabilizers and a little extra reach. This is the lens I use mostly for hiking or on the APS-C FX30.
Video ND Filters 82mm
Coming from a photography background I kept trying to buy ND+PL filters for video. It just doesn’t seem to work! So I’ve dropped the polarizer and kept the ND which allows me to use the 180-degree rule to set my shutter speed to double my fps. When we upgraded to the fx3 I can set my shutter speed of 1/48 when filming at 24fps. PERFECT! PolarPro makes great filters but I found another brand called NiSi that I like just as much and costs (a little) less. I always purchase the 82mm size so it fits any lens, and I use step-up rings for my smaller lenses. I carry a 3-stop ND8 and a 6-stop ND64.
ND16+PL Filter 82mm
For Landscape Photography I use an ND+PL. The ND allows me to use a lower shutter speed for capturing movement in water, you know those creamy waterfall shots. A must if you’re shooting outdoors in full sun or near water. PolarPro is expensive but the glass is sharp, don’t go budget when you buy filters it can reduce the quality of an expensive lenses like the ones recommended above.
For Action Photography I use a non-ND polarizer to cut the glare off water, glass and punch up the sky. I love the look a good polarizer gives to an image.
Step-Up Ring 67-82
I like to buy the biggest filter possible and use step-up rings. A bigger filter is better and multiple step-up rings are way more affordable than lots of filters.
DJI Osmo Action 4
We’ve just ordered this camera for our kit. Going back to the rectangular ‘action camera’ format this camera keeps the magnetic mount that we love so much and adds a huge 1/1.3″ sensor. Better low light performance, 10-bit D Log M for enhanced color control, 160 min battery, Dual Touch Screens, Removeable Lens, it truly is the best Action Camera on the market.
Insta360 One RS 1″ Leica
For those unique perspectives and hard to capture all in one frame shots. The “One RS” has the Leica lens and I feel it’s worth the extra expense for the quality and sharpness upgrade. Only downside it’s not as splashproof. If you want a more versatile version that’s waterproof go for the affordable Insta360 X3. For any 360 camera, I will warn you they capture a lot of footage and editing can be a beast if you don’t plan!
DJI Action 2
This is a great little camera, but it’s been updated with the more expensive Osmo 4 above, but the accessories make it a great starter system. We have the Dual Screen Combo which is great for self-filming or placing the camera in tiny spaces, or at the extreme front of the boat. We also have the macro lens, Mini-Tripod and underwater housing. If I could only have one action camera, this would be it. Horizon Leveling Stabilization, integrates with the DJI Mic for quality audio, and good cine-like color profile for video.
- Buy from DJI: https://bit.ly/action2-wynn
- Buy from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gnla93
- Buy from B&H: https://bhpho.to/3GziTlE
DJI Action 2 Accessories
Underwater Housing: B&H https://bhpho.to/3GBVm3K
The Absolute BEST shotgun microphone you can buy for run-and-gun filming. Seriously, it’s an amazing little mic that quickly selects between wide and narrow recording (only works if you have an mi hot shoe found on Sony cameras). If you’re using a compact Sony camera you might consider the smaller ECM-B10
Brilliant in high winds and works perfectly for Voice Over. Connects directly to the DJI Action Camera for clear audio in extreme conditions and works with most any camera or smart phone through the mic jack, usb-c or iPhone plug. You can capture audio directly to the mic as a backup, this is especially helpful in loud situations like filming at the HH Factory.
Great for Voice Over…and if we ever start that Podcast this will be the brains of our system.
Rode VidMic Pro+ (Backup Mic)
The go-to shotgun mic for most vloggers, it’s a solid choice and the “+” version turns on when you power on the camera helping to reduce the missed audio issues of the previous version of this mic.
WANDRD PRVKE 21 Backpack 21L
This is our newest bag and is our go-to for outdoor adventures. Rugged, water-resistant, rolltop, and comfortable.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L
This a smart-looking, well-designed all-around backpack for photo/video, travel, as an overnight bag, or just touring around the city.
ONA Brixton Messenger Bag
Gender-neutral bag for when we don’t want to haul around a backpack. Fits enough camera gear for the day plus a safe spot for the iPad. Durable, water-resistant canvas and I love the double pockets in the front.
High-Speed Card Reader
High Speed CF Express Type A Cards
Best for Sony a7S and FX Cameras
High Speed SD Cards
Micro SD Cards
Sony Z Battery (buy at least 2 extra)
For Sony a7 and FX
Sony NP Battery (buy at least 2 extra)
For the RX100
On-Camera LED Video Light
Peak Design Slide Lite Strap
Tripods & Gimbal
Manfrotto Befree Video Tripod
Gorillapod 3k Pro
You must buy the “PRO” version if you want it to last
RAM Mount Twist-Lock Suction
Affordable Vlogging Camera
I’ve shot with these cameras and lenses, but I don’t own them. If you want a compact, affordable alternative to the full-frame Sony a7 series you should check out the a6 series and lenses. Gimbal sensor plus stabilized lenses make it great for vlogging. And since they are lightweight they are easier for travel.
Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G
Sony E 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS
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