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 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. It’s our numero uno and is our best camera.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
We have the Mavic 2 Zoom (pictured) because the Pro was unavailable, both are great but the “Pro” is well…more Pro and is my top choice for a semi-compact drone.
PolarPro Vivid Mavic ND+PL Filters
If you’re filming outside in full sun an ND filter is a must. If you’re filming around water a Polarizer is a must. So the ND+PL is the perfect filter for our life at sea.
DJI Mini 2
It packs a lot of punch in a tiny (and affordable) package. The size and weight make it easier to carry around and the performance is surprisingly good.
Sailing shots…will I fly this while underway? No way! Terra firma or anchor only. Trying to land our Mavic Pro on the boat while moving at slow 4 knots already gives me a mild panic attack. While it’s a zippy drone, the higher the winds, 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 Pro 2.
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!
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 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).
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
This is the best overall lens. It’s what we have on the camera 70% of the time.
ND16+PL Filter 82mm
A must if you’re shooting outdoors in full sun and 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 lens like the ones recommended above.
If it’s not full-sun 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
If I could only have one action camera, this would be it. Stable, front & rear screen, and good cine color profile for video.
Incredibly rugged, high-quality action camera. Not super-stabilized like the DJI Osmo. The biggest flaw is no continual autofocus. We use this as our helm cam.
GoPro Hero 8
Always a solid action camera but not my favorite color profile.
For those unique perspectives and hard to capture all in one frame shots.
The Absolute BEST shotgun microphone you can buy for run-and-gun filming. Seriously, it’s an amazing little mic (only if you use Sony cameras).
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.
Sony ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone
WANDRD PRVKE 21 Backpack 21L
This is our newest bag and is our go-to for outdoor adventures. Rugged, waterproof, 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
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High Speed SD Cards
Micro SD Cards
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Sony Z Battery (buy at least 2 extra)
For the a7iii
Sony NP Battery (buy at least 2 extra)
For the RX100
Ikan Onyx On-Camera LED Light
Tripods & Gimbal
Manfrotto befree Video Tripod
Gorillapod 3k Pro
You must buy the “PRO” version if you want it to last
Zhiyun-Tech Crane M2
RAM Mount Twist-Lock Suction
Monopod for Action Cameras
Splat Flexible Tripod
We were looking for an alternative to the Gorilla Pod and a way to capture underwater timelapse, then we found this little flexible tripod. There are no moving parts like our Gorilla Pod, it’s just one solid flexi-bendy piece.
Sony USB Card Hub
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Peak Design Slide Lite
GNARBOX 2.0 SSD
Other Lenses I Like
Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G
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Sony FE 24-105mm f4 G OSS
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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 and stabilized lenses make it great for vlogging.
Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G
Sony E 70-350mm f4.5-6.3 G OSS
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