When looking for anything, it’s good to actually research what camera you want. One of the main factors is money. A lot of the higher end camera equipment is really expensive, but what if there was no limits on the amount of money someone can spend, what would you buy?
This is my dream camera equipment.
Camera (DSLR): Sony A7S II (with a Sony E18-105mm f4 G OSS Lens)
Product Description: The Sony Alpha A7S Mark II is a replacement to the A7S, with enhanced video functionality, a faster AF system and extraordinary low-light capabilities that will appeal both to photographers and video specialists. In addition to internal 4K video recording with full pixel readout, the A7S MK II also offers S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3, new Gamma Assist Display, enhanced Zebra Function, Full HD at 120fps and 4x/5x slow motion recording. At the heart of the a7S MK II is a full-frame 12.2-megapixel image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine that work in tandem to deliver 5-axis Image Stabilisation and an outstanding sensitivity range of ISO 50-409,600 to facilitate even greater shooting control in challenging lighting conditions.
Price: £2,805.00 with the lens
Camera (Point and Shoot): Sony a6500 (with a Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE)
Product Description: Sony Alpha A6500 APS-C E-mount Camera (5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilisation, 11fps, 425 Points Hybrid AF, Touchscreen, 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor, 4K Movie) – Black.
Price: £1,800.00 with the lens
Microphone: Rode Videomic Pro with the Rycote Deadcat
Product Description: A true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio. The Rode VideoMic Pro R builds on the original VideoMic Pro with the inclusion of Rycote’s famous Lyre suspension system, which isolates your microphone from handling noise. The Lyre suspension is made from advanced thermo plastic which is virtually non-breakable. The all-new capsule provides even lower self-noise and higher sensitivity than the original model, ensuring that you capture crystal-clear audio every time. The new design retains the audio controls of the original model with a high pass filter set at 80 hertz to enable you to cut out low frequency noise, such as traffic, without affecting the pick-up of the human voice frequencies.
Microphone (connected to a PC): Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver Edition
Product Description: The Yeti is one of the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphones available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, the Yeti is an ultimate tool for creating amazing recordings, directly to your computer. With exceptional sound and performance, the Yeti can capture anything with a clarity & ease unheard of in a USB microphone.
Tripod: KINGJOY VT Series VT-2500 Professional Portable 3-Section Video Tripod Stand Holder
Product Description: KINGJOY of Video VT series is a professional video tripod specially designed for film & video shooting, live broadcast, wedding photography and etc. The legs are made of imported aluminium alloy. All metal parts adopt Mg-Al material. It is high strength, lightweight and stable tripod. It is the best choice for professional photographers.
Big Gimbal: DJI Ronin
Product Description: The DJI Ronin Handheld Gimbal System is video camera stabiliser that will self-adjust to balance professional video camera rigs up to 16 pounds. Just hold it in your hands and you’ll achieve smooth and stable footage with the highest levels of precision. Even when mounted to an aircraft in high-speed flight, precise control can be achieved with the highest level of stability. Our custom built super fast processors, sensors, and algorithms offer an extreme precision of control angle within the range of 0.02″. This puts world class leading technology into your hands, yielding the highest standards when it comes to picture or video .
Small Gimbal: DJI Osmo
Product Description: The DJI OSMO Mobile Gimbal for iPhone lets you capture and share memorable moments more easily and cinematically. Used with the DJI GO app, OSMO Mobile turns your iPhone into a smart motion camera, making everything you shoot look smooth, professional and ready to share.
Camera Monitor: Blackmagic Design Video Assist Video Recorder and Monitor
Product Description: Now it’s easy to add professional monitoring and recording to your camera with the Blackmagic Video Assist! With a bright 5 inch high resolution 1920 x 1080 monitor, Blackmagic Video Assist can be added to any camera to ensure perfect focus and framing.
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 4K Quadcopter Drone
Product Description: The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever.
Shoulder Mount: Easyrig 5 Vario System
Product Description: The Easyrig Vario 5 still delivers the same steady hand-held shots while relieving strain on your back, neck and shoulders. The load is redistributed to the hips allowing you to shoot hand-held in comfort for hours.
Slider: EACHSHOT® ComStar CS-EBSL120
Product Description: The Video Slider is specially designed for filmmakers and time-lapse video users.
It’s added into additional Electronic controlling parts to assist the traditional manual slider, which can control the direction as well as the speed.
It’s very good tooling for your customised film and video.
Lighting: Vibesta Verata160 Daylight LED On-Camera Light
Product Description: The Verata160 an on-camera light with 160 powerful daylight balanced LEDs.
Of course, these are only a dream, the total cost of the equipment listed is almost £12,000 (as I’m writing this). Most of the equipment listed here isn’t needed, but it’s nice to have. If you look around you can easily do this cheaper, but it’s nice to be able to dream set-up.