The Camera Equipment Dream-Team
My setup now, and what I want for the future (plus your suggestions, if you have any!)
Although it's a bit of a departure from my usual content, I wanted to discuss camera equipment. The setup that I have right now is fairly basic: I have a Nikon D3300 with an 18-55mm and a 55-300mm lens, as well as a Gopro Hero 3. The Nikon is a good mid-level DSLR, and serves it's purpose well. I use it mainly for still photography, although also occasionally for some short video clips. The Gopro works very well for most of video needs, and has the advantage of massive versatility.
In the past, I've mostly done still photography, and I've timed the shooting so that it falls in the early afternoon. However, moving forward, I'd like to do more videography and experiment with lighting conditions. This means, unfortunately, that my old D3300 doesn't really cut it. And while the Hero 3 is excellent, I could really use another to minimize the time I have to spend moving it around to capture new angles. So, for the future, here's the equipment I want.
1. Canon Eos 80D
It's not the top of the line model, but the 80D is a very good video camera. It shoots at 60fps at 1080p, and excels in low-light conditions. If I had a spare 3 or 4 grand lying around, I'd buy a Canon 5D Mk III plus lenses, nut the 80D is an excellent intermediary step.
2. Gopro Hero 7 Black
The newer Hero 7 have a variety of improvements over the older models, including 4k shooting, and much better image stabilization. Also, having a second Gopro would significantly reduce the time it takes to achieve video from multiple angles.
3. Stabilizer Rig
Rigs like this one allow for much smoother footage, which in turn means less time in editing. Although it's expensive (close to $400), I'd love to have one of these.
4. DJI Mavic 2
Nothing is quite as satisfying as a smooth aerial shot, for which you need either a good drone or a helicopter. And since I don't have a few thousand bucks laying around to rent a helicopter, this DJI is probably the best option. Even if it does cost almost a thousand dollars itself.