I often receive e-mails with questions from other photographers and videographers, so I have posted some of the more frequently asked questions here:
What kind of equipment do you shoot with/recommend?
Its important to note that these are all tools to tell stories. In most cases, more gear creates more problems. Whether you shoot on your cell phone or an Arri Alexa, it all comes down to your personal vision and the story you want to tell. These are just tools to further your stories.
Cinema and Still Cameras:
Canon Cinema EOS C300 – Our digital cinema camera for commercial & wedding work. Absolutely lovely image that retains optimal highlight and shadow detail for post production.
Canon Cinema EOS C100 – Secondary digital cinema camera that matches with our C300.
Canon 5D Mark III – Our primary still camera and a third camera for cinema . Full frame with gorgeous coloring. We shot a lot of our films with these cameras before moving up to the Canon C line.
Leica M6 TTL 0.85 – My personal film rangefinder. Its light, silent, and produces beautiful images. Its the perfect camera for travel.
Contax 645 – Our go to camera for portraits. This camera system is amazing when paired with the Zeiss 80 F/2.
Canon 514XL-S Super 8mm – Our Super8mm camera that we use on select weddings. An amazing, yet expensive medium, we love the organic feel of motion picture film and the image it produces.
Manfrotto Video Monopod – This is hands down our best investment. 90 percent of our shots are with this.
Steadicam Flyer LE – (I love this setup. You can achieve incredible shots, although its very pricey. The arm and vest is very nice). A Movi M10 may be in our future..
Kessler Stealth Slider – Super light and well engineered. This is our preferred slider for event/documetary work.
DJI Phantom 2 with a GoPro Hero 3 – Our go to setup for aerials. Intercuts well with the C300/C100 in the 2.7k mode.
Miller DS-20 Solo – (This is the primarily tripod setup that I use. Its completely rock solid and the head on it is amazing. It feels like you are moving a much heavier camera, which in turn makes for super silky movements. Ever since I messed with Philip Bloom’s DS-20 at WEVA, I knew I had to get one and I am so glad I did.)
Zacuto Z-Finder – (This piece of kit is essential for shooting on the 5D Mark II. It turns the LCD into a proper viewfinder and is a MUST HAVE for critical focus.
Each lens has a special purpose. We use primes for their speed, image quality, and durability. I also think zooming with my feet creates better images.
We primarily shoot on Zeiss ZE glass, but also have a whole kit of Canon L primes.
24mm 1.4 – A beautiful wide angle lens used for receptions and establishing shots. Its my go to Steadicam lens.
35mm 1.4 – This lens produces a really editorial look. Little distortion and great for formals/journalistic shots.
50mm 1.2 – My go to lens for just about everything. It produces beautiful portraits and detail shots with lovely bokeh. You should own this and the 35.
100mm 2.8 IS – Essential for close detail shots.
135mm 2.0 – A fantastic lens to compress your subject. Its small and light. Its much better to carry than the 70-200.
70-200mm 2.8 IS – The only zoom I carry. Its used for the ceremony only due to its quick flexibility. If you want to own an amazing zoom, this is it.
35 Summilux ASPH FLE – Hands down the best 35mm lens I have used. The colors and the way it renders is remarkable. It is very expensive and if I had to choose one Leica lens to invest in, it would be this one.
50 Summilux ASPH – An incredible lens for portraits. Insanely sharp with amazing rendering.
The best advice I have learned is to rent. We own a few lights for small jobs, but the majority of the jobs we do require us to rent specialty lighting gear.
Arri Softbank Kit – Great lights to shape with and can be used for a variety of applications.
Kino Flo 4bank – Amazing light for interviews and commercial projects. Super soft!
Lowel Pro Lights – A tungsten based source that is great for reception lighting. We rig up two of these usually.
Pelican Cases (I use these cases for my video equipment, memory cards, and computers. They are dust-proof, waterproof, and bomb proof. They are the best and I cannot recommend them more for protecting your gear).
ONA Bags – Great for carrying four primes and audio gear.
Thinktank Logistics Manager – Our go to for transporting gear for weddings. Its inconspicuous and holds everything.
Adobe CC- Premiere & After Effects have replaced our FCP based workflows. Its a great solution.