Gear List


Sony FS5: Best documentary camera ever?

Sony FS5 documentary camera

Here’s the gear I use to bring stories to life.

NOTE: In support of the Seattle filmmaking community, I’ve made some of my best gear available for rent, at reasonable rates, here on KitSplit

Cameras: I most frequently shoot with EOS C-series cameras and Sony FS series cameras. The most recent addition to my camera inventory is a Sony FS5, which is an impressive camera for documentary and commercial work. I also shoot regularly with Sony FS7 & FS700. I also own a Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 60D DSLR, GoPro Hero4 and DJI Osmo.

Aerial: DJI Phantom 3 pro quadcopter.

Transportation: Nissan Leaf. We strive for zero-emission filmmaking on all projects within 50 miles of Seattle.


Zeiss cine-modified prime lens kit


  • Zeiss primes (matched set): 25mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.7, 85mm f/1.4, 135mm f/2.8.
  • Nikon primes: 20mm f/4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, 105 f/2.5, 300mm f/4 and 1.4x Nikon teleconverter.
  • Metabones T Cine Smart Adapter EF to Sony E.
  • Metabones T Speed Booster Ultra .71x EF to Sony E adapter.
  • Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro.
  • Canon 70-200 f/4 IS.
  • Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS.
  • Tiffen Indie Pro IR ND kit.


  • Tilta CF matte box,
  • Genus Production matte box,
  • Genus Lite.


  • Sachtler Flowtech 75 w/ FSB-8T and Ace XL heads.
  • Vinten Vision 5AS fluid head,
  • Miller Solo 20 CF sticks,
  • Steadicam Merlin,
  • Aviator travel jib,
  • Genus Bravo follow focus,
  • Zacuto mini baseplate,
  • Tilta rig and matte box,
  • Genus Matte Box Lite,
  • Tilta V-lock battery plate.

Motion: Dana Dolly, Rhino EVO carbon slider with motion control and Arc.


LiteGear LiteMat2

LED Lighting:

  • LiteGear LiteMat2 kit.
  • LiteGear S2 LiteMat1 kit,
  • Dedolight DLED-7 with DP2 projection kit;
  • Hive Wasp-100C w/Source Four Mini kit,
  • LiteGear LiteStix,
  • Switronix Bolt bi-color LED lights (2).

Tungsten lighting:

  • Arri 650 Watt Plus tungsten fresnels + scrim kit (2),
  • Smith-Victor 720 650-watt open-face lights (2),
  • Lowel Tota 750-watt lights (2),
  • Lowel Pro Light 200-watt.

Light modifiers:

  • Matthews 4×4 Road Rags + travel floppy, bounce, silks and solids.
  • 3 Photoflex Silverdome cine softboxes (small to large with grids and speed rings),
  • 62″ Photoflex umbrella,
  • medium shoot-through umbrellas (2),
  • large and medium size China balls.



  • Sound Devices MixPre 3,
  • SD MixPre (original),
  • Tascam DR-70D 4-channel field recorder,
  • Zoom H4N.


  • Sennheiser 8060 shotgun mic,
  • Audix SCX1-HC,
  • Octava MK012 “Bello Nero” hypercardioid condenser mic,
  • Audio Technica 875 shotgun mic,
  • Rode Stereo VideoMic X,
  • Rode VideoMic Pro,
  • Sennheiser MKE 400,
  • Sennheiser Evolution G3 wireless lav,
  • DPA 4061 lav,
  • Tram TR50 lavalier,
  • Rode lavalier,

Other: Sennheiser HD 280 phones, Think Tank sound bag, Rode boom pole.

Touching the joystick enlarges the image 4x or 8x


  • Teradek Serv Pro client monitoring solution (streams video wirelessly to any IOS device)
  • SmallHD 702,
  • SmallHD 502,
  • SmallHD DP-6,
  • Alphatron EVF,
  • Zacuto Zamerican 12″ articulating arm,
  • Manfrotto hydrostatic 9″ arm.

Editing: HD editing suite is Final Cut Pro X on iMac 27″ and MacBook Pro laptop with 6TB Thunderbolt storage (Pegasus R4 and Lacie 2big) + 16 TB Drobo Pro. Davinci Resolve Studio for color finishing. Multiple Lacie 2 Big 4tb Thunderbolt drives for production work, and SSD drives for location backup and storage.


  • 2 Low Boy combo stands,
  • 1 11′ combo stand,
  • 3 C-stands w/ grip arms,
  • 2 Matthews triple headers,
  • 9′ portable background stand with muslins and solid,
  • 48″ x 48″ Chimera diffusion frame,
  • 2 Manfrotto booms,
  • 4 light stands,
  • Matthews Road Rags,
  • Mini Grip Kit with dslr auto mount,
  • Multi-cart R12,
  • full range clamps, arms.





4 thoughts on “Gear List

  1. Mark Thompson

    Thanks for a great website, I just bought a C100 mk II and made a few adjustments after reading your set up guide.
    If you can help, is there any way you can assign a button to enter slow-motion settings?
    Looking forward to a step into video, I’m picturing it working out well with the SLR.


    Mark Thompson

    1. Dan McComb Post author

      Hi Mark,
      I haven’t assigned this, but I believe it’s possible – just go to the Assign button, then select the button you want to change, (screen will turn blue) find the feature you want to assign, which in your case would be 59.976 frame rate, and select it.

  2. Pascal Faeh

    Hi Dan

    Your blog is a big inspiration. Thanks for that!

    I am going to buy the Sony SF5. Looking very much forward to that. Since you are a big fan of the SF5, I was wondering why do you not have any Sony lenses? I am insecure if I should go for the regular kid lens Sony selp 18105g or if I should upgrade to the 18110g. Is it worth spending money on the upgrade?

    Besides that, my lenses are: Canon 70-200L, Canon 24 1.4, Canon EFS 10-22, Canon 24-105L, Sigma 18-35mm 1:8, Canon EFS 18-135

    Would be interested what you think

    Best regards from Zurich, Switzerland


    1. Dan McComb Post author

      Hi Pascal,
      Great question! I don’t have any Sony glass because I previously invested in EF mount lenses. And, EF lenses are easily adapted to the Sony E mount. Further, full-frame EF lenses used with a Speedbooster adapter gain almost one stop of speed (so an f/4 lens becomes effectively an f/2.8 lens). Further, it’s possible to adapt many other types of lenses (Nikon, PL, etc) to use the Sony E mount – but it is NOT possible to adapt Sony E mount lenses to work on Canon cameras. So that, in a nutshell, is why I haven’t bought any Sony glass.

      However, the first lens that may change my mind about that is the new Fujinon MK 18-55mm parfocal zoom. This lens is designed only for E mount because it would be impossible to design for EF and keep the compact form factor and price point. And it is an amazing lens for certain types of shooting. I will probably rent this lens for the time being, but may consider purchasing it at some point.


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