Gear List

 

Sony FS5: Best documentary camera ever?

Sony FS5 documentary camera

Gear isn’t the most important thing I bring to a job: ideas are. But once we know what story we’re trying to tell, great equipment helps bring those ideas to life. Here’s my current list.

NOTE: In support of the Seattle filmmaking community, I’ve made some of my best gear available for rent, at reasonable rates, via CameraLends.com

Cameras: I frequently shoot with EOS C-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 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.

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Zeiss cine-modified prime lens kit

Lenses: 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 Speed Booster Ultra .71x EF to Sony E adapter; Metabones T-Smart Adapter IV EF to Sony E. 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. Matteboxes: Tilta CF matte box, Genus Production matte box, Genus Lite.

Support: Sachtler FSB-8T w/75cf legs, Vinten Vision 5AS, 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.

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LiteGear LiteMat2

LED Lighting: LiteGear LiteMat2 kit. Dedolight DLED-7 with DP2 projection 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: Sound Devices MixPre, Tascam DR-70D 4-channel field recorder, Sennheiser 8060 shotgun mic, Audio Technica 875 shotgun mic, Octava MK012 “Bello Nero” hypercardioid condenser mic, Rode VideoMic Pro, Sennheiser MKE 400, Sennheiser Evolution G3 wireless lav, DPA 4061 lav, Tram TR50 lavalier, Rode lavalier, Sennheiser HD 280 phones, Think Tank sound bag, Rode boom pole.

Touching the joystick enlarges the image 4x or 8x


Monitoring:
SmallHD 702, 502, 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 for color finishing. Multiple Lacie 2 Big 4tb Thunderbolt drives for production work, and SSD drives for location backup and storage.

Grip: 2 Low Boy combo stands, 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.

 

2 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.

    Cheers

    Mark Thompson

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    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.

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