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The portable gear you need to shoot really lightweight

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Technical 20th Apr 2017 RedShark News


When you are travelling light you will always have to make some compromises. But, with the right gear, it is entirely possible to obtain shots with a cinematic sensibility without needing to hire Sherpas!

I love the idea of compact gear and I love the idea of simplicity. When you have a budget and a crew on hand and a load of time, then having a larger camera and a truckload of grip equipment is wonderful. However, as I have perhaps pointed out in my various tomes here, not everyone is working with such luxuries and to the consternation of some, the one-man band is a reality. Particularly when it might come to being out in the wilds doing a spot of adventure filming. Not everyone has the budget, gear, and logistical capabilities of Red Bull.

With that in mind, how can a person travel as light as possible, but still have some ability to get some slick shots? I’m going to give a rundown of some potential equipment here. I have not tested all of it in person, but I hope I can give you some ideas to investigate further. My thought process here is to have a camera that is capable of some real quality, as well as being able to move from mount to mount with minimal messing around. If there’s one thing that really makes me frustrated it is having to keep unscrewing mounting plates.

The business end, the camera

You might already have a lightweight camera you are happy with. Any of the peripheral gear I list here will work with most lightweight cameras. But for my purposes, I want a small camera that is capable of some good quality, with real grading potential.

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