We are often asked what gear we use for our personal and Stills to Motion work. We are Sony mirrorless shooters and love our Zeiss and Sony lenses. These tools are lighter weight that the typical DSLR and offer substantially more stabilization.

 

 

We do suggest that you start with what you have and see if you can make it work before going out and spending a lot of money. That being said, you will find it easier to shoot handheld with wider lenses. If you plan on shooting longer portrait lenses you will need to purchase/use additional stabilization.

 

 

HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE AND WHAT WE USE IT FOR.

 

 

 

SONY ALPHA SERIES CAMERAS

 

Both of the following cameras are ideal for Stills to Motion because they have image stabilization and facial/focal point tracking.

 

Sony a6500

 

This is a smaller crop sensor mirrorless camera. This is the perfect “purse camera” or back up video camera. The video on it is amazing. Often we use this when we want to video cameras, as a personal camera for every day moments, or when we want to use our gimbal when videoing. Because it is light weight and small it is perfect to carry around with you in your purse or for kids hands.  This camera also has a silent shutter… perfect when you want to go full ninja mode with your kids.

 

Sony a9

 

This is a full frame mirrorless camera. The a9 is a great camera for a professional photographer.

 

 

LENSES

 

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Zeiss Batis 135 MM f/2.8 and Zeiss Batis 85 f/1.8 mm

 

Stunning portrait lenses. The color and sharpness is amazing. Both of these lenses have a very sturdy build and are a nice weight. These two are our favorite lenses (specifically in Zeiss on a Sony!) because we can hand hold with relative good results when making videos. The image stabilization is amazing. This set up allows us to capture both portraits and video in a similar way and look.

 

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Sony 24-70 mm f/2.8

 

Everyone should have at least one zoom lens work horse in their bag. This lens comes in so handy when shooting both stills and video, especially in doors or when shooting large groups. It is also one of our go-to lenses indoors. It is so nice to be able to vary your video and stills with a twist of your wrist.  Check out the Canon and Nikon versions as well!

 

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Sony 35 mm f/ 1.4

 

The 35 mm lens is perfect for documentary photography and video.  This is great everyday focal length and the 1.4 version makes it a fast lens when working in low light.

 

Another great option is the Sigma 35 mm 1.4 art lens. *make sure the lens mount works with your camera.

 

Sony 55 f/1.8

 

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The 55 f/1.8 is a compact lightweight powerhouse. This lens is a great detail, scene, and portrait lens. It works great in lowlight. This lens also is a great lens on the a6500 making it the perfect lens/camera combo to capture everyday moments in both still and video and have right in your purse.  A 50 mm f/1.4 is another amazing lens made by both Canon and Nikon.

 

STABILIZERS

 

To capture both stills and motion in the field we have specific gear we like to use.

 

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Neoprene Camera Strap

 

This stretchy strap, when pulled tightly around our necks, gives us support when we are on the go. Plus… we keep it on our camera so we always have some kind of stabilizer with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rig allows us to move our hands away from the camera giving us more stability. While it looks like a steering wheel, it is an effective way to move around when paired with wider angle lenses! We love using the 50 mm lens with this rig.  We can also hold it up high and low getting creative angles. We like this hand hand stabilizer over all others because we can still hold the camera easily up to our face and quickly transitions from motion to still work.

 

 

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ADDITIONAL GEAR

 

Color Checker

 

Getting White balance right in camera makes your end video and stills so much better… and easier to match. We use the color checker at most sessions. We have the passport size which fits easily in a pocket or bag.

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Cards

 

 

We like SanDisk cards and try to use ones that have a write speed of 95 mb/s to capture video.

 

 

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