The holidays are upon us. Whether you’re a gear head crafting up a wish list or you simply have a ‘gets-too-excited-about-the-latest-technology’ person in your life, we at AFS have done the hard work for you. For a variety of budget ranges, these filmmaking tools will help spark creativity.
As Chase Jarvis said, the best camera is the one you have with you. For daily moments, that’s often my cellphone. One of my favs this year has been the Joby Gorillapod of Point & Shoots. This handy tripod can help you stabilize your shot, timelapse in a random spot, and take a snapshot further than the length of your arm. Its compact nature easily fits into your bag. Pair this guy with the GLIF, which is great for not only tripod use, but also as a kickstand.
The Black Diamond Moji Lantern is a discovery I snagged from Preston Kanak. This small & compact little lamp packs a punch while still keeping the light quality soft. If you’re interest in night timelapse, try sticking these bad boys into the bushes to highlight your foreground or add an accent. It will take a few tries to mold the light just right (we’ve been known to cover it with dirt or tape), but it’s magic when you get it.
The mirrorless A7s II is an adventure filmmakers dream, in my opinion anyway. It’s super lightweight, its low-light capability is phenomenal, and with an adaptive mount like the ones Metabones makes, you can use all the glass you already have, which for me is Canon. Plus the Metabones adapters boost the speed of your lens! While most of the features of the Mark II are pretty much the same as the Mark I, the biggest improvement for me is the internal 4k recording. No longer do you need to buy something just as expensive, like the Atomos Shogun monitor/external video recorder. Bam! Second place in improvements is the tilting LCD screen. I assume they realized without an external monitor, some improvements to the functionality of the on-board LCD monitor were needed.
ENO Twilights are a perfect addition to spruce up your campsite. These lights are light-weight, bright (23 LED’s), and great for ambient light. They come in two different color options, and the batteries last up to 72 hours. Bright enough to light up your whole tent without using your headlamp, but not enough to ruin your timelapse!
The new mobile devices such as the Olloclip or Moment lenses are perfect for the world traveler who wants to amp up the quality of their iPhone pictures. Don’t have room or the money for a large DSLR and lenses? Not a problem, these mobile devices are small, durable and perfect for snapping quick high quality pictures in the spur of the moment during your next holiday adventure!
The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is great durable tool for making batteries last while in the back country, or even just to throw in your purse when you know you will have a long day and won’t have a place to charge your phone.
I have a GoPro, but I would love some new accessories and mounts for it, such as the 3-way, the smart remote, the jaws flex clamp, or the unglamorous, but very functional, 64GB memory card.