Updated: Feb 7
Panasonic Lumix GH5
We absolutely LOVE this camera. It's a very good all rounder camera and we're able to capture great quality photos with this. We bought the camera in the first place because we wanted to be able to shoot both high quality photos and videos. It has 20.1 MP and shoot up to 4k 60 fps videos and it also has the option of 10bit recording. Furthermore the idea of the camera purchase was to use it primarily for videography and as an underwater camera. The GH5 is a mirrorless camera with a crop sensor so it's very light and easy to handle. We don't have much experience with other cameras yet but one day we wish to explore the advantages of the full frame cameras from either Canon or Sony which we want to use primarily for photography. Also, the GH5 comes with a timelapse mode which is very useful for us since we are travelling just the two of us and we wish to take couple photos.
With this camera we have experienced that the quality is really good when shooting portraits and if you like to shoot in low light environments they have good options of lenses with a low aperture number.
The 12-35mm lens is our first lens and the one we use 90% of the time. The great part about this lens is that the aperture is constant and remains the same throughout the zoom range. This is really beneficial because it's already not the best camera in low light and it makes a good portrait lens being able to get that really nice and blurry background.
We bought the 100-300mm lens as our second lens because we also wanted to explore wild life photography but we haven't actually used it much for that specific reason yet. Because of the crop censor in the GH5 the 300mm is equivalent to a full frames 600mm so its zoom is incredible together with the already high quality pictures the camera can produce.
The 14-140mm is our third purchase of lenses and to be honest we only bought it because it was a super cheap second hand lens and from time to time we find ourself needing a zoom range between 35 and 100mm. This lens is super versatile and has an amazing zoom range. On top of that it weighs absolutely nothing and is very small. If the aperture had been a constant of f/2.8 this would be our favourite lens for sure but we find ourselves needing f/2.8 a lot especially for portraits.
The 25mm is our fourth purchase of lenses and this is by far the best lens we have bought for portrait photography. The 1.4 aperture gives a great ability to control the depth of field and when focusing on a subject it gives an incredible shallow and blurry background. A very impressive lens that is weatherproof and sealed against moisture and dust. Very compact and lightweight!
Overall these lenses are super good and we got them all pretty cheap either on discount or as second hand. We probably didn't need all these lenses but it has truly come in handy and you can get a great variety of photos with different zoom ranges.
Filters & Step Up Ring
B + W Circular Polarizer MRC (58mm)
Manfrotto ND8 (67mm)
Manfrotto ND64 (67mm)
Manfrotto ND500 (67mm)
Step up ring (58-67mm)
Drone ND/PL filters - Polar Pro 6-pack cinema series
Filters have been extremely important for us and especially when we were new to photography. We often found ourselves shooting in bright light and this is where the Neutral density filters (ND-filters) comes in handy. They are best described as sunglasses for your camera and with these you don't have to compensate much in your settings (ISO, aperture & shutterspeed). The variable one is by far the best one where you don't have to switch filter to get the wanted brightness but you just turn it around until the brightness is as you want it.
The Circular Polarizer is a really good filter if you wish to change the color of the sky or the water. It can also be used to remove reflection in water if you want to photograph something under the surface or remove the reflection in windows.
For us our UV-filter is only used as a protection from scratches because we wanted to protect our zoom lens when we bought it.
The step up ring makes it possible for us to use bigger filters on our lenses with a smaller diameter thread but we have now bought the Variable ND filter for the smaller lenses which is waaaaay smarter.
DJI Mavic Air
This particular drone have been absolutely amazing for us! We bought the Mavic Air because we didn't know the first thing about drones when we were looking for one but it was small enough for us to travel with - and it was also within our price range. We thought that we could learn how to use this one before considering buying a bigger one. We are still on a learning basis with this since we have focused mostly on our photography with our camera but so far we love what we can create with a drone. The video quality is really good but in our opinion the pictures doesn't reach the same quality at all. Because of the size of it we will not change it just yet since it's very handy having something that barely takes up any space in your camera bag or luggage. If you don't have a drone already we would definitely recommend this one as a start. Also because of the price range you won't cry too hard if you crash it haha.
DJI Ronin S
The DJI Ronin S is a stabiliser for our camera also called a gimbal. We bought this because we have always been very motivated by travel videos and wanted to create very smooth videos. It started as talk but one day we could get it on discount and we took the chance. We have used it mostly for learning and not creating any content for our social media yet. We got a job filming a sports event where we used it to run after people and got extremely smooth footage without any camera shake. This gimbal can be used with one hand without problems - unless you do it for a long time then it gets a little heavy. Anyway a two hand option is also possible.
You can use this gimbal to capture amazing moments from various angles while you tilt, pan and rotate the camera. This is most definitely not something everybody NEEDS and to be honest we probably don't even need it yet but it is fun to use and you can get very amazing footage with it. I think we have a thing for equipment that is on discount. We have to do a purchase haha! Also we do know that videography is something we want to do at some point, so we might as well have it already for when we start the journey of video content.
GoPro & Dome
A GoPro is a very useful piece of equipment used both above and under water. We only use it for underwater purpose and have been very happy with the results. We started off with a cheap Hero 7 White and in our opinion it's a good camera but we would definitely recommend one that is able to record in 4K. When we truly learned the difference in quality from 1080p FHD to 4K UHD our eyes couldn't unsee the difference in quality and for this reason we bought the Hero 9 black. We have been very happy with it and being able to explore the ocean with it have been absolutely mind blowing. If you are interested check out the links above!
The GoPro Telesin Dome is absolutely amazing! It pushes away the water from the camera lens so you are able to create half'n half pictures. Half above water and half under water. It will make you footage stand out and is very simple to use.
Except buying a camera our tripod have been our best purchase so far! If you are into photography and you don't have a tripod yet you are 100% going to buy it one day. It have a wide range of advantages for your photography game! A few examples; You can take long exposure pictures of waterfalls or the stars which looks absolutely amazing! You can shoot photos of yourself without having anyone to take the photos of you and you will also avoid camera shake this way. You can bring a tripod everywhere since it doesn't take up a huge amount of space. We bought our tripod for like $20 in Australia and have served its purpose over and over again. Amazing piece of equipment!
Gorilla Pod & Boya Microphone
We got our Gorilla Pod so that we could do Vlogs whilst travelling. Unfortunately we only used it for like 10 days and then Covid-19 hit New Zealand and we decided to do quarantine back in Denmark and we haven't actually used it since. When that's said it was very useful when you want to walk and talk and since our camera have in-body stabilisation there weren't a lot of camera shake in our footage. It can also be used to wrap around trees or other items so when you walk by you are creating different footage this way. Very useful.
When you are Vlogging you need a good microphone. We bought the a Boya Microphone because it was very cheap when we got it and at the time we didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. If we should recommend any microphone we think you should check out the ones from Røde since we only heard good things about them and read a lot of reviews. Also when we start vlogging properly we'll have to invest in one from Røde ourselves. Make sure to check out their different variants for your own personal needs as they come in different price & sizes
Douchebags - The Backpack Pro 26L
Nomatic - Peter McKinnon Camera Pack Bundle 35L
So we just recently decided to buy camera bags. Up until now we have basically just been using regular bags/backpacks which have been quite annoying especially because you have to stack everything on top of each other. For Maria we bought The Backpack Pro 26L from Douchebags in a beige color. Simply because we want to be able to carry extra clothes for photoshoots and also as a carry on bag when traveling. We already know a few people who has this backpack and it is super useful. We are also planning on using it in our photos as it looks rad.
For Jonas we bought Peter McKinnons Camera Pack Bundle 35L that he made in collaboration with Nomatic. Jonas learned most of what he knows about photography and videography through Peter Mckinnon and his amazing YouTube videos and therefore he wanted to support him by buying this bag - and also because he loves the well thought out interior design and the bag can fit all our equipment. You can design the inside as you please and personalise your own compartments to fit all your camera equipment perfectly.
MacBook Pro 15"
When we were in Australia Maria's MacBook Pro completely died. We thought we were going to stay for at least another year so we decided to buy a new MacBook even though it has a different keyboard than the danish ones. We're practically native in English now haha! Although it's kind of annoying when we write something in Danish because we have letters in our alphabet which doesn't exist in the English - then we have to swap keyboard all the time, but we manage.
This is definitely something we couldn't travel without since it's needed for editing purposes and we like to edit all of our photos on a laptop rather than on a phone. It doesn't take up much space in your camera bag or luggage as our bags have built in laptop compartment.
With travelling and photography comes the biggest problem of them all - batteries and SD cards. We quickly realised that we needed extra batteries since one battery only lasts for about 3 hours if you are using it constantly. So we decided to get a second one. Often you won't be able to charge your batteries when you are out exploring and this is when extra batteries come in handy.
We often take our pictures in timelapse mode which allows us to take a picture every second for as long as we set it to. This means we get a lot of photos we don't need on top of the ones we do need and if we forget to delete them it's nice to have an extra SD card. So we got 2 for travelling purposes - 1x 256GB & 1x 128GB and 1 extra with 128GB if we get photography gigs. This way they are always separated and we always have an extra in case we forget, misplace or use up the space.
We recently decided to invest in a 5TB hard drive from Seagate. A good idea is to store all your footage and video content on an external hard drive because it takes up an enormous amount of space on your SD cards and your laptop especially if you shoot in RAW like we do. If you can store all your footage on an external hard drive you avoid buying new SD cards every time you fill up one and you won't take up all your space on your laptop which is essential not to do. Also in case your laptop breaks it's incredibly handy to have a backup and you won't risk loosing any footage.
Our laptop only comes with USB-C ports and therefore the Alogic Ultra USB-C adapter is extremely helpful. We can now plug in almost anything to our laptop - SD cards from both our camera and drone, our hard drive and we also have an extra USB-C port and HDMI.
This was a full disclosure of all our camera equipment! Hope you will find it useful or maybe help you in some way when purchasing camera gear or thinking about doing so.
You don't need lots of equipment to create content but it for sure makes it a whole lot easier and definitely adds a lot more quality and variety in your content.
We haven't regretted any of our purchases, on the other hand we have a long list of things we still wish to get our hands on.
Stay tuned for more!
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