Gear List by Heidi Csernak
MICRO FOUR THIRDS CAMERAS & LENSES
The micro four-thirds line of cameras more than meet my needs as a travel and food photographer while the 16MP sensor allows for medium sizes appropriate wall prints, plus publishing in magazines, books and newspapers.
Having a lighter weight gear allows me to carry a large assortment of options in my camera kit no matter where my sometimes solo adventures take me.
Panasonic Lumix GH3 - Main Body
It's a big beast, delivering beautiful pictures and smooth video. The batteries last all day, plus its weather sealed.
The battery grip has portrait button controls for vertical use - compatible with GH3 & GH4 - and allows pairing a second battery to the camera as a backup.
Panasonic Lumix GM5 - Backup Body
Tiny, and fits in my pocket with either the 20mm or 14mm with the fisheye converter.
I never leave home without this discreet m43 camera as it's especially useful in restaurants and crowded situations.
M43 PRIME LENSES
I always, always carry this lens, it's my go-to for food shots and nighttime photography, pairing it with the fisheye converter for super wide angle night shots. Beautiful and smooth bokeh.
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5
+ Lumix Fisheye converter
It's a decent way to capture very wide angle views, and fisheye being one of my favourite fields of view, I desire an upgrade!
This prime fisheye is high on my wishlist for nighttime photography but as this is not my primary focus nor forte, one of the two fisheye zoom lenses listed below will be a better fit for my needs.
M43 ZOOM LENSES
Weather sealed, dustproof and splashproof - I reach for this lens during inclement weather, extreme temperatures and low light conditions.
Perfect all round lens, sharp throughout the entire focal range. This lens is a perfect walkaround lens for city exploration, urban adventures and on the trail.
A dedicated telephoto lens is high on my wishlist so that I not need to rely on my Lumix FZ300 superzoom for wildlife photography, relegating the aforementioned camera to use with adventures on the water and during inclement weather.
Circular Polarizer Lens filter
CPLs are great for cutting reflections on glass, seeing through the water surface and I'm a big fan of the deep blue skies with this filter.
Neutral Density Lens filter
Keep an ND filter on hand if you want to do long exposure shots, whether it's capturing natural movement or reducing crowds into blurs.
Essentials & extras
My preference is for Peak Design camera straps, they are easily switched between the gear I am using and quickly removed when not needed. The wide straps are especially comfortable for long periods of time and long enough to wear across the body.
This is a key piece of gear when I'm travelling for a few days and the weather can't be counted on to stay sunny.
Mini Tripod with Quick Release Plate
The most important part of selecting a tripod is making sure it can hold your camera and lens weight. I chose the Moman Mini Tripod, it can support my heaviest gear without slipping and I do not need to mount my camera awkward places that the flexible legs of a Joby Gorillapod would allow.
Suction Cup Camera Mount
Great for recording video during road trips and timelapse, I own a Delkin Devices Mini Fat Gecko but there are multiple designs available to match your needs.
Small Panel Light, photography & video
While you can turn on your phone flashlight to illuminate a subject, a pocket-sized, mountable, USB charged panel light with adjustable brightness and temperature is a delight to use in photography and video.
I've tested all my batteries for longevity, so I'll know how many batteries to bring for day trips and overnights when a charger is not available.
Setting a sleep mode on my camera helps preserve battery life while allowing quick use for photography on the trail without draining juice with constant powering on/off.
Extra Memory Cards
Go the extra mile and find SD cards that are waterproof, freezeproof, heatproof and x-ray proof for added protection of your precious pictures.
Don't even think about using your shirt (or fingers) to clean your lenses - bring lens wipes!
Adventure & Action Cameras
There are times when I do not want to risk damaging my main camera with water adventures and the rigours of bad weather, even if the body and the lens are weather-sealed, so I have a lineup of adventure cameras ready.
Panasonic Lumix GF3, 20mm f1.7
+ Polaroid Underwater Housing
Enclosed in the Polaroid case, the Lumix GF3 with lens equipped is completely buoyant in the water.
Intended for scuba diving, the housing allows me to take a micro four-thirds camera out for paddling adventures and through inclement weather without any concerns of water damage.
A light superzoom camera for rugged or wet trail conditions. Until I own an m43 telephoto lens I also rely on the FZ300 zoom range for wildlife photography.
SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action|Dash|Cam
A little pocketable camera that's very portable and perfect for dashcam timelapse. Also a great backup for adventures on the water.
I'm happy with the SJ6 with 2K video capabilities, but it's not waterproof without a case, so the Hero7 is high on my wishlist.
Tascam DR-100 Audio Recorder
Is it overkill? Probably, but I won't need to get another portable recorder! Other options I'd considered was the Zoom H1, Tascam DR5, Zoom H4N, and the Tascam DR40, but the DR100 was in perfect condition albeit the oldest in this model series.
A lightweight directional, cardioid mic that connects by a hot shoe or screw mount. This kit comes with everything you need, from carrying case, a mic foam and dead cat plus both TRS & TRRS cables.
A lavalier, like the Tascam DR-10L will come in handy if I need to record interview audio in certain settings, however, the Tascam DR-100 that I currently own works very well handheld. Plus, with its multiple microphone inputs, the DR-100 can also double as a recorder for lav mics.
This gear list contains affiliate links, so if you make a purchase, I make a small percentage from it! I encourage you to shop around for the best prices - I've purchased much of my gear used from eBay and Kijiji.
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