In this post I would like to give you more insights about my photography and video gear and accessories.
Sony a7 III / a7 IV
Since 2018 I’ve been using the Sony a7 III, a full-frame camera that has 24MP. The dynamic range and autofocus are pretty good on the a7 III. It also has human and animal eye AF, which I also find helpful.
In addition, the high ISO capabilities of the a7III have some benefits when doing Astrophotography. Occasionally, I also do short videos, and the camera offers full-pixel readout with no pixel binning for 4K video recording. Furthermore, the camera has 5-axis optical image stabilisation for both stills and videos. The weight of the camera is 650 grams.
I have sold my Sony a7 III in November 2021 to upgrade to the Sony a7 IV to get a bit more resolution, better video quality and faster autofocus combined with AI. Moreover, the flip screen is very useful in situations where I have to take pictures close to the gound and the anti-dust shutter keeps the sensor clean when changing lenses.
Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM
The Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM is a great versatile lens for astrophotography or general landscape photography and it generates a nice bokeh with a low aperture. It is also useful if you want show the area around the object or subject. It is also relatively light with a weight of 445 grams.
Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS
The Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM OSS is an excellent telephoto lens for travelling with a weight of 1.39 kg. It also has a nice bokeh on 400mm. The minimum focus distance of 0.98m also allows me to go very close to subjects to capture details.
3 Legged Thing ELLIE L-Bracket
As a landscape photographer, an L-Bracket is probably one of the most important accessories which I carry with me. It allows me to easily switch between the horizontal and vertical position of my camera on my tripod. This L-Bracket also allows easy access to the battery door and cable ports of my camera. With 95 grams the weight is also quite good and it also works with Peak Designs Capture Clip which I have not tested yet.
Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C
The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 is always with me when I go out on a longer trip. I usually keep my iPhone connected with it or also charge my USB-C devices such as headlamp with it. Of course, I also use it to charge my camera or my MacBook if there is no power source nearby. Initially, I have bought it to power my external audio recorder Sounddevices MixPre-3 II which I owned in the past.
The Aputure MC is my ambient and mini key light when I am travelling. It weights 130 grams and can be controlled with the Sidus Link app on my smartphone. I also found the color picker in the app quite interesting to adjust the light.
iPhone 12 Mini
I use the iPhone 12 Mini for quick snaps or to sync it with my Sony a7 IV for example when I want to use the iPhone as a remote control.
Lowepro GearUp Case Large
I carry most of my accessories such as chargers, hard drives, cables etc. in the the Lowepro GearUp Case Large. With 200 grams it is also quite light.
Lowepro GearUp Creator Box L II
I was looking for a bag that is lightweight and which I can use for different scenarios and found the Lowpro GearUp Creator Box L II.
It has space for my camera and two additional lenses. Moreover, there are 2 additional pockets where I can store smaller items. The bag allows me to carry it as it is or to place it within a backpack. The transparent front pocket also allows me to quickly see which accessories I carry with me. Compared to other bags I found that this is one of the best ways to save weight as a regular camera backpack easily weights 1 kg more than the Gear Up Creator Box L II which weighs just 204 grams.
To clean my lenses, I usually have a microfiber cloth with me. Most recently, I also purchased Pre-Moistened Eyeglass Cleaning Wipes from Zeiss which works quite well in combination with a microfiber cloth. They are quite nice to use when I am travelling.
Neewer 190cm Aluminium Stripod Stand
I use the Neewer 190cm Aluminium Tripod Stand to attach my Aputure COB 60x and Aputure MC.
Peak Design Leash
The Peak Design Leash is a minimalistic camera strap which I can easily attach and remove from the camera which I found important when shooting video on a tripod especially in my home studio.
I backup all my files to the QNAP TR-002. The QNAP TR-002 runs on RAID 0 with two 16TB hard drives.
Røde NT-USB Mini
I use the Røde NT-USB Mini to record Voice-Overs for my videos.
My Lightroom catalogue is located on my Macbook but all my pictures are saved on a 2 TB Samsung T7 SSD. The SSD is using USB 3.2 Gen 2 and has a sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s.
Selens Reflector / Diffuser
My foldable reflector / diffuser is useful when I want to reflect sunlight to an object or to diffuse harsh light.
SIRUI AM-254 Tripod
I am using the SIRUI AM-254 carbon tripod as I found that it offers the best compromise between portability and stability of the tripods which I have used before. The tripod makes a solid impression on me, and I also like that I can exchange the non-slip feet with spikes. Furthermore, since the tripod has no centre pole, I can also place the camera very low. The tripod is also relatively light as it weighs 1 kg but can carry up to 12 kg.
The SIRUI E-10 has separate control knobs for panning and locking and rugged metal knobs to operate it. Moreover, it has a bubble level for horizontal alignment. I also bought a SIRUI Quick Release plate TY-50E so I can attach my telephoto zoom lens quickly. The SIRUI E-10 ball head weighs 300 grams and can carry 8 kg.
Sony NPFZ100 Battery
I own 2 Sony NPFZ100 batteries. Each of the batteries weighs about 83 grams and I usually recharge them with my camera. A separate charger would be nice to have occasionally but usually, I have sufficient time to charge the batteries with my camera before I head out again with my camera.
When I take pictures while my camera is mounted on my tripod, I rely on the Sony Remote Commander to operate my Sony a7 III.
Moreover, I use it occasionally if I need to take pictures with the camera mounted on my tripod, e.g. astrophotography. Unfortunately, not all features of the Sony Remote Commander work with every setup, e.g. the zoom function works only with a camera or lens, which has a built-in electronic power zoom.
I prefer to take pictures with this remote control over taking pictures with the Sony ImagingEdge smartphone App as I don’t have to start up the app on my phone or have to wait that my smartphone connects with the camera. The buttons on the remote control work better when you are wearing gloves. There is also a LED on the remote control that indicates when you push the button on the remote control. The only downside of this remote control is that the maximum range is only 5 meters and that it can not be charged through USB-C as it uses a Lithium-ion battery. The weight of the remote control is only 35 grams.
Sony 80GB CFexpress Type-A TOUGH Memory Card
The main reason why I bought the Sony 80GB CFexpress Type-A TOUGH Memory Card is that I can use the new video format XAVC S-I 4k which does not work with my SDXC card.
Sony 64GB SDXC G Series Class 10 UHS-II
The Sony 64GB SDXC G Series Class 10 UHS-II is currently the best SD card in my photography kit. It is less expensive than Sony’s Tough SD card but comes with the same read and write speed. This memory card is advertised with features such as superior reliability and durability, X-ray proof, Waterproof, Temperature resistant, and shock-proof. It comes with the Video Speed Class V30 (30MB/sec) and should work in temperatures as low as -13C.
VSGO Sensor Cleaning Swab
I use VSGO Sensor Cleaning Swab to clean my camera sensor.
Adobe Lightroom Classic
My image management software is Adobe Lightroom. It offers me some advantages for postprocessing, such as mapping images with GPS data or using specific plugins to improve my workflow. I also like Adobe Sensei on the Lightroom App on my iPhone, which uses artificial intelligence to find pictures based on keywords which I find occasionally beneficial when searching for certain objects within my collection. Most recently Adobe has added an auto mask feature for sky and objects which I found quite useful too. And of course, I use the catalogue feature quite extensively.
I use Photoshop mainly to stack pictures using the auto-align and auto-blend features for landscape photography.
Carbon Copy Cloner
I use the Carbon Copy Cloner Software to run backups of my Samsung SSDs to my QNAP TR002.
Sony Imaging Edge App
I use the Sony Imaging Edge app on the iPhone, which allows me to control my camera wirelessly or sync the GPS signal to the camera. The app is also available as a Desktop version, but I have not used it much yet. I also like to get notified when there is a firmware update available. Moreover, I use the app to transfer pictures from my camera to my smartphone.