Today we have something a little different from our usual content. We've again teamed up with Julian Wakefield of Teralon Media to put various bits of kit through its paces in tough, real-life shoot in Ethiopia and Kenya.
For his 'A' camera, Julian used the Sony FS5 MK II, paired with the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and the Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9. This is a killer combination, for a high performing but lightweight setup for your 'A' camera. The MK lenses are both really light (as is the FS5 MK II of course) making them perfect for this shoot, which was always on the move, so all the kit needed to be as lightweight and compact as possible, so that it could be taken everywhere the crew went. On several occasions, Julian shot handheld outside of a moving vehicle, so having a camera system which was ergonomic and lightweight like the FS5 II was essential. Next, on the list is the Ronin S. Julian used this with the A7s II and found that it worked wonders. The shots that the Ronin S allowed the crew to get whilst driving along on very rough terrain was great, and being one handed and compact really helped out in the tight, compact spaces that come with shooting out of a vehicle. Other larger two-handed gimbals just simply wouldn't have worked on such a run and gun shoot. The long battery life on the Ronin S was a huge benefit for this shoot, as the crew didn't need to carry around any extra batteries, and were able to keep their bags that little bit lighter (not to mention not having to worry about swapping the battery out mid-shoot). Julian found that the gimbal was great at keeping its horizon, and was really easy to adjust the settings through the Ronin App.
When not hanging out of moving cars, and opting for a much more stable and static shot, Julian was using the GH06 with Carbon Fibre legs, which happens to be one of our favourite tripods around. There is an aluminium version of this tripod, which is slightly cheaper but also weighs that bit more. Either version of the legs are very robust, and allow you to get really low to the ground, and adjust the angle of each leg independently, making them good for use on uneven terrain.
Gear used in this video