Here at Bow Tie Media we have specific gear level requirements for our employees to be considered "on their own" when it comes to gear. Each of those requirements are listed below. Below that you will find some options that we use when it comes to these gear requirements.
- Full Frame DSLR
- 24-70 f/2.8
- 70-200 f/2.8
- Two flashes (with triggers and stands)
- Flash diffusor
- Enough batteries
- Enough memory card storage
- Adobe CC (Lightroom and Photoshop)
- Full Frame DSLR or Cinema Camera
- 24-70 f/2.8
- 70-200 f/2.8
- Glidecam HD-4000
- LED lights with stands
- Enough batteries
- Enough memory card storage
- Adobe CC (Premiere Pro)
We just recently acquired this amazing tool. Much like the Movi M5, this is a vital tool to get super stable footage. It makes getting stable shots extremely simple, and helps get the perfect shot the first time. It does come with some caveats. The biggest two being 1) It is battery powered, so you'll have to make sure you have plenty of batteries handy. 2) You're only able to set it down if you have the stands with you at all times. So be prepared to carry those around unless you plan on carrying it the whole time!
This is a vital tool if you're in a tough spot needing super stable footage. While this is an absolutely amazing tool it does come with some caveats. The biggest two being 1) It is battery powered, so you'll have to make sure you have plenty of batteries handy. 2) You're only able to set it down if you have the stands with you at all times. So be prepared to carry those around unless you plan on carrying it the whole time!
This is likely our most favorite tool in the arsenal. Though it does take some time to master, you can get beautifully smooth shots once you have it down. The biggest benefits of the Glidecam over the Movi is that it's significantly cheaper, you can set it down whenever you need a break and it doesn't run on batteries, so it'll last as long as you can!
You can never get away from the basics! This is a great all around tripod and can serve any need. We definitely reccomend to have at least one of these in your kit!
Canon C100 II Cinema Camera
The Canon C100 Mk II is the best camera we've used to date. It captures extremely flat footage (which is great in color correcting world) which makes it incredibly easy to get the look you're going for in post. It has multiple buttons throughout the body for quick access to key features, and the built in ND's are a necessity for outdoor shoot.
Canon C100 Cinema Camera
The Canon C100 is the predecessor to the C100 Mk II and delivers beautiful images as well. The key differences between the two are eyepiece which is of significantly higher quality in the Mk II and the ability to record 1080p at 60fps. With other small differences between the two they're still relatively the same camera, and both pack a pretty big punch.
The Canon 6D is primarily used as a backup camera, or side camera during multi angle shoots. When paired with the Cinestyle picture profile it can produce amazing results. The two biggest things this camera has over the C100 is that it can capture both photos and video and it can also record 60fps at 720p.
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
This one could definitely fall into a category of its own. This little guy is one of our favorite purchases to date. This allows you to get stunning shots from up high, and see things that you wouldn't normally be able to see. If you're a wedding videographer this will help you get those shots that will separate you from the others!
Canon 24-70 f/2.8
The Canon 24-70 is the best all around lens when it comes to video. You can use to get wide shots and at the same time use it for your close ups. It produces an amazing image and uses some of the best glass around. The only downside to this lens is the lack of internal IS (Image Stabilization) but otherwise it's amazing!
Rokinon 35, 50 & 85mm t/1.5 Kit
We just recently stumbled across this set on Amazon and had to pick-up a set of them. While Rokinon has the history of being a cheap lens manufacturer they've really come a long way in the past couple years. Their new Cine DS line of lenses really pack a punch and produce amazing image quality. The biggest caveat (to some) is that these are fully manual lenses. So you won't get any auto focus out of these guys. However, for us this isn't a deal breaker, and we couldn't be more happy!
Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
You can never go wrong with a 70-200! We decided to pickup the Tamron over the Canon for two reasons. 1) It was cheaper, which with Tamron does not mean low quality. 2) They had just released their new version which had a completely new design and introduced some new lens elements. All-in-all we love this lens and wouldn't trade it for anything!
Canon 24-105 f/4.0
The Canon 24-105 is a great all around lens. With this one lens, you can get both wide shots as well as close-up zoom shots. It also has built in Image Stabilization, which helps a ton when going handheld. The only downside to this lens is that it is not very good in low light conditions. So while this lens is amazing while shooting outside during the day, it's not so good in dimmly lit rooms.
Zoom H5 Audio Recorder
Our primary use for the Zoom H5 is to capture audio during wedding ceremonies. It can either be plugged straight into an audio board at a ceremony if available, or just plug a lav mic into it and stick it in the groom's suit jacket. It produces crystal clear audio and make capturing ceremony vocals a breeze.
Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Mic
We use this mic for all of our single person interviews. It's a high quality directional mic, and provides amazing quality for whatever you're capturing. We've been using the mic for a couple of years now and absolutely love it!
PNY 256GB SD Card
Who needs multiple cards to carry around when you can just have one huge card? Yes we realize this comes with tremendous risk, but it's also so nice not to have to wonder which footage is on what card. We've never had this brand of card crap out on us, so we definitely highly reccomend them.
Seagate 8TB External HD
You can never have enough storage. You can also never have enough peace of mind knowing that your content is backed up. We have this heavy hitter as the main backup for all of our shooter's wedding and business content. This way if a drive ever goes missing or gets damaged, we always have the content on another drive.
Western Digital 1TB External HD
Over the years external hard drives have began to drop in price. This is a benefit to us and our team, as it allows us to give each one of our shooters their own drive. This way they don't have to worry about storing their content solely on their computers, and can use the drive as a backup. Likewise, they can then take that drive and back it up to our master drive. Backups on backups are never a bad thing!
Genaray Spectro LED
We have had these LED lights for quite some time now. While they may not be the best brand out there, they are pretty affordable for what you're getting. The downside with LED lights and lights in general is that there are A LOT of brands to choose from, so choose carefully! If you're looking to pick up a kit, then these have served us well!
Small LED Video Lights
These lights are small and cheap, but they pack a punch when you need them! Many different companies make them, and over the years they've gotten better in quality. For the price however, you can't beat what they give you. We highly reccomed having a couple of these in your bag whenever you need a little extra light on set.
Yongnuo YN560 IV
We use these bad boys on all of our photography shoots. They're SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than name brand, but still pack the same punch and have many of the same features. They have wireless flash modes built in, and with the addition of the Yongnuo Flash Trigger you can control the output of each individual flash you have setup from anywhere in the room!
Neewer External Monitor
We just recently got one of these external monitors, and boy do they help a lot! Especially when using our Movi or Ronin, it helps so much to have a larger screen to reference off of. Many times it makes life a lot easier when you have something to reference off of rather than a small 3" screen!
OTHER APPROVED GEAR
While we don't own every piece of gear, we like to stay in the know and always learn what the current gear is on the market. Below is a list of items that, while we don't own them, we wouldn't mind having them in our gear bag if the opportunity ever arose! This is just a very few of what we would like to have. If you have any questions regarding gear and our take on it you can email us here!