What do I use to shoot photos and videos?

My "Memory Creator" Kit

"Monique, why do you have a reason for everything?"

This statement came across quite often in daily conversations. As an INTJ, I am a natural thinker. Before any decision is made, my logical brain needs to generate enough reasoning to support the conclusion.

Of course I am not always right. But the reasons / analysis give me a sense of authority when I pull our my card or click that buy button..... Camera gears aren't cheap..

I am no where near being professional. In fact, I don't even consider myself an amateur. Taking photos and videos are simply for fun. And it allows me to create something to share. 

I don't like upgrading or changing gears so often. Technologies innovate too fast for me to catch up every step. (Maybe I'm just not geek enough?) Also, getting rid of the old gears is a huge hassle - I hate selling things, especially the meeting strangers and bargaining part of it.

So I did what works best for my personality. I would get something decently nice at the time being and hold on to it for a few years. Usually the top tier products from one year can last for a few rounds of upgrades until I can't stand it anymore..

Camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Frame DSLR Camera

I feel old every time mentioning 5D Mark II. Kids these days call it "vintage"..

It was my first camera in 2012. At that time, the Mark II was in the top tier line up of Canon full-frame DSLR, just below 1D.

Back then, I was in school for movie visual effects. Sometime, I needed to shoot footage myself to create my own one-of-a-kind explosion of downtown Vancouver. So I went on the search for a camera that allows me to shoot both photos and videos, and that is good enough so I didn't have to change it too soon --- I still haven't change it since... But I may very soon..

Accessories

All-In-One Camera Travel Bag

The one thing that fits all my "memory creator" kit: DSLR, lenses, drone, and accessories.

Lens

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens

Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L Lens

If you know me for a while, it's not a surprise that I always want the best... To pair my Canon, I bought the 3 prime zoom lenses: 16-35mm; 24-70mm; and 70-20mm.

The wide angle 16-35mm is good for real estate and landscape. See how I make a RV looks more spacious than it actually is.

24-70mm is the most versatile lens every camera owner will tell you... Unfortunately I do fall basic on this one.. It gives you enough range to shoot both wide and and far. And F2.8 allow you the depth to highlight the focused object.

After a few years of photographing, I only touched the "white tube" no more than 5 times... It's a fantastic lens but I just didn't create enough opportunity to bring it out.... Although a hard decision, I let go of the 70-200 to someone that would actually put it into use..

Action

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

Again, an old buy from when HERO3 was the top version.

Soon to be upgraded to HERO 7 Black.

This is for the outdoor action shots. Mostly mounted on the outside of my cars using a suction cup mount.

Drone

DJI Mavic Pro (Fly More Combo)

When ground shooting is simply not enough to present the whole landscape... I'd like to view the world from bird's eyes.

Gimbal

Zhiyun Smooth Q 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for Phone

DJI Ronin-S Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

After the Alberta trip, while going through footages and putting together my travel video, I officially could not stand my shaky hands/legs... I need gimbal stabilizers for both my DSLR and my phone.

After watching and reading countless reviews and comparisons, I decided to go with Zhiyun Smooth Q for its hardware advantage (more smooth and wider rotation range) and DJI Ronin-S (weight capacity for Canon 5D2 and joint angle).