I’ve been using this CaseLogic SLRC-206 backpack for around 3 years now and to the day it’s still my favourite backpack for my DSLR camera and equipment.
The bag has held up really well, even with a lot of international travel over the years which I think is a testament to the good design of it.
What I love about this bag is that it does feel relatively compact as you can see on the video when I put it on, but it also stores a tonne of gear, including 2 camera bodies (or one dslr and a video camera), multiple lenses, audio gear, tripod and a laptop.
I’ve been using the Electro Voice RE50B for quite some time now, about 4 years I think. Since then it’s been used a lot and still is standing strong. This thing is tough!
If you’re looking for a reporters/handheld microphone for interviews, I really can’t recommend this microphone enough. I really love the sound that it produces. In the video above you can hear the difference from my $600 Sennheiser G3 Lav to the Electro Voice, it really is a smoother sound.
Voice over microphones are super important for production, as a lot of the time, the majority of your vocals will actually be VO. I’ve used a number of different VO mics, including the Rode Podcaster (which I wasn’t super impressed with), but I’ve got to say that the Audio Technica AT2020USB mic is the best Ive come across.
The Mic is really well built, it’s got a really good amount of weight to it and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to break any time soon.
One of the best things about this mic (other than it’s fantastic sound) is the ease of use when setting it up. I literally just plugged it into my macbook and it worked, as simple as that. It really is a lot easier than dealing with XLR cables and mixers when you want a quick and easy set up.
I’ve been using Hot Shoe Extension bars for a while now, because they’re amazing! They give you the ability to add a lot more things to you camera, which can really come in handy often when you’re using your dslr.
These cheap extension bars allow you to add pretty much whatever you want to the top of your dslr. For instance you could add a shotgun mic, flash, led video light, external audio recorder or even a wireless mic set.