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What Video and Camera Equipment do I use for Filming?

by Timothy West on October 30, 2015


I had a lovely email from Elaine in France come in today and she was asking what equipment I use for the filming of Namaste Yoga with my lovely bride Melissa. So I thought I would do a quick review of what we use, why we use it and what I might add or change in the near future. First I will say that I am what you might call a guerrilla videographer. Melissa and I were really clear at the beginning of filming Namaste Yoga years ago, that the filming would be a one shot no retakes filming experience. We both were busy and didn’t want the filming to be an added burden, so no multiple cameras, no big lights, no crew, just Melissa, a yoga mat, me, a camera, mic and tripod.

Currently for filming I use a Sony NEX VG 20 with a 16-200MM Lens.
If you’re in Toronto, do visit:  www.gandgelectronics.com and say hi to Gary and Gerry 🙂
I find the lens is manual for zoom, (which means cuts, which is probably more professional anyway) but it does have an important piece of the puzzle which is a Microphone 1/8″ input. This means I can plugin in a Microphone directly and don’t need the expense of a separate recorder.

Next I use a Sennheiser EW100 mic pack transmitter for Melissa and Receiver for the Camera which sits nicely on top of the camera

I use a Beachtek DXA-2S for an input, it’s not absolutely necessary but if you need to plugin pro XLR input mics, it has two, also if you’re recording two people at once you can record them to two channels easily with this unit.

Tripod I bought recently a Weifeng WF-717

Headphones I use a pair of over the ear Sony Noise Cancelling HeadphonesMDR-NC60

The mic we use is a cheap import which I usually purchase in twos or threes. I’ve had the same one for about 3 years and it’s still going strong 🙂 Here’s a link

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