Guides: Equipment

At Aviation in Action we love to help and guide anyone and everyone to take photographs and videos to show aviation at its best!

So in this section we want to help by showing you the equipment we use to get that perfect shot! From entry level to professional grade there is something for everyone.

Live Streaming & Videos

Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder

Camera: Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder

The Z+AG-CX350 is a Fantastic camera, I persoanlly believe the Panasonic wins hands down on so many levels, The choice of codecs, the live streaming capabilty, It looks the part,feels the part and produces some amazing footage. 

Powerbank: POWEROAK Portable Power Station

POWEROAK – The Portable Power Station 500Wh AC50S Solar Generator Portable Camping Power Pack come with  a Wireless Charging LED. It allows us to bring over 7 hours of continuous live streams to our viewers.

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Blue Microphones Yeti

Microphones: Blue Microphones Yeti Professional USB

The Blue Microphone Yeti is perfect for our Streaming, the sound quality is amazing allowing our viewers the sound quality they deserve. The Blue Yeti is also good for Podcasting, Broadcasting, Gaming, VOICE overs, and More.

Rode NTG 2

Microphone: RODE NTG2 SHORT SHOTGUN MICROPHONE

The RØDE NTG2 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, Its designed for the  professional camera within the film, video, television and production . Its full frequency response, low noise and audio transparency make it an ideal film, video, and voice over microphone. We use this Microphone for videos only, not livestreams and the quality has never let us down.

Stream Deck Elgato

Stream Deck: Stream Deck Elgeto

I’m sure there’s is loads of things you can do with this, but the Stream Deck certainly provides a lot of great utilitys to your streams. I use it to turn on/off the live streams,  and switch scenes seamlessly without having touch the keyboard. 
Elgato offer  larger versions but this little gem certainly helps with what we use it for.

Elgato Cam link 4k

CamLink 4k : Elgato Cam Link 4K

The Cam Link 4K, easily connects your DSLR, camcorder or action cam to your PC or Mac and use it as a webcam in your favourite apps. Superb quality at 1080p 60 or even up to 4K at 30 frames per second keeps your stream professional. Without the Cam Link 4k we wouldnt be able to bring high quality streams to our viewers.

4k HDMI Cable

HDMI Cable: 4K HDMI Cable 

To make everything work we use 4K HDMI Cable 2M HDMI Lead-Snowkids Ultra High Speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 Cable 4K@60Hz Compatible Fire TV, 3D Support, Ethernet Function, Video 4K UHD 2160p.

Feel World  T7

Field Monitor: Feelworld T7 7 Inch On Camera   Monitor 

The Feelworld T7 7 Inch On Camera DSLR Field Monitor with HD Focus allows me to keep focused on the subject without having to use the on camera screen. Its connected with HDMI cables and the picture quality is brilliant.

Tower Extension

Power Tower: Tower Extension with 8 Outlets 

The main issue is power when on location. With power banks you need a good reliable Tower Extension Lead. This item comes with 8 Outlets and  5 USB Power Strip Tower with Surge Protected Multi Gang Switched Charging Station 

Tough 128GB Memory Card

Memory Cards: Tough 128GB Memory Card

You need a really good memory card to save the video footage. I was recomended these cards and they have never let me down.

Small Rig

Small Rig Arm: SMALLRIG Magic Arm

The SMALLRIG Magic Arm 5.5 Inches Flexible Articulating Arm with 1/4 Thread for Monitor EVF Video Camera Rig-2065t allows me to connect the external monitor to the main frame of my tripod.

Cayer Tripod

Tripod: CAYER Video Tripod  72 inch- Professional 

The CAYER Video Tripod System, BV30L 72 inch- Professional Heavy Duty Aluminum Twin Tube Tripod. This Tripod is very sterdy and has a smooth tripod head allowing for our viewers to enjoy smooth footage.

Dell Laptop

Laptop: Dell G3 15 3000 15.6 Inch FHD Gaming Laptop 

To Help run our software ( StreamLabs) we needed a Laptop that could run very fast. we chose the  Dell G3 15 3000 15.6 Inch FHD Gaming Laptop (Black) Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5

Lowepro BP 250 AW II

Camera Bag : Lowepro BP 250 AW II

This Camera bag allows your photography and video adventure to begin with the next generation of the Photo Hatchback. This lightweight, flexible and sporty daypack strikes the ideal balance of carrying photo gear along with your other essentials including scanner, spare batterys and memory cards.

Photography

Camera : Canon EOS 2000D DSLR Camera

This a good ‘entry level’ camera for budding photographers who want to enter the DSLR age. With over 20 megapixels and boasted to be good in low light conditions its perfect for the photograher who has just started out.

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Canon telephoto lens EF 75-300mm

Lens : Canon telephoto lens EF 75-300mm F4.0-5.6 III for EOS

One of the smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lenses in its class, the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM is ideal for photographers who are working to a budget. Great for sports, nature and portraits.

Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM Lens for Camera, Black/White

Lens :

Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM Lens for Camera

A versatile telephoto zoom lens, ideal for sport, wildlife and aviation photography. The focusing Distance of 3.2 feet / 0.98 meters with Rotation Type zoom system.  Shoot with shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal, using a three-mode Image Stabiliser which is absolutely brilliant for aviation. The zoom Touch Adjustment ring allows the resistance of the zoom control to be customised to your style of shooting

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, White -

Lens : Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

The lens is Highly Resistant to Dust and Water, and Improved Durability Even in Harsh Condition. The Lens has a Constant f 2.8 Maximum Aperture throughout Entire Zoom Range, The Optical Image Stabilization at up to 3.5 Stops of Shake Correction making it perfect for aviation photography 

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Camera Case 20.9MP CMOS 5472x3648 pixels Black - Digital Cameras (20.9MP, 5472x3648 pixels, CMOS, Full HD, 820g, Black)

    Camera : Canon EOS 7D Mark II Camera Case 20.9MP 

    The Canon EOS 7D Mark II Camera is perfect for the aviation photographer and sits nicely in the average persons budget. The 7D II has a whopping  Megapixels: 20.9MP and CMOS sensor.

    Canon EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, Black

     

    Lens : Canon EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, Black

    A small lens but brilliant for the aviation photographer with Shoot pin-sharp images with a four-stop Image Stabiliser plus the autofocus quickly and accurately, even on fast-moving subjects

    Nikon D500 Body Single-Lens Reflex Digital Camera-Black

    Camera : Nikon D500 Body Single-Lens Reflex Digital 

    Equipped with the same AF system as the D5, Nikon’s FX-format flagship, the D500 lets you focus with precision, even in near darkness. With 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors, this phenomenal AF system offers unprecedented coverage, A must for the aviation photographer.

    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70 - 200 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

    Lens :Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70 – 200 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 

    Nikon’s 70-200 f/2.8 lens has been the benchmark for fast telephoto zoom lenses, unrivaled for low-light, sports, wildlife, concerts, weddings, portraits and everyday shooting. This new version takes that legendary performance to the next level with the same jaw-dropping image quality that has made it a prized lens of pros and serious hobbyists alike

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    Battery Grip :Nikon MB-D17 Battery Grip Multi-Function

    When I was looking for a portrait battery grip for my D7200 (backup camera), I went with a cheaper, after-market model. It has been okay, but never really felt right compared to the camera.

    500mm

    Lens :Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

    Sports. Wildlife. Nature. This fast-focusing super-telephoto lens perfectly balances size and performance. Feel the freedom of 500 mm of reach, a compact build, and outstanding image quality.

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    Lens :Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens

    The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens is the first F-mount NIKKOR to be equipped with a Phase Fresnel element, this high-performance prime lens offers the ultimate balance of compact build, telephoto reach, and superior image quality.

    Think Tank

    Camera Bag :THINK TANK Airport Accelerator Messenger Bag, 75 cm, Black (Negro)

    The think tank airport accelerator backpack accommodates two pro size dslrs, 6-8 standard zooms plus an ipad and up to a 17″ laptop. For the big glass enthusiasts, it will accommodate a 600 f/4 with body detached or a 500 f/4 with body attached.

    tripod

    Tripod :3 Legged Thing Winston 2.0 Carbon Fibre Rugged Tripod System (Earth Bronze)

    3 Legged Thing Winston 2.0 Carbon Fibre Rugged Tripod System (Earth Bronze)

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Micro Four Thirds System Camera, 20 Megapixel Sensor, 5-Axis Image Stabilisation, Powerful Autofocus, 4K Video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

    Camera : Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Micro Four Thirds System Camera, 20 Megapixel Sensor, 5-Axis Image Stabilisation, Powerful Autofocus, 4K Video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

    The E-M1 Mark III has everything you need to take stunning handheld photos and videos: a compact, lightweight design packed with pro-level functions. The intuitive Multi Selector joystick, 121-point cross-type autofocus, weatherproof sealing, evolved Face/Eye Detection AF there’s no limit to how far you can go. High-resolution image quality at all times and under all conditions make the E-M1 Mark III your agile tool for getting the breathtaking results you want.