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Expedition Lightweight Filmmaking Kit

  |   Adventure, Camping, Filmmaking, Travel, Water   |   1 Comment

As of tomorrow we’ll be spending 3 months on the road paddling the Grand Canyon and then hopping onto a bike pulling a fully loaded BOB trailer 2,500 miles along the Great Divide.  This is our honeymoon or megamoon as I like to call it. But whilst we are away one of our key objectives is to capture footage to tell a video story about our adventure.  With all that in mind I’ve thought a lot about lightweight filmmaking. I need to focus on carrying minimal amounts of gear whilst still capturing varied, unusual and often handheld shots that don’t compromise too much on quality.  This will most definitely be one occasion for leaving my Kessler KC-Lite 8ft crane at home no matter how much I love it.

What’s in my Kit?

Here’s a list of my final adventure expedition filmmaking kit and reasons why they made it into the bag;

  • Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera (awesome lightweight camera)
  • Panasonic Lumix GH2 camera (very good back up camera)
  • spare batteries for both the GH3 & GH2
  • H-F007014E 7mm – 14mm Ultra wide angle zoom lens,
  • H-H020 20mm pancake lens (my favourite all round lens)
  • H-VS014140E 14mm – 140mm super versatile lens,
  • H-FS014042E Standard 14mm-42mm zoom lens
  • Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fibre Tripod & video head (a must for timelapse shots)
  • Zacuto GH3 Z-Finder (excellent for 3 points of contact whilst filming handheld)
  • Zacuto Cold Shoe Handle (enables interesting handheld footage – not quite a steadicam but super light)
  • Rode Smart Lav Mic (a tiny gadget that creates nice sounds and plugs into my iphone)
  • iPhone 4S with Rode Rec App installed (full of numerous filmmaking Apps)
  • Mini ipad (for producing simple content on the go)
  • Hyperdrive Colorspace SD Card reading 1TB harddrive (no need for a laptop)
  • Lacie Rugged 1TB harddrive (good for storing essential backups and posting home)
  • Lacie Rugged 500GB harddrive
  • Hyperdrive USB on-the-go adapter (lets me sync between the hyperdrive and Lacie harddrives)
  • GoPro HERO 3 Black Edition (useful for both legs of the trip and particularly great when around water)
  • GoPro HERO 2
  • GoPro HERO 1 (something I’m happy putting in slightly dodgey set ups)
  • GoPro Chest Harness
  • GoPro pole,
  • GoPole head extension (to capture our gurning expressions as we run grade 10 rapids. We made a DIY version a while ago)
  • GoPro bar mount, (great for biking or attaching to an oar)
  • Selection of other GoPro mounts (for unusual angles when rafting and biking)
  • Selection of RAM mounts (for unusual GH3 bike angles),
  • Aquapac DSLR waterproof camera case (keeps my GH2 dry even when paddling through rapids)
  • Gorillapod SLR
  • Lens cloth and sensor cleaner
  • 7 class 10 SD cards (32GB)
  • Goal Zero Nomad Solar Panel (something to keep us in power supply the whole 3 months)
  • 2 Power Gorilla batteries by Power Traveller (lots of power storage)
  • Lost of cables and adapters to plugin a variety of gadgets to the Power Gorilla’s
  • Camera neck strap (useful for high quality POV shots)
  • Waterproof catty case (protects my most valuable gear whilst on the raft)
  • Ortleib handlebar bag (with a DIY sponge interior to carry the GH3 whilst cycling)
  • Selection of Exped waterproof bags
  • Lowe Pro camera bag
  • Notebook & pen


  • Jess | Jan 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Great post thank you. I spend a lot of time thinking of the balance between lightweight travel vs equipment needed to maintain professional looking shots. It helps to get perspective from other travel videographers.