Ever wonder what we use to bring you all of our adventure photos and videos while traveling as the Vegan Voyagers? Read on to see what equipment we are currently working with! We are always adding new equipment and items to our arsenal and will update this page once we’ve had a chance to test it out and provide some examples.
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If you follow our blog posts and social media, you can see that we are constantly taking photos while we are on our adventures. To make all of that magic come to life, we use quite an array of cameras, lenses, and accessories. Our main camera is currently the Nikon D3200 that Aaron purchased a few years ago shortly after he first moved to the San Juan Island in Washington. We’ve written up a full review detailing our pros and cons as well as some example shots we’ve taken with that camera here.
For our lenses, we switch between a Nikkor 18-55mm lens for our landscape shots, a Sigma 70-300mm lens for general and wildlife photography, and a Tamron 150-600mm lens for up close wildlife photography. We’ve put together some example shots that we’ve taken with each of those lenses and show the differences in size in our full post.
When we need to stabilize our shot even further or for night shots, we have a Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01 tripod with a pistol grip which is really easy to setup and tear down. We have a Polaroid intervalometer that we use for timing our photos and for night shots. We also both take photos on our iPhones which we use primarily for our social media accounts and as backup shots or for different angles and view points in case our main camera doesn’t capture what we are hoping for.
Most of our videos are being shot on a Sony DSC HX-80 camera and edited with Final Cut Pro X. For our audio, we are using a Rode Mini Mic which plugs into a Zoom H1 recorder. See our video “How to Hook up an External Microphone to the Sony DSC HX80” on how we have this setup. This current setup gives us a zoom capability, which we were severely lacking on our previous Go Pro devices. But the biggest drawback is that it does not have a built in external mic port. This is why we added on the Zoom H1 recorder so that we could still take advantage of an external mic and get the better audio. We also still use our Go Pro Hero 5 Black when we’re in the water or out on our kayaks.
For all of our aerial footage, we utilize our DJI Spark with the Fly-More combo. We love how small and compact the Spark is and how easy it is to learn how to fly. We have found that we have more needs than what the Spark can offer us and are looking at upgrading to something like the Mavic Pro 2 in the future.
Previous gear: Go Pro Hero 4 Silver
On all of our hikes, we each carry Camelbak inserts in both of our hiking backpacks. Hayden carries an actual Camelbak backpack with our snacks, first aid kit, and other miscellaneous items while Aaron carries the REI Half-dome backpack with all of our camera equipment. For our kayaks, we both have Pelican Trailblazer 100 kayaks that we picked up on a really good sale while we were in Arkansas and they are working out perfectly for us. They are a great combination of ruggedness and affordability. When we go out on our hiking adventures, Aaron wears the Keen Men’s H2 Rialto Hiking Sandal and Hayden wears the Keen Women’s H2 Newport Hiking Sandal when we are doing any sort of hikes that involve crossing water.
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