My Video gear –Which cameras and lenses I use to make Youtube videos


hi guys my name is Matti Sulanto and
in this video we’re gonna take a look at my video production equipment my lenses
cameras and microphones people ask me about those all the time and this is my
answer to those questions but before we go any further please consider
subscribing to my channel and hit the bell right there so you’ll get a
notification whenever I put up a new video and I usually do that on Tuesdays
and on Fridays and now we can start talking about the video gear the reason
like I said to make this is to answer all those people who asked me on the
regular basis which camera do you use which lens to use etc and the reason for
not making this before is that I don’t consider myself as a video shooter or
video maker in the first place I’m a photographer who makes YouTube videos
but I have made videos before I started this YouTube channel I made my first
video sometimes in the 1980s and I’ve made some corporate videos and other
stuff before I started making these YouTube videos so I know something about
video making but I don’t consider myself as a hardcore video shooter or an expert
on this subject and I want to start by talking about audio gear or the
microphones that I use because the audio is the most important in any video or
movie because if the audio sounds bad nobody will want to watch the picture
either no matter how gorgeous that looks and talking about bad audio in this
video you may from time to time hear some humming background noise and that’s
some construction related machine or motor that’s running out there on the
street and I’m sorry about that but I can’t do anything about it I have
a couple of different or three four different types of microphones and this
one though a small rod don’t remember the type I’ll put the name
here this is the road whatever it is the small inexpensive Rode microphone that
many vloggers use this mounts on top of the camera to the hot shoe and I use
this sometimes when I do vlogging style videos but not very often and there’s a
good reason for that I don’t do a lot of vlog style videos and even if I do
sometimes I don’t do the whole video holding my camera like this sometimes I
want to put my camera a bit further away and still be able to talk to the camera
or to you guys and that’s why I prefer these wireless systems because they keep
the audio quality and my sound constant throughout the video and I currently
have two wireless microphone systems that I used actively the one that I use
the most is the relatively new Saramonic Blink 500 system and this system has two
transmitters like this one and the receiver that’s on my camera right now
and I like this because it has two transmitters that can connect to one
receiver so if I happen to have a guest or if I’m making an interview or
something I can have a proper audio or proper microphone on both myself and my
guests and get good quality audio these transmitters have a built-in microphone
but I can also use a normal wired lavalier microphone like I’m doing right
now and connect it to the receiver this receiver is a bit too heavy to put on a
t-shirt or something so that’s why I’m wearing a lavalier microphone and a
small microphone right now and then I have another wireless system that I use
mostly outside and that’s the road wireless goal system it has a
transmitter and a receiver quite small ones very similar to the ceremony but
the road has one advantage over the ceremony this road also has a built-in
microphone and I can put this very little windscreen I believe it’s called
a red dead rat or deadmau5 or whatever I can put this
on the microphone and when I’m outside I don’t have to worry about wind noise
ruining my audio and when I’m outside filming all my own one-man band it’s
just one worry less if I don’t have to worry about the audio so much because
this pretty much eliminates all the wind noise in the audio and it’s just a
bummer if I come back after shooting like two or three hours and then realize
that some parts of the audio are not usable because of their wind noise so
this road wireless go is my preferred system when I’m filming outside and the
next up are the lenses which I think is the next most important depart in making
video my favorite lens here in my studio used to be the Lumix G 25 millimeter F1.7 it’s on my G90 right now and my favorite lens outside when I
was filming on my own all by myself without any help
used to be it’ll like on 8 to 18 millimeter and that’s on my G9 right
now but my current absolute favorite lens is the new like a 10 to 25
millimeter F1.7 which is on my camera right now filming this video I
absolutely love this lens and it’s replaced both the 25 millimeter and the
8 to 18 millimeter as my video lens that lens has so many great features for
video making it’s a great lens also for photography but I think it shines in
video and first of all it allows me to reframe my pictures very easily without
moving the camera or changing the lenses and it also offers reasonably fast if
1.7 aperture throughout the range and that makes it possible to get a
reasonably shallow depth of field if I need one
and of course it’s optically really really good
so I don’t really use many other lenses for video these days anymore it has
replaced the 25 millimeter and the 8 to 18 millimeter pretty much all together
sometimes I use a macro lens or some lens that I can get a little bit closer
if the 10 to 25 doesn’t get me close enough if I want to make a close-up of a
camera detail or something and the next up is the cameras of course but before I
go into that I want to mention one more audio accessory that I use and it’s the
Panasonic XLR1 audio accessory that mounts on the hot shoe of the camera it
gives me XLR inputs it has a better preamp than the camera and it’s also so
much more convenient to use especially when I’m adjusting the audio levels
because there are two parts on the side of the device and I don’t have to go
into the camera menu or use the camera controls to set up the audio levels it’s
a really great audio accessory it’s a bit pricey have to admit that and it’s
compatible only with the gh5, 5s and the new S series full-frame cameras and now
about the cameras my main camera that I use here in my studio is the gh5s
that’s running right there filming this video my original plan was to get the gh5 because it has a stabilizer but the guys at Panasonic suggested I first
tried the S model because of its excellent low-light capabilities so I
decided to give it a try but I was still pretty sure I will want to get GH5
eventually but after a while I realized that I don’t need a stabilizer in here
in my studio because the camera is on a tripod anyway all the time and when I
finally find out how great the image quality is I was really happy to have
the s actually and the gh5s is actually a little bit like too good a
video camera for me but it has some features that I
really really do appreciate and one such feature is that I can see the shutter
angle in degrees instead of shutter speed like one one fiftieth of a second
or something I see 180 degrees or whatever I choose
it to be and it doesn’t sound like a big deal but it is see I film normally at 25p like I do right now but I like to film my B rolls at 50P so
I can slow them down and the problem is that with the normal
camera like the g9 whenever I change the frame rate I have to remember to change
the shutter speed as well and the problem with me is that I forget the
change to shatter speed every now and then I film a few clips and then I
realized oh crap I had a wrong shutter speed and then I correct that and when I
switch back to the other frame rate I forget to switch the sitter speed and so
on so I get a lot of like not so good footage because of that but with the GH5s and I believe the same feature is also on the GH5 when I set the shutter
speed or the shutter angle 180 degrees for example it stays that way regardless
of the frame rate I choose if I choose 25P or if I choose 50P the shutter
angle stays at 180 degrees of course I have to compensate the difference in the
exposure by opening up the aperture or changing the ISO accordingly but my
shutter speed or settle angle stays the same as long as I change it and it also
has the Scopes so I can check the exposure much more accurately than I
could with zebra or with the histogram and then of course there’s the image
quality which is incredibly good I can crank up the ISO as much okay what
happened oh something killed my light but hey no it’s a good chance to find
out about the low-light capabilities of the GH5s so let me crank
up the ISO real quickly to about 6400 and it doesn’t look that bad what do you think
but now let me find out what went wrong with the light so we can continue in
some more pleasant light okay I admit nothing really happened I made that on
purpose I just wanted to a good excuse to show
you their excellent low-light capabilities of the Lumix gh5s yes the
other camera that I use on a regular basis for video too is that of course
the g9 and I use the g9 whenever I’m outside and I need handheld video
because this one has a very good stabilizer built in and I really think
this is also a very very good video camera it has no crop on 4k and it has
4k 50 and 60P so I can shoot slow-motion b-roll if I need to and the
image quality is also very very good although the high ISO capabilities are
not as great as on the th 5s but then again almost nothing is as good as the 5
s, GH5s I don’t use the 422 10 bit that’s on my GH5s because it’s too
heavy for my laptop and it’s just extra work and also the v-log profile I used
the cine like D picture photo style all the time because it requires almost
no like color grading or any post-processing work this video has only
some minor white balance adjustments and nothing else done in post regarding
color grading or something like that these days
everyone makes such a big deal of the V log profile and 10-bit and all that but
I think they are useful if you are making like real movies but if you are
like a youtuber one-man-band youtuber like me then streamlining your
workflow is some I think crucial and finding out the ways how to make the
footage look as good as possible straight out a camera I think it’s a
very good idea and then of course the lights to be honest I don’t have or I
don’t own a video light a proper video light the light that I have here is some
epic aperture light but it’s not mine it’s on loan from a very good friend
Peter Forsgård who’s an Olympus visionary and also youtuber if you don’t
know his channel please check the link down in the description peter was kind
enough to loan me this light because i had some problems with my own LED panels
they have such a loud fan that i can’t use them for video here in my very small
office but i think i soon have to rectify the situation and get a light
some kind of a video light and as a matter of fact if you have some very
good tips or ideas what kind of light to get please leave me a link or tip down
below and i wish i could have like a permanent the lighting setup here but
it’s not possible my office is so small that i can’t have any permanent setup
here every time i start filming i have to set it all up and when i’m finished
filming i have to take all the lights and cameras and tripods and light stands
down so i try to keep everything simple and streamlined at least for now so
that’s it my video gear video equipment for making these youtube videos thank
you so much for watching but before you go you may want to check out these
couple of videos that i chose for you guys thank you again so much for
watching and i’ll see you in the next one

27 thoughts on “My Video gear –Which cameras and lenses I use to make Youtube videos

  1. Thx for a interesting opinion for a vlogging gear, audio hints helps me to solve one ongoing problem.

    You asked about lights, if You need low budget, nice quality, easy set up light check Godox LED P260C or a small sister for it P120C. I also use Manfrotto Spectra when traveling, because of the size, durability and AA battery power.

  2. Good Budget, LEDs for video. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076K676S7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Secondly have you ever XLR adapter on the G9? I wonder what happens.

  3. I've long wondered why Panasonic doesn't lock the shutter speed to the twice the selected FPS on all models.

  4. Thanks! Wow — the GH5s at 6400 ISO really looks great for micro-four-thirds — the blacks really look black (through YouTube and on my TV). Definitely beats my G85!!! That 10-25mm Leica lens looks awesome — but it costs twice what I paid for my G85 kit! Can't afford that anytime soon! Yes — the shutter-angle vs. shutter-speed conversion gets me also — I understand shutter angle really well, but that does not mean that I remember to adjust the shutter speed when changing frame rates — as you said! Oh well — I make do with what I have — and I do have fun taking videos with converted vintage manual lenses as well — for static shots or b-roll. Often there are some great optical characteristics (i.e.: imperfections) that make the video look more "cinematic" — but I am thankful for the IBIS on the G85 when using manual lenses for hand-held b-roll!

  5. Hello, Matti, I knew you did that on purpose (the lights) lol. Because your voice was so calm. lol. Thank you for showing all these great gears. I am interested to check into 10-25mm F 1.7 lens.

  6. I bought this LED light,https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07LBMVGMP?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share , and it's terrific but I do need to buy a flash for my G9.

  7. Thank you very mutch! i got myself a pair of "Craphy PT-15B" and i'm very happy with them. there is a new model with a buildt in battery called SL-80A that i never tried. love the brandname. outputs just enough for youtube filmed inside. and they can come very handy to have in a pinch. good constuction for such a cheap light. very versatile. but sometimes not enough.

    my next purchase will be the "nanlite forza 60". had one for a interview (in a small room). bounced it off the wall. worked great. great colors, very bright (has a dimmed silence mode), portable and very tiny for its output. sure it works with umbrellas, too 🙂

  8. Hi, great video! I have a question, not related to video, but to travel photography. I have a trip coming up and I’m taking my G7, but have a hard time figuring out which lenses to take. I own the Pansonic 25mm f/1.7, 14-42 and 45-150, as well as the Oly 17mm f1.8. I’m traveling light and thought about just taking the 17 and the 25. I’ll be in a mostly urban environment and probably some indoors/night photography and both of them are my faster lenses. But the kit lenses will give me more reach if needed. Curious to see what everyone recommends! Thanks in advance!

  9. Hi, Matti! My name is Sean and I live in Atlanta. i have followed you for a couple of years now. I had an Olympus OMD EM1 (16mp) and sold it. I am deciding between the EMII MarkII OR the Lumix GX9. Can you tell me why the Lumix may be a better stills camera? I am open to either, but I cannot find anyone who can help me and you seem to be the expert I am seeking. Thanks!
    Sean

  10. Hi Matti, you mentioned lighting. I know that another really great M4/3 video blogger uses the Socialite lighting ring for his video work in the office. Maybe take a look, easy to find on the net and a nice compact concept.

  11. I wish I could try out the GH5s but I need more of a hybrid camera. Anyways check out Caleb’s video on a YouTube filming setup: https://youtu.be/WedG8LKO6ks
    Cheers

  12. Hi. Could you tell me if i can use a Canon flash on a Panasonic G9?. i would like to move from Canon to Panasonic but i have several Yongnuo Speedlite for canon and i would like to use it with the G9.

  13. loved your video editing , intro is so beautiful
    +
    do you recommand panasonic s1h for video making content or there is better option ?
    +
    thank you 🥰

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