This is the outfit I put together for doing interviews while traveling and working as a one-man band. I went with the GH5 because it has very nice colors, a decent codec, user friendly menus, and enough pre-sets. The 4/3 sensor presented the biggest challenge in getting shallow depth of field. I finally selected a Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 Leica M mount. This lens is very sharp wide open and is a 70mm full frame equivalent. I have the Voigtlander 42.5mm f.95 (85mm equivalent) but that lens keeps me too far away from my subject. I use that one on another body for second angle.
I do not use a variable ND filter, too many issues with those. I instead landed on Hoya ProND’s. They are hard to find in the US. I like them because they are consistent from filter to filter and are metalized coated both sides. No dies = no color shifts. They are truly neutral, plus, they are bulletproof. These are the first filters that I am satisfied with after 25 years working in imaging. My kit includes the ND8, ND16, & ND32.
I typically take a Sony A7S2 as well for the low light stuff. I am seriously thinking about adding the GH5S so I don’t have to lug two systems. I typically travel with two GH5’s and the Sony A7S2. Using the GH5S would get me down to two bodies and less lenses.
The assembled kit
I sometimes do two-up interviews and take along two wireless systems to accommodate that. The Mix-Pre6 is the latest addition to my kit and worth its very little weight in gold. I use a Fotga DP500 battery plate to supply power to the monitor and camera body. I tried using the USB power off the Fotga battery plate to power the Mix-Pre6, but it introduced electrical noise into the camera through the mixer. I remedied this by added an independent USB power source for the MixPre6.
When traveling I leave the expensive shotgun mic behind and take a Sennheiser MKE600 which I think is one of the best bargains for a shotgun. I take a short (67”) Koolertron Lightweight Boom Pole that fits in my carry-on.
The mount for the 2 wireless receivers is a piece of 1.5”x1.5” aluminum angle that I trimmed down to 1.5”x1” and drilled to match the cage hole pattern. I covered it with Gaffers tape.
Total cost of the kit altogether is approximately $13K.
- Lumix GH5 body
- Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 Leica M mount
- Fotodiox Pro lens mount adapter
- Hoya ProND: ND8, ND16, & ND32
- Movcam cage
- Video Devices PIX-E5 5” monitor
- Small Rig articulating arm
- Lectrosonics LR receivers
- Lectrosonics MM400B waterproof transmitters
- Voice technologies VT500 lavs & Countryman B6 lavs
- Sound Devices Mix-Pre6 mixer-recorder
- Miller DS20 tripod system
- Fotga DP500 V-mount battery plate
- Blueshape 100 V-mount batteries
- Ravpower USB power source
You can see Ken’s work at https://kenmartini.com/