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The YouTube Camera Gear of Professionals

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YouTube is home to some amazing creators that create breathtaking videos day-in and day-out. The level of quality achieved on this platform continues to grow every day and it makes me wonder all the time – what camera gear are some of these top YouTubers bringing along?

If you’re like me and you’re a videographer or photographer – we love to obsess over camera gear and camera equipment. Yeah, having the best gear doesn’t make you the best content creator, but it can make a hell of a difference. Whenever I see filmmakers producing high-quality content, I’m always curious as to what they are using to achieve the shot or the image. The final product is great, but I want to see the process.

I’ve been following several great YouTube filmmakers over the years and I curated a list of videos where they showcase the photography and videography gear they carry for either their YouTube videos or their Instagram photos. Note that I’ve left out some of the standard items that every content creator and filmmaker would carry such as standard cables, chargers, and batteries. Here are some “what’s in my camera bag” gear videos from my favorite YouTube filmmaking channels:

1. Ben Brown

Ben Brown is a talented filmmaker who resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He often travels the world documenting his journey with high quality vlogs. In addition to his travel vlogs, he has his “Visual Vibes” YouTube series which is usually a short travel film that he posts on his YouTube channel once in a while.

Ben’s camera gear is pretty advanced and you can tell that he has a variety of equipment to shoot his different types of videos. For his visual vibes series or higher end videos, he will use his Sony FS700, while his vlogs will be mainly on his Canon G7X.

Ben Brown’s YouTube camera gear includes:

  • Canon 5D
  • Canon 1DX
  • Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Mark ii
  • Nikkor 20mm old school lens
  • Carbon Fiber Manfrotto Tripod
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark ii
  • Canon 24mm f/1.4
  • Ben Brown’s Favorite Lens: 35mm f/1.4 ART
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Canon G7X vlogging camera + spare batteries
  • Sony FS700 + Shotgun Mic
  • LED Light mountable on all of Ben’s cameras
  • TOPO Bags
  • Make Your Mark Book
  • Portable Battery Charger
  • Metabones Adapter for Canon Lens on Sony Mount
  • GoPro Hero Session
  • Hard Drives
  • Wooden Travel Skateboard
  • Polaroid Camera
  • Flash for Canon
  • Joby Professional GorillaPod
  • Pelican Case
  • Zoom H5
  • DJI Inspiron Drone

2. Samuel Elkins

Samuel Elkins describes himself as a portrait and lifestyle photographer and his Instagram feed portrays that well. He has a following of 775k followers on Instagram and 84k subscribers on YouTube, but his content is amazing all-around. Samuel doesn’t post as much on YouTube, but his videos mainly consists of travel vlogs and a couple filmmaking videos.

Samuel Elkins’ YouTube camera gear includes:

  • Canon 1DX Mark ii
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Canon 16-35 f/2.8 Version 3
  • DJI Ronin M
  • Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mark ii
  • Canon 24mm f/1.4 Mark ii
  • Lacie 4TB Rugged Hard Drive
  • Canon G7X Mark ii
  • Manfrotto Pixi Tripod
  • Contax T2 Film Camera
  • Peak Design Pouches
  • Surge Protector Power Bar
  • Anker Portable Battery Pack 20 000 MaH
  • Hotshoe DSLR Mount for Video
  • Micro USB + Lightning Cables
  • Bose QC 35 Headphones
  • Peak Design Camera Strap
  • 15 Inch Macbook Pro
  • LowePro Pro Tactic 450AW

3. Christian Mate Grab

Christian is a german based photographer and videographer that finds the perfect balance between filmmaking videos and vlogging. He answers all the right questions when it comes to producing high quality videos with a lower budget.

Christian Mate Grab is a perfect example of a talented filmmaker who doesn’t have the absolute best gear, but he has the right gear to produce everything he needs at an incredible quality. I personally shoot with the Sony A6500 cropped series and have learned a lot through Christian’s channel.

If you’re into outdoor photography and shots from the wilderness, be sure to check out his Instagram feed as well.

Christian Mate Grab’s YouTube camera gear includes:

  • Sony A6300 + Kit Lens
  • Sigma 30mm f/1.4
  • SHURE Mobile Microphone
  • AmazonBasics Carrying Case
  • Anker 20 000 MaH Power Bank
  • PolarPro Mavic ND Filters
  • GoPro batteries and Sony Batteries
  • DJI Mavic + Carrying Case
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch
  • Sony A7S ii
  • Mantona Camera Bag

4. Robert Strok

I’ve talked about Robert Strok before in my recommendations of some of the best travel vloggers to follow on YouTube. This young man is extremely talented and posts great travel vlogs and travel photography.

Robert Strok’s YouTube camera gear includes:

  • Canon 1DX Mark ii
  • Sony A7S ii
  • Sigma 35mm Art f/1.4
  • Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
  • Fotodiox Adapter use Canon lens on Sony
  • Sony RX100 Mark 4
  • DJI Phantom 4 Professional
  • Mefoto Aluminum Tripod
  • GoDome + GoPro Hero 4
  • PilotFly H2+ Stabilizer
  • DJI Ronin M
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • Samsung SSD Hard Drive
  • Lacie Hard Drive
  • Macbook Pro 15 inch
  • Peak Design 30L Backpack
  • LowePro 450AW Tactic Pro
  • LowePro Drone Backpack
  • Joby Gorilla Pod Pro
  • Pelican Case for SD Card
  • Mophie Battery packs
  • USB Wall Charger Hub
  • Topo Accessory Bag

5. Rory Kramer

Rory Kramer is the man behind the music videos of several hit artists such as the Chainsmokers and Justin Bieber. His fearless mentality and positive outlook on life is entertaining to watch and very inspiring. He recently just came out with an MTV series called Dare to Live and I would recommend you check it out!

Rory Kramer’s YouTube camera gear includes:

  • HEX DSLR Backpack
  • Sony A7s
  • Metabones Speedbooster Adapter
  • Tokina 16-28mm
  • Canon 24-105mm
  • Canon 24mm f/1.4
  • Canon 50mm
  • Canon 15mm Fisheye
  • Fujifilm Polaroid
  • Lens Duster
  • Zoom Recorder
  • Video Light
  • DJI GoPro Gimbal
  • GoPro Hero 4 Black
  • GoPro Hero Session
  • GoPro Wrist Mount
  • 2 Lacie Thunderbolt Hard Drives
  • Card Readers
  • Macbook Pro + Samsung Galaxy Tablet
  • Glidecam HD-2000

6. Sawyer Hartman

Sawyer Hartman is a photographer, filmmaker, and travel vlogger that posts weekly videos on YouTube. His YouTube channel and Instagram is travel heavy and features his partner Angelique Cooper in most videos and photos.

Sawyer Hartman’s YouTube camera gear includes:

  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 70D
  • Canon 10-22mm
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Canon 85mm f/1.2 L
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L
  • GoPro Hero 4 Black
  • Sony RX 100 Mark IV
  • DJI Phantom 4
  • Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 L
  • ThinkTank Drone Backpack
  • Camera Filters
  • Grips + Joby Gorilla Pods
  • RED Camera

Final Thoughts

So what should you be carrying in YOUR camera bag?

Well, it depends.

It depends on what your style of filmmaking and photography is. It depends on your budget. It depends on many different things, so what one YouTuber might be carrying, might not be the right camera gear and equipment for you. So as much as it depends on your style of filmmaking, don’t let your filmmaking depend on the gear you have.

You can create great videos with just a smartphone. Focus on the storytelling and creating amazing content that both you and others will love and less about the camera gear side of it. Camera gear will improve as you begin to improve.

Have any suggestions on what camera gear you carry for your YouTube channel? Let me know down in the comments below, I’d love to hear any recommendations.