Our Equipment

UPDATED ON MAY 14 2015.

Many people who look at our films asks us about our equipment. Our equipment has not been easy to buy, since the beginning when I started my studio, I decided to save and invest in good hardware. The truth is that you do not require "L" series lenses and 5Ds MKIII to do a better job, but it helps making ours easier. 

My philosophy is that one must always be aware on how could you improve your productions. I sometimes was in the situation where I wanted to do a certain shot, but I did not have the proper lens. I do not let my hardware limit me, but it is also important to have the necessary tools to achieve your goals. A carpenter can tell you he doesn't need a sawing machine to cut through a piece of wood because he has his saw. But time, especially in our documentary area, is very scarce and the opportunities and moments happen once. Therefore, it is important for us to have the tools to help us do our job easier, not because there aren't other means.

Here is a list of the things we use in our productions:

 

Cameras:

Canon C100 with Dual Pixel

Canon C100 MK II

Canon XC-10 4k

 

Optics:

Canon 85mm 1.8

Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L

Canon 135mm 2.0L

Canon 50mm 1.2L

Sigma 50mm F 1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art Lens 

 

Lights:

Arri Fresnel 150 Three-Light Kit

Lowel DV Pro 

Dimmers

 

Audio:

H4N Zoom Recorder

Tram Wireless Lavalier

H2N Zoom Recorder

Roland R05 Wireless Recorder

 

Stabilizers & Dollys:

Manfrotto 562b Monopods

Glidecam Steadycam HD4000 W/X10 Vest and Arms

Cinevate Duzi 3 Slider

Manfrotto XPRO Series Tripod

 

Drones:

DJI Inspire 1

 

Now if you ask me... On what should I begin to invest?

 

The answer is easy:

Optics

Audio

Lights

I see many videographers use LEDs, they are very practical and economical in some way, but are visually horrible. The light emitted from my point of view, is very poor and nothing cozy. Doesn't feel natural. Besides, it is very difficult to be making a good white balance when shooting. Of course this gets worse if you use on camera lightning. It flattens the image. There is nothing better than using light to your advantage to have the basic three. Your fill, your key and your backlight. I cant always use all three, most weddings we don't have the time, but at least I make sure I have at least 1 or 2 to be able to pop my footage. Incandescents are hot, heavy and bulky and the lamp pops every three or four weddings but trust me, there is no light more beautiful to work with, of course except... the sun.

I hope this serves as a guide and solve your doubts and if you care more about addressing a specific topic, we welcome your questions to:

lalo@lalovargasfilms.com

A big hug to everyone!