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What’s in my Bag: Vlog Edition

9/25/17

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Ever since we started video blogging, one of the biggest questions we’ve received is around the type of gear that we’re using to create video content. Today, we’re sharing a look inside of my camera bag and opening up about the equipment we use everyday to create content. I’ve always wanted to do one of these what’s in my bag posts and I hope you like it.

Ready for a peek into the vlog gear we’re using and loving!? Enjoy.

What's in my vlog bag: Video Blogging for Small Business Owners and Creative Entrepreneurs

Video Blog Gear:

Sony A6500: After photographing on Nikon D4s for years, switching to such a small camera (and a Sony) made me nervous. If you’re someone who equates the size of a camera with it’s ability, the Sonys will surprise you. For a first time vlogger, the Sony A6500 was a perfect fit and captures incredible video. The photo snob in me loves the idea of eventually upgrading to the A7, however the A6500 is downright amazing.

19mm Sigma f/2.8: On the cropped sensor of the A6500, you’ll need a super wide lens in order to master your selfie-style clips and the Sigma 19mm did the trick. Paired with my Manfrotto mini tripod and it’s just enough distance for me to fit within the frame.

Manfrotto mini tripod: Kent uses a few different extensions to hold his camera (depending on the content we’re creating), however I exclusively use my mini tripod. I need something compact that easily fits into my backpack that gives me just enough extension for capturing video selfie-style. It’s also easy to sneak onto a shelf for time lapses and other unobtrusive moments.

Rode micro on-camera mic: This little accessory is everyone’s favorite because it looks like a fluffy little hedgehog hanging out on the top of my camera. It improves sound quality immensely within a fixed range. We will eventually upgrade to lavalier microphones, however this is perfect for our needs right now.

DJI Mavic Pro: We researched drones for weeks before deciding to purchase the Mavic Pro. The incredible thing about this drone is the fact that it is small enough to fit into a backpack and is easy to travel with when we’re on the road. We’ve captured some amazing footage with this piece of equipment—including our trip to the river in Grass Valley back in June.


When we need a camera in a pinch, it’s not uncommon for us to film on our iPhones. I know it sounds crazy, however some of our best videos are the ones that we create on the fly with a phone when there is content that needs to be captured. A good example of this was the response I filmed (hand-held, forgive the shake!) after receiving an email from a college student who was discouraged from building a photography business. You can watch that video above.

If you would like to learn more, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and like my Facebook Page to see new video content added daily. I’m happy to answer any questions that you have along the way as well!

See the rest of my Camera Gear on Kit.com

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links and I would love if you decided to use them. Affiliate links + referrals programs help educators like me to fund the free content that we provide on our blogs. 

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  1. Jessica Fike

    September 25th, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! So very helpful as I continue my vlogging journey. 🙂 Any suggestions for a tripod that could also work inside a car?? Something that might work like your Manfrotto, but also be able to mount on a dash?? THANK YOU! 🙂

  2. Miranda

    October 4th, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you Natalie. Very helpful information. Appreciate all you do.

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