Equipment & Resources for YouTube, Blogging, Podcasting

Using outdated or inefficient equipment is a hassle- BOTTOM-LINE. As a content creator (or simply someone who just wants to create), you should be using equipment that inspires you. I don’t believe that you have to use the very best or most expensive equipment, but you should be using tools, devices, applications, and software that help you articulate your vision, and that help you quickly produce the type of content that you want to create.

If I were to give you a word of advice as a creator, I’d say, “we should be working smarter, not harder.” Sometimes upgrading your equipment will allow you to work quicker and more efficiently just by adding (or taking away) different pieces from your kit.

This is my collection of video/audio equipment & blogging resources that I use and recommend. They are affiliate links so if you decide to purchase anything on this page you’ll be supporting my site, tiffbenson.com. Don’t hesitate to message me if you have any questions about my equipment.

CAMERAS


Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera (currently using)- My current favorite camera. I love, love, love it! Very intuitive and perfect for serious camera enthusiasts.


Canon Digital SLR Camera [EOS 80D] (currently using) – Great camera for vlogging and photography.


Canon EOS Rebel T3i – Entry level DSLR camera that’s very affordable.


Canon [G7 X Mark II] (currently using) – This is a great camera for vlogging, and traveling on the go. Super light-weight and very affordable producing great quality photos and video.


iPhone XS (currently using) – When all else fails, there is nothing like being able to take amazing photos and videos on your iPhone. If you can’t afford a full kit of camera equipment, I highly recommend using your phone to capture high quality photos and video.


LENSES


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens (currently using) – My go to lens to shoot with. I love this lens because it has creamy bookeh and an editorial look.


Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens – This is a great entry level + affordable lens to shoot with.


Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Beautiful lens with a low aperture at a very affordable price.


Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 (currently using) – My favorite lens to use when I need a bit more focal range in my photography and video.


Audio + Microphones


Sennheiser MKE600 Camcorder Shotgun Microphone – Entry level mic that’s great for vlogging on the go.


Rode NTG3B Shotgun Microphone (currently using) – If you want crisp and clear audio, you need this!


zoom mic

Zoom H4N PRO Digital Recorder (currently using) – One on the best digital sound recorders on the market.


Lighting


Aputure Light Dome II Softbox Diffuser – The best soft focus diffuser on the market.


Aputure 120D Mark ii  – My favorite lighting for youtube video. Silent and effective.


Light Cloth Soft Boxes – Soft light that’s super affordable.


Computer


Mac Book Pro – My baby. I love this laptop so much that honestly I’ve stopped using my desktop.


Mac Desktop – The most powerful desktop computer for processing video. I love it!


Accessories


Zoom Mic Clamp – You need this mount if use a zoom recorder to capture sound.



Tripod – I love this tripod. It’s pretty light weight and comes in handy when I’m using it for video or photography.


Light stands – Great, & sturdy + affordable.


Mic Stand – Great, & sturdy + affordable.


Gorilla Pod – Great, & sturdy + affordable. Awesome for on the go vlogging.


Photo + Video Editing


Final Cut Pro – This is the only software I edit video with. (intermediate)


Lightroom – Powerful tool to edit photos. (intermediate)


Photoshop – Powerful tool to edit photos. (advanced)


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