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March 13, 2015

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So, the video we posted is pretty much a basic guide to what we use for shooting our videos for YouTube and taking pictures for the site. To summarize: cameras don’t need to be high end, audio recording is important, but also not necessary to be high end, and lighting is important. That’s it. Oh: and don’t shoot pictures with your phone because more often than not you’ll rush it and take pictures that are both bad and excessive.

I didn’t want to get too technical in the video, because that might have been boring for our first tech-talk video ever, but I do know that Leigh is ultra passionate about the topic and could definitely go on for hours about camera gear and all that. She went to school for this stuff while we didn’t. However, if you saw from our Blogging Gear Guide, we have many more products listed there than mentioned in our video. Let me talk about them a bit more here, along with some extra points:

B-Cam

You might notice a discrepancy between our video and that list page. In the video I talk about the 550D, but you see the 60D listed as our main kit. This is true. We use the 60D more than the 550D, because the 60D has a rotating screen. But, umm, it’s not actually…our camera. It’s Leigh’s. She just lets us use it. We use the 550D as our B-cam because the rotating screen is ultra useful, so we find ourselves using that more than the other camera, though both work equally the same.

Tripods, Monopods, Gorilla Pods

We have three staples for steadying our shots: the one we use the most is our tripod. We got ours with carbon fiber legs, because they’re so much lighter than our older tripod, and when you’re out and about filming, we need to save our energy for having fun on camera, and not spend it all in lugging around heavy equipment. Carbon fiber for us is vital.

We also have a monopod that we use whenever we have a multicam video, like our Weird Korean Pizza video, or our Poppin Cookin Sushi Candy video. The monopod is able to give a natural kind of movement to the closeup shots, but it still gives whoever is shooting with the B-cam freedom to move around the room and get different angles.

Lastly, we have a Gorilla pod for areas in which we can’t fit our regular tripod. We shot a video in our kitchen recently (which should be going up for a WTF in a couple of weeks) and there was no way we could fit our tripod in there. The Gorilla pod was perfect for what we needed, and – I’d say – if you’re just shooting around your home and talking to the camera, I’d find it a lot more useful than a full-on tripod. You can also use it as a steadicam, kinda, if you push it against your chest, like – again – you’ll see in that WTF.

We had for a while a steadicam that we used for our iPhone, but – you know what? We stopped using it. Why? Because using Hyperlapse is better. Any walking shot now is shot on Hyperlapse, and then, instead of sped up, we bring it down to 1x. It has some awesome stabilization software in there, and it works better than anything else we’ve tried. Give it a shot yourself. And Hyperlapse is free! Booya!

Camera Lenses

We have only two lenses: a Canon 24-70 for closeups, and a Tokina 11-16 for wide angles. Both have a 2.8 aperture, which lets more light in and keeps us bright and pretty looking (ha!). That’s really all that we need, I think. We had a 50mm 1.8 a while ago, but we lost it. I blame Leigh, but she refuses to admit it was her. And though a 1.8 lens would make for prettier bokehs and all that, filming with a 1.8 is challenging if you move, because then you’ll not be in focus. 2.8 is challenging enough as is!

So, whenever we shoot something that’s multicam, it’s usually the monopod with the 24-70, and the tripod that’s up close to us with the wide angle lens. Other than that, I can’t really see what else we’d need any other lenses for, so we didn’t buy any more :D

And that’s it! If you have any questions, shoot em here and I’ll try my best to answer them. Or maybe Leigh might take a glance and answer some of the questions as well. We’ll see!

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  1. By Hyperlapse, do you mean the app by Instagram? Just tested it out with my iPhone 6S and the video seems very smooth, but the quality doesn’t seem quite as good as when I use the regular camera app… Not as crisp or clear. Any tips for using it?

    1 year ago
  2. Do you ever have problems flying Internationally with the microphone packs, batteries, and other equipment? Any tips on making that go smoothly? Thanks :)

    2 years ago
  3. Ah! You Canon traitors! I use my Nikon D3200 for all my photography when I’m not eng’g. And the audio is SURPRISINGLY good from what I’ve used it for :)

    http://www.Jaytoss.com

    3 years ago
  4. Hi! I was wondering when you go outside WANKING .. how do you do with the Mics? do you connect the Lavalier Mics together to the external recorder? or you have separate recorders… or straight to the camara and if so do you use a Y adaptor to connect both at the same time or .. how do you do it ? a million thanks!

    3 years ago
  5. Its interesting the different techniques and equipment that different vloggers use – listening to you guys and others like iisuperwomanii Lilly Singh talk about equipment is fascinating and Those of us who are considering this learn much.

    In the end though, it is your personalities and the love you show for your viewers and your subject is what comes thru and draws us to you. Thank you.

    3 years ago
  6. At one time you used a Zoom H4N for recording audio, and you are now using the Tascam recorder. Is there a reason for making the change, or did the H4N wear itself out after much faithful service?

    3 years ago
    • The H4N breathed its last shuddering breath a few months ago. If we enact a seance, sometimes we can get it online for a bit, but we’re pretty much done with it’s half-dead antics. After using both, I am now a Tascam convert!

      3 years ago
  7. Just found out about EYK about a month ago and would like to contribute on some tech stuff. (been watching EYK channel non-stop, ima korean american born in korea, and work primarily as cinematographer based in los angeles)

    이런분들이 계실줄이야~ 아주 잘봤어요 사이몬과 마티나 ^^

    As far as camera choices for future youtube vloggers out there, used canon t3i can be a typical safe bet for many of you out there. KEH is the most well known/reliable used marketplace you can access in the states side.

    Canon cameras usually have really nice baked-in image quality(rec.709) for video compared to other cameras which really does not require color grading. (which is a huge plus for quick post turnaround)

    Problem with canon is that you are limited to their rather expensive L glasses or low quality kit lenses or even lower quality F mount lenses from the 80s. And canon’s dedication towards video professionals has been dead for the past 2 years or so, (or 6 plus years if you count from 5d mk2 days) from 5d mk3 and magic lantern hack can be rather problematic for some if they want to get reliable high bit-rate files. (with plethora of other problems dedicated to slr type mechanism)

    So, here are my recommendation for those wanting to get aps-c/S35 type of interchangeable lens cameras under $500

    Panasonic GH2.
    Sony NEX series. anything from 5N to a6000 would be a nice choice. Especially a5100 which has XAVC codec.

    Above are mirrorless cameras and GH2 isn’t really a APS-C camera but that really doesn’t matter.
    What matters however, is their codec and their lens mount.

    they all have short flange distance so they can adapt pretty much any lenses made for 35mm film camera. (meaning very cheap but quality legacy lenses)
    and they are smaller than the smallest dslrs out there. you can easily run and gun your shoot.
    And those cameras are significantly more sharper than canon’s, which means you can punch-in easily without losing too much detail even though canon, panasonic and sony all shoot 1080p. (which can be a very important factor for vlog/youtubers)

    But end of the day, no one cares about what camera you shot your footage with. content is the king!!!

    in any cases, panasonic gh4 is the camera EYK crew can use it and benefit from. their h.264 is not all that hardware intensive at all even at 4k. 96fps at 1080p can surely help as well.
    another good choice could be samsung’s nx1 if anyone considers 4k workflow and futureproofing their hardware. future is h.265. And samsung’s dedication to update firmwares to add more functions are really nice touch as well.

    Sh*t! I may as well just write an article about it.

    Sorry, just thought anyone might find this useful.

    Cheers,

    3 years ago
  8. I have two very important questions!! Where do you keep that giant thing for your mics in public and what editor do yo use, Thanks <3

    3 years ago
    • 1) We keep that giant thing (which isn’t that giant) in a backpack when we’re out in public. And we use Final Cut Pro X :D

      3 years ago
  9. yay nerd videos! You’ll have to do one on developing the app soon!

    I loved my 550D it was perfect I sold it (and all the EF-S lenses :( ) though so I could get my dream camera the 5D mk3. Five years of saving – totally worth it! sometimes I just sit and look at it its beautiful! but it weighs a tonne! I don’t use it for video though. one day maybe!

    3 years ago
  10. Yeah, I remember when I was living in Korea, I was looking to buy a DSLR camera, since I thought that it would be cheaper in Korea (I mean, technology central! HELLO!). So it was a shock to me to find out that they were far more expensive. I ended up buying my camera online and having to send it to my parents in America (because it wouldn’t ship to Korea), and having them send it to me.

    3 years ago
    • That’s odd, in Dec 2014 I bought 2 cameras from Korea (Nikon D7100 and Canon 7D Mark I), when I compared price with US (Nikon D7100 was around 850 USD in US and I got it for 800,000 WON in Korea) and Singapore it was cheaper in Korea than anywhere else.

      3 years ago
  11. I wouldn´t mind if Leigh had her own segments where she talks about tech, filming, equipment, and all the things she likes/studied and knows.

    3 years ago
    • I would totally love to DO that but I’ve been afraid no one would be interested in all the nerdy techno mumbo jumbo. Maybe we can geek out together?

      3 years ago
      • That would be excellent!

        3 years ago
      • I’d watch the hell ou of that! I do photography myself, but I don’t really have any technical knowledge, so that would help me a lot.

        3 years ago
      • I would totally watch that! I’ve always wondered too, what brought you to Korea? I think a lot of Nasties would like to know more about you. :)

        3 years ago
      • I think technical tips for vlogging would be a great idea. Perhaps it could involve pre- and post production (editing, web hosting) stuff as well. You could show a scene from an EYK video and do a This Is How I Did That and talk about inspiration.

        So . . . You’ll need a segment name . . .

        Very Amiacable General Insights Newly Acquired Secretly.

        Lol

        3 years ago
        • Great segment name suggestion. I do have a Vacuous And Gaudy Idea on the Narrative Aesthetic.

          3 years ago
      • I’d watch it! I’ve always wondered about your workflow!

        3 years ago
    • I would totally love to watch that. I love photography, especially, and could easily get a few pointers from her.

      3 years ago
  12. Amen, Father Nasty! Hahahahah I always wonder what you guise use. Every now and then I checked FAQ section… I bothered one time only Leigh about the lenses.

    Video/photo gears are so expensive, right? My lighting kit came from China, but way cheaper (where I live the same thing is almost the triple). Next step: wireless mic, but even Sony is way beyond my reality right now. Don’t get me started with Sennheiser, hahahahah

    3 years ago
  13. For audio being so important, you kind of left it out on the guide and here ㅡㅡ

    Tell us more or what we can buy. We seen your wireless setup in the video, but no mention of it here or your linked guide.

    3 years ago
    • Hmm. I thought we did include it in the guide. It’s under the drop down option, but I think you’re not the only one who might have been confused by it. We’ll fix the page up now :D

      3 years ago
      • I see no drop down on this page (or any other), and while you took the pictures on the blogging equipment page, you still didn’t list what they are! WHY IS THIS SECRET?!?!Why do I feel that I am not allowed in the cool kids club?

        2 years ago
  14. With using the microphone, does it record separately then you have to sync it up with the video, or does it transmit to the camera?

    3 years ago
    • We sync it uppity the video afterwards. We could run a wire to the camera of we wanted to, but that would make everything look more professional and conspicuous, and being low-key is vital :)

      3 years ago
  15. Hahahaha SooZee
    Thanks so much for this :) been thinking about starting my own channel (not under Canadian Nasties) recently and this was super helpful :)
    Many thanks you guise! <3

    3 years ago
  16. did Soozee lose some kind of bet? or did you put that in there without her knowing?

    3 years ago
  17. I really appreciate that you guys make equipment review videos. It’s really great that you are promoting skill over equipment because I’ve fallen into the equipment trap so many times. Thinking that if I get expensive equipment suited for art or for photography and that it’ll help improve my the final outcome of my work. When actually, often than not, it has more to do with HOW the equipment is used rather than the actual equipment having anything to say about the final outcome.

    Your lens selection seems really solid, though the loss of your 50mm is really crappy. If I were in your shoes I would totally invest in the 50mm f/1.4 that Sigma makes, super epic bokeh and great lens build and not crazy expensive either, although I’m not sure about the Korean prices.

    3 years ago
  18. I’m starting the instant noodle testing series sometime soon, and the only camera I have is the one on my Macbook pro and my iphone. But for what I am doing though, which will be me displaying new flavours and brands, trying instant noodles and maybe cooking them, I don’t think I need the best camera… Maybe just another webcam? I guess I’ll look like Mukbang…

    My bf has a Canon DSLR with all these lenses. I could ask to borrow it, but that would require a tripod and he refuses to get a tripod unless its a certain brand and build.

    3 years ago
  19. *simon finishes talking, i switch to another tab then suddenly…* “saxophone?” *switches back just in time to see Soozy thrusting forward into the invisible man in front of her…* huh?

    3 years ago
  20. Hi Simon and Martina! I actually just started a youtube channel and so glad you started this video because I was thinking of investing in a good camera but wasn’t sure what’s best in a reasonable price range. Just wondering though, how did you guys first learn how to use your cameras?

    3 years ago
    • Well, it was challenging at first, figuring out what the right settings would be (for aperture, in particular, but we just shot hundreds of videos until we kinda figured it out :D

      3 years ago
  21. I always find videos like this incredibly helpful. I have been wanting to get into photography/videos for a while now. I actually remember looking at that Canon 550D a few years ago but it was double my budget so I settled for a handheld similar to yours. TBH I wish I had saved because I always find that when I take pictures with my handheld (approx. 5 years old now) the colours are always less bright on my PC than they show up on the camera screen. + it does indeed have crappy video sound/quality.
    I want to get a dslr for ages now but I just get so confused about what’s good/what’s bad and as to why they are so very expensive. (like 500 euro’s or more) I did a minor in Journalism and they let us shoot video with university equipment. Expensive cameras with fluffy grey mics. They were good, but the downside was that it was impossible to hold them in 1 hand, which is probably why I’d prefer something like a dslr.
    Do you guys use adobe premiere (or something similar) to sync up your audio/video? A while back you could purchase licenses for Adobe programs right? Ever since they got that adobe cloud I believe you pay for every month you use the software, instead of one price for the entire package. Let’s just face it, windows movie maker isn’t going to cut it when you have a separate audio track.
    One upside, I also agree that Gorilla Pods are useful. I have one too.. to take pictures with my phone. :< *is boo’ed*
    All in all, dslr cameras confuse me. I just don’t know what specs I definitely need and what is less important.

    3 years ago
    • I’m not a camera/video expert by any means, but you should look into a compact interchangeable lens camera. You can change its lens like you can on a DSLR, but its body is much smaller, closer to the size of a point-and-shoot, which means that the picture quality is good and the camera is much lighter. I’d say on average they’re cheaper than DSLRs, but you can definitely buy compacts that are as or more expensive than DSLRs.

      3 years ago
    • Sometimes lighter is better. Especially if you have weak Gumby arms like I do, a lighter camera = steadier shots and longer shooting times. And I agree DSLRs are super confusing. Don’t be afraid of the bigger editing suites (Premiere included). Once you get used to them they’re WAY easier than Windows Movie Maker :)

      3 years ago
    • Well, I don’t really know for why some cameras are so much more expensive than others. Some have different specialties. But if you don’t need anything fancy, any DSLR with an APS-C sensor is alright, I think. Canon DSLRs seem good in my books. The bigger the sensor, the more light comes in, which makes it better in bad lighting conditions (which is why full frame cameras cost so much more). The only one I’d consider spending more money on is the Sony A7S, because it’s really good in the dark, but that’s just a toy and not really necessary.

      As for what we use for syncing audio and video, Final Cut Pro X does it easily. Just select the files and click “Sync Clips” and it does it all for me.

      3 years ago
  22. You guyze! Best regards from Lithuania \(>_<)/. Been waiting for this for ages, thank you so much. It's my first time commenting, feels weird as I've been following you for years now (stalkerish much?). Truth be told, I'm not that much into Korean culture, I follow you for the good vibes and the sense of humour. You're both admirable and inspirational:) Keep up the good work <3

    P.S. Would it be too much to hope for a post on the software you're using to edit the videos? Tips/tricks, perhaps? I want to start out a channel on science for kids, and yours are so visually appealing, the kids would love that:) Cheers!

    3 years ago
    • Wow! That’s so odd! I mean, I’m flattered, but I don’t think that many people watch us that aren’t in some way interested in Korea. Wow. That’s a wonderful compliment. Thank you :D

      As for the software we use, it’s mainly Final Cut Pro, Compressor, and some plugins, but that’s something we might talk about as well in the future in more depth, maybe :D

      3 years ago
      • I wasn’t interested in Korea either before discovering your videos at the end of 2013. Since then I have become obsessed with all things Korean and even visited last year. And since Martina did that damn nail art video I’ve been trying to figure out a way I can justify going back just so I can get my nails done by Sunny.

        But I would also be interested to watch you guys discovering somewhere new. Or even multiple places…kinda like the ultimate travelogue.

        3 years ago
      • While I’m interested in Korea, I also think there’s a surprising amount of people (including myself) who would watch your videos wherever the two of you chose to go.

        3 years ago
      • I started being interested in Korea just because of your videos. :)

        3 years ago
      • Not really super interested in Korea either yall are just brilliantly hilarious!

        3 years ago
  23. My closest is a media producer and editor and… Well all the Media. :) He also has the same camera and he’d also agree that Cannon is the best (you both have the same cameras:P ). Oh and I have a secret… (shhhh! Don’t tell anyone I told you)…. Even the big film makers/producers use them O.o I am honestly not kidding. It’s all at the end of the day about the editing and lighting and sound that can make/break any filming to which allot of it can be done on an editing suite. (Look after the editors and they’ll look after you ;D )

    Ooh! and a great tip of places to get cheap gadgets and film stuffs?? Andorra… It’s a small area in the mountains between France and Spain. It’s a beautiful place and if I get to go there again, I’m totally getting a macbook pro! :P

    Aaaaanyways. Keep up the awesome work guyz. :D :) <3

    3 years ago