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The Gearator – A Gear Comparison Tool

A gear aggregator; a curated list of many of the different tools available for purchase related to the field of digital media. This list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s something I developed for personal use and then started publicizing because it’s helpful. If you want to know what Fenn thinks of a specific piece of gear, this is the quickest way to find out. It’s a high level way to make sense of a lot of options. Just start typing in the search box.

Categories include: Camera, Lens, Support, Microphone, Field Recorder, PreAmp,TxRx, Software

CameraArriAlexa 65Fantastic out-of-box image, pricey
CameraArriAlexa LFPrice, Focus is tougher
CameraBlackmagicBlackmagic URSA Mini 4.6kPoor low light, big and heavy-ish (5lbs) too big for Ronin M, no proxy mode, poor internal color, color inconsistent with luma change.
CameraBlackmagicBlackmagic URSA Mini Pro
CameraBlackmagicPocket Cinema Camera 4kNo EVF, Poor AF,
CameraBlackmagicPocket Cinema Camera 6kGreat codec, menues, picture quality, metadata input, No EVF, Poor AF, New Camera, Poor Battery
CameraCanonC200ND, DualPixel AF, EVF, Battery Life, Audio Inputs, Proxies, Mediocre LCD, No Sensor Stabilization
CameraCanonC700 Full FramePricey, Full frame at high frame rates to external recorder
CameraFujiXT-30XT-30 is cheaper $700-ish but no IBIS. BUT has 10-bit, APS-C, great AF, great color, good lens choices
CameraPanasonicGX85Fantastic option, IBIS, high IQ, great touch screen, no log, no mic input, only 90º screen articulation,
CameraPanasonicG7No IBIS, bigger (DSLR sized), has drive mode dial and focus switch, articulating LCD, mic input, no log but does have Cinelike D and V, great touch screen, no 4k internal and simultaneous HDMI
CameraPanasonicSH1Unprecedented video quality in a mirrorless ILC camera.
CameraPanasonicGH5MFT 'small sensor', poor video AF and low light, great stabilization
CameraRedHelium 8k Epic
CameraRedMonstro 8k VVVista Vision (close to full frame) sensor
CameraRedHelium 8k S35S35 sensor
CameraSamsungNX1USB3, NFC,WiFi, BT, h.265, No log, no ND
CameraSonyRX100 V
CameraSonya6400No internal stabilization; 425 Phase- & Contrast-Detect AF Points
,180º LCD, Intervalometer
CameraSonyA73Best hybrid photo/video camera
CameraSonyVeniceInterchangeable sensor, 6 micron pixel pitch, updated color science, support for true 4-perf anamorphic lenses (cropped sensor), standard Bayer sensor, claimed 15 stop DR, 16-bit linear to AXS-R7 recorder and X-OCN for full frame raw 6k (2Gb/sec), native ISO 500, up to 8-stops built-in ND, cons: not a high speed king (only 60fps@Super35); anamorphic 4k and full frame are both paid firware upgrades
LensLaowa 12mm f2.8Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower135mm f2Full frame
LensSigma14–24 f2.8Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower14mm f2.4Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower14mm f2.8Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower14mm f2.8Full frame, AF!
LensSigma14mm f1.8Full frame, Excellent lens
LensTamron15-30mm f2.8Full frame, Good lens, no filters
LensLaowa 15mm f2Full frame
LensIrix15mm f2.4Full frame, Affordable and awesome, just not quite as good as the Laowa 15mm f2
LensCanon16-35mm f2.8Full frame
LensZeiss Milvus18mm f2.8Full frame
LensCanon 20mm f2.8Full frame
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower20mm f1.8Full frame
LensSigma20mm f1.4Full frame, Excellent lens but no filtration
LensSigma20mm f1.8
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower24mm f1.4
LensSigma24-35mm f2Full frame, Big and heavy, large filter thread
LensTamron24-70mm f2.8Full frame
LensTokina24-70mm f2.8Full frame
LensCanon 24mm f2.8Full frame
LensSigma24mm f1.4Full frame, Excellent optically BUT for star and night stuff not ideal as coma performance at f1.4 and f2 is bad. Good at f2.8 in every aspect.
LensSony ZA24mm f1.8Full frame
LensZeiss25mm f2Full frame
LensTamron28-75mm f2.8Full frame
LensTamron28–75mm f2.8Full frame
LensCanon28mm f1.8Full frame
LensSigma28mm f1.4Full frame
LensSony28mm f2Full frame
LensSony35mm f1.4Full frame, Excellent lens
LensSony ZA35mm f2.8Full frame
LensSigma50mm f1.4Full frame
LensSony ZA55mm f1.8Full frame
LensSony55mm f1.8 ZA f1.8Full frame
Cine LensCanon SumireSumireFull frame, Cine Lens, mount swappable EF/PL,
Cine LensZeiss Supreme Primes FFSupreme Primes FFFull frame, Cine Lens, Zeiss Supreme Primes FF
Cine LensCooke S7/iS7/iFull frame, Cine Lens,
Cine LensCooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame PlusAnamorphic/i FF+Full frame, Cine Lens, The image circle of the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses will cover a full 24 x 36 still size sensor (image diagonal of 43.27 mm), with a 1.8x squeeze.
Cine LensRokinon XEENXEENCine Lens, Best deal, strong coma in 24mm, bigger and heavier than need to be, not color consistent
Cine LensARRI Signature PrimesSignature PrimesFull frame, Cine Lens,
Cine LensLeica ThaliaThaliaFull frame, Cine Lens, $250k for the set but Fenn would really like to try these
Cine LensSigma CineCineFull frame, Cine Lens, Look wonderful , Art quality sharp, but breath somewhat (Wolfcrowe says a lot, Matt Duclos says a little and mainly in 14mm). Electronic contacts for lens metadata! 14mm and 135mm at f2.0 are uncommonly fast for cine lenses.
Cine LensTokina CineCineS35, Cine Lens, Very nice! No breathing.
Cine LensTokinaVistaFull frame,
Cine LensAtlas OrionOrionAnamorphic, Cine Lens,
LensSigma10–20mm 3.5
LensPanasonic100-300mm f5.6MFT
LensTokina11-16mm f2.8
LensTokina11-20mm f2.8
LensZeiss Touit12mm f2.8
LensTokina14-20mm f2
LensSamsung16-50mm S f2–2.8
LensSony16–50 f2.8
LensSony16–50 pancake f3.5-5.6
LensHasselblad Vario-Tes E ZA16–70mm F4 f4
LensSamyang/Rokinon/Bower16mm f2
LensSony16mm Pancake f2.8
LensSigma18-35 f1.8
LensTamron18–200mm 3.5-6.3
LensSigma APS E19mm f2.8
LensSigma16mm f1.4
LensSony20mm Pancake 2.8
LensSony ZE24mm 1.8
LensSigma APS E30mm 2.8
LensSamsung30mm Pancake
LensZeiss Touit32mm f1.8
LensSony35mm f1.8
LensSamsung45mm 1.8
LensSigma500–100 f1.8
LensSony50mm f1.8
LensZeiss Touit50mm f2.8
LensSigma APS E60mm f2.8
LensSamsung85mm f1.4NX mount depricated
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4000 LiteNebula 4000 Lite
Support (Gimbal)CAME TV SingleCAME TV SingleEncoded motors! fast setup, joystick included, 1/4 20 monitor mount nice, larger space allows for up/down tilt. For $28 you get a wireless remote!
Support (Gimbal)CAME TV ActionCAME TV Action
Support (Gimbal)Beholder MS-1Beholder MS-1
Support (Gimbal)Beholder DS-1Beholder DS-1
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4200 3-axisNebula 4200 3-axis
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4200 5-axisNebula 4200 5-axis
Support (Gimbal)Nebula 4200 LiteNebula 4200 Lite
Support (Gimbal)Pilotfly H1Pilotfly H1
Support (Gimbal)Pilotfly H1+Pilotfly H1+
Support (Gimbal)Pilotfly H2Pilotfly H2
Support (Gimbal)DJIRonin SBest bet for reliability, support, and features
Support (Slider)Edelkrone
Support (Slider)iFootageShark Mini
Support (Tripod)iFootageGazelle TA6Fenn likes the bowl because it allows for small leveling adjustments without adjusting leg height. He also loves center columns for height adjustment without messing with legs. The Benro Aero tripods and the iFootage Gazelle provide both.
Support (Tripod)E-imageEK60AAM
Support (Tripod)BenroS8
Support (Tripod)BenroA2883FS4Very compact size of for maximum portability (legs fold back over center column)
Support (Tripod)SachtlerAceVery poor quality
LightingAputureF7Great all-purpose cheap light
LightingAputure 120D
LightingAputure 300D
LightingAputure 300D II
LightingAsteraAX1Tube LED with zones (similar to Digital Sputnik)
LightingBolingP1Small, RGB LED, Bright, Mountable, Bi-Color, High CRI/TLCI, Color effects (police car, TV, fire), just under Aputure F7 output, 3AmpHr internal battery 2.5 hrs at 100% power,
LightingCameTVBoltzen 55W Fresnel
LightingCameTVBoltzen AndromedaTube-style with built-in battery, barn doors and mounting points, a bit pricey but worth it for RGB
LightingDigital SputnikVoyagerCool zoned RGB LED but pricey.
LightingDigital Sputnik
LightingFalcon Eyes BL-30TDAputure 300D Alternative but bi-color
LightingGodoxLC 500Compare to YongNuo and Andromeda?
LightingGodoxSL 200Compare to Aputure 300D and Falcon Eyes BL-30TD; loud for video
LightingLupoSuperpanel Dual Color 6070k lux at a meter...20lbs
LightingLupoSuperpanel Full Color 60
LightingLupoDayled 2000
LightingProfound/Blind SpotCrack LightExcellent CRI/TLCI; waterproof, South Korean manf. "Profound" distributing through "Blind Spot" company.
LightingQuasarQ-LED T8No mounting options, requires AC, no RGB, dimmer sold separately
LightingVILTROXL116TCheap and large-ish source
LightingYongnuoYN360RGB Light Wand
LightingYongnuoYN360II ProBicolor light wand
LightingYN360II Pro RGBRGB Light Wand
LightingYongnuoYN360SBicolor light wand
LightingNanliteForza 60
LightingNanliteForza 300
LightingNanliteForza 500One of the better options for high output COB lights available.
LightingHiveSuperhornet 575c
LightingRayzr 7300 Daylight
LightingArri SkyPanel S60-CA pricey, well-built industry standard; 40lbs
Field RecorderTascamDR05Inferior pre-amps to Zoom but omni internal mic is nice for field recording.
Field RecorderZoomH1Best option for price if budget-limited. Gets you superior audio to in-camera mic for <$100 Works as a lav mic recorder for interviews too.
Field RecorderZoomH1nUpdated H1 with better build quality.
Field RecorderZoomF1Size and 10-pin acessory port add great flexibility. Sadly, no phantom power (not even with capsules), RF interference prone (airplane mode); mid-range quality pre-amps; works as USB interface to PC
Field RecorderZoomF6Dual analog A>D converter party trick means 'never clip' has come to Zoom.
Field RecorderTascamDR60dmkII
Field RecorderTascamDR-40X
Field RecorderZoomH5Self noise improved from H4n; accessory shoe adds versatility
Field RecorderZoomH6Self noise improved from H4n, 4 built-in inputs plus accessory shoe adds major versatility
Field RecorderZoomF4Cheap option for TC generation which H6 lacks, Great pre-amps with low noise, look-ahead limiters are good, F-control accessory, automix, screen inferior to F8, 8AA batteries cumbersome. No app integration for metadata input like F8 has. Battery life ppor.
Field RecorderZoomF8nUpdate makes headphone gain improvement,
Field RecorderSound DevicesMixPre3Don't get "M" versions for music; High quality, great analog limiters, 3rd part controller support, Android support,
Field RecorderSound Devices633
Field RecorderZaxcomMaxx
Field RecorderZoomH4n
Field RecorderZoomH4n ProHas a weak pre-amp so no good with Rode NTG2
Field RecorderZoomF8
Field RecorderZaxcomNomad
Field RecorderZaxcomDiva
Field RecorderSound Devices688
Field RecorderTascamDR701DNot as great now that we have better Zoom and Sound Device alternatives
Field RecorderTascamDR-10LLike Zoom F1 but only a lav mic recorder
Field RecorderSound DevicesMixPre6
Field RecorderSound DevicesMixPre10t
Field RecorderJuiced LinkOut of business?
Field RecorderLectrosonics
Field RecorderTascamDR100mkIII
Lav/PhoneAudio TechnicaATR3350
ShotgunAudio TechnicaAT8987
StudioAudio Technica
MicrophoneAzdenSMX 15Superior to Rode Video mic pro, inferior to Deity D3
Super Cardiod CondenserDeityS Mic 2Very popular for the price; Deity's flagship mic
Super Cardiod CondenserDeityS Mic 2sShorter version of the S Mic 2
ShotgunDeityV-Mic D3 ProAwesome set of features and quality for on-camera mic. Deity D3 Pro is one of the best all-purpose microphones. It has a TTRS plug for phone or camera use (with adapter)
Lav/PhoneOscar Tech
Lav/PhoneRodeiXyFor beginners, I'd suggest just spending $80 on a Zoom H1 and practice keeping it close to the sound source.
WirelessRodeWireless Go
WirelessSaramonicBlink 500 B2A dual channel wireless mic for $250! 2.4 GHz | Poor quality sound
MicrophoneRode | MOVO | ComicaRode Video Micro; Comica VM10IIA decent, small, camera-top microphone for ENG-style shooting. Great for the price.
ShotgunSennheiserMKH-416"Industry standard"
MicrophoneSureShure SM7B
Pre-ampSaramonic SR-PAX1
Pre-ampSaramonic SR-PAX2Great unit for price, good pre-amps, +48v, dual mono summing, detailed levels and battery display, comparable to Beachtek. 9v batteries are annoying but standard in these sort of pre-amps, no headphone volume adjustment, physically larger than the Beachtek Micro Pro
Pre-ampComicaCVM-AX3Fully featured, good performer, but a bit large.
Pre-ampSonosaxSX-M2D2$1k but nice! Works as audio interface, plug a phone or computer in. Highest quality pre-amps
Pre-ampWooden CameraA-Box PlusSmall size at last! Light weight, Canon LP-E6 battery,
Pre-ampBeachtekDXA-MicroProSolid pre-amps, great choice for a few extra bucks, only one XLR input
Pre-ampBeachtekDSLR ProOld DXA-SLR PRO and new DXA-MICRO PRO differences: Size - the MICRO PRO is about half the size and weight (mounts above or below camera).
The MICRO PRO has one XLR input with phantom power and two mono plus one stereo TRS inputs with plug-in power so you can use virtually any microphones with it.
Preamps are very different: The MICRO PRO has between 3–6 times more gain so you can dramatically reduce the noisy camera gain to give you a much cleaner signal.
Pre-ampBeachtekMicro Pro PlusLike Micro Pro but adds a removable cheese plate to mount accessories and has a built-in LiPo battery for up to ten hours of run time.
Pre-ampSaramonicSmartRigLower quality. I'd say don't go there unless your camera has really bad internal preamps
TxRxNyriusNyrius Aries ProBest bang for buck consumer system; no SMA antenna
TxRxHollylandHollyland Mars 300 Good budget system with similar latency (100ms) to Nyrius; has loop out on TX
TxRxTeradekTeradek Bolt 500 LT"Industry Standard" if you support Vitec
TxRxCinegearsCinegears 2-in-1 2000MInsanely long range
TxRxCAME TVCAME TV Crystal 800HDMI only, WiFi output to few devices
TxRxR2TeckR2Teck DVLM 100HDMI only, WiFi output
TxRxCinegearsCinegears Ghost Eye 600M10 bit 4:2:2 transmission
TxRxHollylandHollyland Cosmo 2000
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