Gear-Prep for #MSIgnite

The Microsoft Ignite Community Reporter squad have been sharing details and recommendations on the technical gear we’ll be bringing to the event in just over a week, and I’d love to hear from readers any other recommendations. I just live streamed via Facebook as I walked through my gear, and mentioned that i am already looking at how i can cut back. For example, I had planned to bring my Canon VIXIA HF R80 Camcorder as a secondary video shot, allowing me to capture dual views — but I’m now thinking it might be overkill. Even my heavy tripod will likely stay in my room after Monday, and I’ll stick with the monopod for most recording. Let me know if you’ve come across a particular tool that you think would add to what is outlined below. I would love to hear some feedback.

My media kit for MSIgnite 2017


Here’s my gear:

Ulanzi iPhone Filmmaking Recording Vlogging Rig Case

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Unlocked Phone 256 GB – US Version (Black)

Rode VMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone Super-Cardioid

Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Handy Recorder Kit with Deadcat Windscreen, Shockmount, Camera Mount and Mic Grip

PYLE-PRO PLMC15 Lavalier Electret Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone (4 of them, for panel discussions)

Canon VIXIA HF R80 Camcorder

Godox LED 64 Continuous On Camera LED Panel light,Portable Dimmable Camera Camcorder Led Panel Video Lighting

AUKEY Ora iPhone Camera Lens, 0.45x 140° Wide Angle + 10x Macro Clip-on iPhone Lens Kit for iPhones

2 in 1 Lightning Adapter for iPhone 7/7 Plus, Steanum Lightning to 3.5mm AUX Headphone Jack Splitter Cable (Audio + Charge)

UPWADE Portable Universal 100V-240V 2 Outlets Surge Protector Travel Power Strip with 4 Smart USB Charger Ports (Max 5V 4.2A) 1200W and 5ft Long Extension Cord Multi-Port Wall Charger Station-Black

ZOMEi Z818 Hiking Tripod For DSLR Cameras Canon Nikon Sony ( Blue )

Azden i-Coustics PRO-XD Digital Wireless Microphone System

(Not shown) Anker PowerCore+ 26800, Premium Portable Charger, High Capacity 26800mAh External Battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

SMOVE Smartphone Stabilizer (gimball)

While I am generally happy with all of the gear above, in particular I would HIGHLY recommend the Anker PowerCore+ recharger (can fully recharge an iPhone 7 plus 8 or 9 times), the UPWADE power strip and surge protector, and the heavy-duty ZOMEi tripod. VERY happy with these purchases, wish I had purchased them sooner.

Christian Buckley

Christian is the Microsoft GTM Director for AvePoint Inc., and a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Apps & Services MVP based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He hosts the AvePoint Office 365 Hours (#O365hours) series, monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the #CollabTalk Podcast, and leads the monthly Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) live stream. He is based in Lehi, Utah (Silicon Slopes).