I’m the one behind the lens of @finduslost, the travel Instagram account and blog that my wife Selena and I started together.
It all began when she convinced me to move to Europe. We had been living in Los Angeles for five years out of college and wanted to be traveling more. I was working as a cinematographer in Los Angeles at the time, and Selena was working in brand marketing.
We left California in Spring 2016 for a three-month road trip through the Balkans, with plans to settle in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I proposed to her the day after we left. By the time we moved into our new apartment, we had grown a following on social media that was larger than either of us expected.
So, we went all in. Selena started writing Travel Guides on our blog and it took off. Now we work with a number of hotel, lifestyle and fashion brands, producing travel-related photo and video content for their social channels and marketing campaigns.
I’ve always been a bit obsessed with camera gear. Here’s what we use:
Sony a7R II – we recently switched to Sony and I’ve been really impressed with this camera’s image quality and portability for both photo and video.
Sony Distagon 35mm f/1.4 – This is my go-to lens. It’s on the heavy side for a 35mm, but it’s a beautiful lens.
Sony Batis 25mm f/2.0 – Great for wider shots, this lens compliments our underwater housing well, especially for over/under shots.
DJI Mavic Pro – essential for those drone shots everyone loves. This model is great because it folds up small and fits inside our backpack when we travel.
Aquatech Underwater Housing – whenever we go somewhere warm or tropical, this underwater housing comes along with us and we use it with our Sony.
Zhiyun Crane 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer – stabilizers allow you to create incredibly dynamic video shots. I’d highly recommend this as a tool for video production.
Leica M7 – shooting film is a totally different experience. This rangefinder is a classic.
Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 – Leica glass is some of the best in the world and I love using this lens with my Leica and my Sony (via an adapter).
Leica Summicron 35mm f/2.0 – my favorite Leica lens for travel because it most closely matches the field of view of the human eye.
Rolleiflex 2.8GX – my first medium format camera and still my favorite. It’s great for travel because it’s portable and doesn’t require batteries.
Inside Jacob’s camera bag:
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