Welcome to Emeric’s Timelapse Gear Page. On this page, you will find links to all the gear I use to create those amazing timelapse and hyperlapse videos.
My main camera, the amazing Canon 5D Mark IV! Canon has been my go-to cameras for the past year for its reliability and battery performance. The 30.4 Megapixels camera allows me to shoot some 1 sec interval timelapse day and night. This is the best Canon full-frame camera for that price!
The well known Canon camera 5D Mark III is a great tool for timelapse photography. The image quality and low light performance it the main raison I chose this camera along with the Mark IV. One of the best Canon camera on the market right now.
My first drone, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is A-MA-ZING! This is an incredible piece of technology, safe, reliable, easy-to-use and very intuitive. I use it to film 4K drone videos and hyperlapse videos.
Canon EOS M50 (out of service)
I use this little Canon camera to film all my travel vlogs and Youtube videos. I picked that one over any other small cameras because of the flip screen, the hot shoe mount and the microphone input all together make it a great vlogging camera.
Unfortunately, my Canon M50 gave up on me after 3 years of loyal service. I have never been a big fan of Canon’s camera video quality, even in 4K. I decided to switch brand and purchased this G9 for my vlog, classes and other video content!
Another incredible product from DJI, the Osmo Pocket. I purchased this tiny camera to be able to record on the go AND in 4K 60FPS. Plus, it has a small gimbal which is perfect to create very smooth videos even when you are walking.
The 70-20mm wasn’t enough for my work. This is why I decided to sell it and purchase the 100-400mm II to shoot timelapses all the way to 400mm (even a little more after zooming in post).
Sharp, affordable and reliable, the Canon 24-105mm f4L II is a great lens for full frame and APS-C cameras. It covers a very wide focal range from wide to close up and offers so much possibility in the timelapse industry!
I recently upgraded my old 17-40mm f4L for the amazing and sharp 16-35mm f2.8L III. Even though I do not need f2.8 most of the time, it will come handy for astro timelapses and my video work!
Motion Control Systems
The LRTimelapse Pro Timer 3 has a bigger screen and better built quality than its previous version, the Pro Timer 2.5. I have been using LRTimelapse Pro Timers for over 2 years now and could not see myself working with anything else.
The LRTimelapse Pro Timer 2.5 is an advanced intervalometer created by LRTimelapse’s developer, Gunther Wegner. I am using it all the time to shoot timelapses with an interval under 1” or simply to have the luxury of not having any autofocus signal!
The Timelapse+ View is another smart intervalometer conceived to do the bulb ramping, or exposure ramping, during a day to night or a night to day timelapse. I use it when I have 2 cameras running at the same time so I can focus on one, while the View is working for me on the second one!
A few days before an important timelapse trip, one of my third party intervalometer broke down. So I decided to purchase the official intervalometer from Canon, the TC-80N3. I hate the fact it goes only to 99 frames (or unlimited), but overall, it’s a very good product.
When it comes to cameras and lenses, I am a huge Canon fan boy. But when it comes to accessories, I would suggest to avoid Canon if you don’t want to spend too much. A huge number of brands make affordable and reliable products for a lot less money. And this is the case for this Polariod Intervalometer that I have been using for years now (and still didn’t change the batteries). It costs only $25 (compare to $200 for the Canon one) and does exactly the job it was built for!
In order to reduce the weight of my setup while shooting timelapse videos, Syrp was kind enough to send me a couple of Manfrotto Carbon Fiber tripods to shoot with. This is perfect to set up the Syrp Carbon Filber Magic Carpet slider on top of it.
When you start working with heavy equipment like sliders and big cameras, you need a sturdy head to get steady timelapses. This head goes perfectly well with the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3and offers so much possibility in timelapse and hyperlapse photography.
Manfrotto probably makes the best tripod on the market right now. Obviously the price is high, but the quality is here. I went with the Manfrotto MT055 because it wasn’t too big but still very sturdy and easy to carry. I am using it with a fluid head to get steady day to night timelapses.
It’s so much easier to work with the same types of quick release plates. That is the reason why I am working with those 2 Manfrotto 494 ball heads when shooting motion controlled timelapse videos. It makes it easier and faster to mount the slider on top of it since it is the same quick release on both sides!
Even though this is a telephoto lens support, I use it all the time to stabilize my lenses when shooting timelapse videos, even the 24-105 II. It’s an amazing, easy-to-use lens support that can be used with any lenses at any height. I highly recommend it!
I needed a small and steady tripod for places where regular tripods are not allowed. The Joby Focus 5K Kit is perfect, very solid and can hold a heavy Canon camera with a lens. I shot so many timelapses with this gorillapod and never leave the studio without it.
Perfect to use at the Top of the Rock in New York City where tripods are not allowed!
I purchased this variable ND filter for my 16-35mm f2.8 lens in order to capture day-to-night timelapses. This variable filter allows me to start the day-to-night with 5 stops and ends at 1 stop, which will give very nice light trails for the entire duration of the video.
It’s sometimes useful to shoot with a Polarizing filter in order to reduce reflections or glares and create overall better and more vibrante colors on your images.
Obviously I need a camera bag to carry all that gear around when I am going on location! I am using the LowePro x200 and I love it! This is a roller bag, which means I don’t have to destroy my back everytime I have to walk or hike for a while. Plus, you can actually get a backpack + a suitcase when you open the first compartment.
Memory cards are very important. No SD cards, no photos! I am working with fast and professional SDXC and CF cards reading datas between 90 and 250 mb/s, Class 10 U3. Fast cards are important in timelapse photography to reduce the buffer time as much as possible, and to allow the camera to take the next picture very quickly. I work most of the time with Lexar, San Disk and PNY SD cards and Lexar or San Disk CF Cards.
Direct links to Emeric’s Timelapse Gear
Canon 5D Mark IV – https://amzn.to/3dt9WwN
Canon 5D Mark III – https://amzn.to/3aeFpRv
Canon EOS M50 – https://amzn.to/3al3FBr
Panasonic Lumix G9 – https://amzn.to/3nlMvu1
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – https://amzn.to/2UjszvI
DJI Osmo Pocket – https://amzn.to/2wBCL9S
Canon 100-400mm f4.5/5.6L II – https://amzn.to/2UglXOO
Canon 24-105mm f4L II – https://amzn.to/2vTyX3y
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L III- https://amzn.to/2NiDEJj
Canon 17-40mm f4L – https://amzn.to/2Uj0KUk
Timelapse+ View – https://timelapseplus.com/emeric-le-bars
LRTimelapse Pro Timer 3 – https://amzn.to/3p1nu82
LRTimelapse Pro Timer 2.5 – https://amzn.to/2UjgHKk
Canon Intervalometer – https://amzn.to/33JlS9g
Intervalometer – https://amzn.to/39kKiHg
Manfrotto M055 – https://amzn.to/2y9QEwr
Manfrotto M055 Carbon Fiber – https://amzn.to/3dAe7qR
Manfrotto 494 Ball Head – https://amzn.to/2VgmKyj
Manfrotto 502 Fluid Head – https://amzn.to/2WHNASo
Innorel RT80C – https://amzn.to/39hH6fQ
Manfrotto PIXI – https://amzn.to/2QKqzdD
Joby Focus – https://amzn.to/3apAspe
LowePro X200 – https://amzn.to/3boEmi4
Breakthrough Photography 6 Stop Filter – https://amzn.to/2QLwxek
Breakthrough Photography Polarizer filter – https://amzn.to/2QN6UtP
Telephoto Lens Support – https://amzn.to/39hHwCW
SanDisk SD Card – https://amzn.to/2xrPBru
Lexar SD Card – https://amzn.to/2y1wuVc
PNY SD Card – https://amzn.to/33KaUQY
Lexar CF Card – https://amzn.to/2xoGLux
G-Technology 6TB Drive – https://amzn.to/3aXODSz
G-Technology Portable 2TB Hard Drive – https://amzn.to/3c1zqzO
Rode Videomic Pro – https://amzn.to/2WokKFs
Rode Mic Lav for Smartphone – https://amzn.to/3brq2FE
FeelWorld 4K Monitor – https://amzn.to/3bC60bF
Sennheiser Lav Mic – https://amzn.to/33LpDuU