Jon Olsson is a 33 year old Swedish professional skier, blogger, car-enthusiast, traveler, entrepreneur and and as of 2016 also a (daily) vlogger. Jon Olsson started his career as a professional skier and has won many prices in freestyle skiing and ski racing. His drive for always improving and taking risks has translated from sport into business where he has started multiple successful companies such as a ski goggles company called ‘YNIQ’ which he has sold and he now spends the majority of his time on his company ‘Douchebags’ which produces and sells different kind of travel bags. Due to his success in skiing and business Jon has grown his net worth to over 3 million dollars.
Jon is a very big car-enthusiast and loves to customize his cars. Jon is known for his unique cars such as the Rebellion R2k and his heavily customized Audi R8, Audi RS6 DTM, Audi Q7, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Murcielago and his most recent project: a Lamborghini Huracan which he has all designed himself. Jon uses his unique cars to participate in the yearly Gumball3000 rally which is a rally that drives 3000 miles through europe and does different stunts which he films and uploads to youtube such as drifting a race car uphill in snow and using his 1000 horsepower Audi RS6 DTM to pick up Uber passengers
Jon currently lives with his girlfriend Janni Delér in different places. He has a house in Marbella which he has customized like his cars with a camo paint and he also has an apartment in Monaco. As seen on his vlogs he frequently travels between these two locations when he is not traveling the world. Jon has always been very active on different social media websites and has shared his lifestyle of traveling, cars and sports on websites such as instagram, twitter, facebook and occasionally on youtube.
At the beginning of 2016 Jon decided to take youtube more seriously and teamed up with videographer and editor Marcus Valeur from Norway. On April 14, 2016 Jon uploaded the first video of his daily vlog series. At the time of uploading this first video Jon ‘only’ had 24.540 subscribers on youtube from his previously uploaded ski and car videos. His daily vlog series however turned out to be a huge success and on June 24th of 2016, after a little over 2 months of vlogging, Jon his youtube account reached 100.000 subscribers.
Jon Olsson is a lifestyle vlogger and vlogs his day to day activities such as going to the gym, working and grocery shopping but also all his travels, a variety of sports and outdoor activities and also records a lot of cool drone video footage. Which is all combined into a professionally edited vlog by Jon his editor Marcus Valeur.
Jon Olsson Video Camera Equipment
Jon has invested heavily into high quality professional audio and video equipment for his vlogs and it certainly shows. The amazing quality of his vlogs has played a big role in the quick growth rate of Jon’s youtube channel and makes his vlogs very enjoyable to watch. Here is all the camera equipment Jon currently uses in the production of his vlogs.
Video Camera’s and Camera Lenses
Customized RED Epic-W 8K Camera
Team Overkill’s main camera is the RED Epic-W 8K. This monster is capable of recording in 8K resolution, this is 16x Full HD resolution or 4x Ultra HD resolution, which they scale down to 4K since almost no one has a screen that supports 8K. This camera starts at $29.500,00 and was customized with a camouflage paint job to match the house in Marbella and the Lamborghini.
The vlog where they introduce the RED camera and other equipment can be found here (opens in new tab): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBpWn612VDw
Sony A7s II
The RED camera is large, heavy and requires a lot of batteries. In situations where this is impractical and something more compact is needed while still being able to record in 4K, the camera used is the Sony A7s II.
Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera 10850 B&H
The Leica SL (Typ 601) was the main vlogging camera before they started using the RED camera. The Leica SL Typ 601 is a very high end camera and Leica claims that the camera has the world’s fastest autofocus which is perfect for vlogging since you will never be out of focus.
Leica 35mm f/1.4
Jon also uses a variety of lenses for his cameras. The first one is a 35mm f/1.4 lens. A compact high quality all-metal lens with superior imaging performance at different lighting situations such as low light.
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1
The second lens Jon uses is the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 and has a very high shutter speed which produces a narrower depth of field. This will create the blurry background look while keeping the main subject in focus which you will see a lot in Jon’s vlogs.
Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Lens
The third lens Jon uses is the Leica 24mm with f/1.4 aperture which is a compact wide angle lens which adds a more dynamic feeling to close-up shots and adds a lot more depth to the recorded video footage.
Leica 11082 Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm f/3.5-4.5 Wide-Angle Lens
For situations where a wide angle lens is needed Jon uses this 11-23mm Lens. This Leica Lens is able to shoot wide-angle while still being able to autofocus and prevent blurry video footage
APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 Lens
For shooting long distance video in the vlogs Jon and Marcus use this 90-280mm Lens which has a very long reaching zoom, Stepping AF motor, optical image stabilization and dual internal focus
Jon does a lot of different sports such as skiing and surfing and other outdoor activities in his vlogs which can not be shot with the Leica LS since it is not waterproof and is very big. For these type of shots Jon uses two different action camera’s.
GoPro HERO4 (Black)
The GoPro HERO4 BLACK offers a lot of different settings for video recording for different resolutions and frames per second (up to 240 fps). The wide field of view and durability of this camera make this the perfect camera to use when doing sports and outdoor activities.
GoPro 3-Way Grip, Arm, Tripod
To record different angles Jon does not use a normal selfie stick but uses the GoPro 3-Way arm which can be folded in to be used as a grip or used as a tripod or arm/selfie stick when the arm is extended.
GoPro HERO Session
Jon usually uses this GoPro for mounting to cars, jetski’s, boats or other vehicles. The GoPro Hero Session is a simple, grab-and-go operation with a compact and waterproof design with a weight of just 2.6oz (74g).
GoPro Suction Cup Mount
To mount the GoPro HERO Session to his ski helmet, cars, boats, surfboards and more Jon uses the GoPro suction cup mount. The GoPro suction cup mount can be used for speeds up to 150+ mph and provides a broad range of motion and stability. The quick release base makes it very easy to place the camera and remove it when you’re done with recording.
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact VMP Shotgun Microphone
For the best possible audio quality it is better to use a professional external microphone instead of the built-in microphone of your camera. If you want to use an external microphone with the Leica LS you will also need to buy an adapter
DJI Phantom 4 drone
Jon uses a lot of drone footage in his vlogs to show cool scenery and overview shots. These shots are filmed with a DJI Phantom 4 Drone which captures 4K Ultra HD at 30 fps and has Gimbal stabilization technology to capture smooth and clean footage.
Jon recently acquired a DJI Inspire 2 drone. The Inspire 2 is aimed towards a more professional market and requires 2 persons to operate.
Apple iPad Mini 4
To view the footage that the drone is recording you will need to mount a phone or tablet on the DJI Phantom 4 remote. A tablet is recommended since these have a bigger screen so you can view the footage more clearly. Jon uses a iPad Mini 4 but you can use any Apple or Android phone and/or tablet that can run the DJI GO app.
Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer
To prevent shaky video footage Jon uses a handheld stabilizer called the Glidecam HD-2000. Although it is a big device it drastically improves the quality of the videos by providing smoothly recorded footage.
Manfrotto MTPIXI-B Mini Tripod
A lot of vloggers use a JOBY Gorilla Tripod inspired by popular vlogger Casey Neistat. However, Jon uses a Mini Tripod by Manfrotto. This is a very lightweight and portable tripod which feels very solid. Unfortunately it does not offer the same flexibility as the JOBY Gorilla Tripod so you can only use this tripod on flat surfaces.
Laptop and Editing software
Apple Macbook Pro 13.3-Inch
For editing the vlogs Marcus uses a 13 inch Macbook Pro with Final Cut Pro X. If you are not familiar with Final Cut Pro X you can download a free trial version of Apple’s website and try it out for your own videos.
As Jon and Marcus discussed in the vlog setup video, color grading plays a big role in the style of videos they
upload to youtube. Color correcting your raw video footage will make your videos look more professional.
Although it is not known which exact color grade settings they use you can play around with different settings in Final Cut Pro X and find which settings work best for your video camera and style of videos. If you have a more advanced vlog video editing program that has support for color correcting video footage you can manually adjust it yourself until you have achieved the desired effect.
Thanks for reading, if you haven’t found the perfect camera or microphone for your vlogs yet you can also check out our buying guides for vlogging camera’s and vlogging microphones. If you want to stay up-to-date with Jon you can follow him on the links below.
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