Gear. It’s the thing that everyone always asks about. What camera do you use? Canon or a Nikon? Do you use speedlites or studio strobes? Some people are gear heads, buying every new piece of technology out there while others accomplish great things with the bare minimum. Gear does not make the picture, the eye and skill of the photographer does, but the right gear sure can make capturing the picture a hell of a lot easier. I would know, in a recent photo competition I won people accused me of “buying” my photo, just because I used better equipment than them. Below is a list of some of the gear that I use to make my life a little easier and help create the imagery that I am known for. Some, and eventually all will link to reviews of the gear.
Camera Bodies and Lenses
Primary Camera Body: Canon EOS 5D mark II with Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip
Backup Camera Body: Canon EOS 30D with Canon BG-E2 Battery Grip.
Camera Lenses: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye; Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L; Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS; Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
Tripod: Gitzo GT3541 LS 6x Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod
Ballhead: Really Right Stuff BH 40 LR II with BGE2-L30 for the Canon 30D and BGE6-L for the Canon 5D mark II. These particular L-plates are needed for the cameras with battery grips attached.
Misc.: Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom; Manfrotto 3016 Monopod
Right now I am working out of three camera bags. I have owned as many as 15 camera bags over the years and I still only have one that I consider as a perfect fit.
Small: Lowe Pro Stealth Reporter
Medium: F-Stop Gear Maverick shoulder bag, this is my primary bag.
Large: Lowe Pro Vertex 200 AW, this is my current bag for long trips, large amounts of gear and hiking, soon to be replaced
Inside the Bag
These are the other miscellaneous items with me in my bag.
Canon 430 EX
Canon 580 EX II
Pocketwizard Plus II’s
X-Rite Colorchecker Passports
Lowe Pro CF cardholder
Sandisk Extreme IV 8GB UDMA Compact Flash
Smith-Victor Raven Light Stand
Lastolite 24″x24″ EZYBox Hotshoe Softbox
Mountain Hardware Cohesion rain jacket
Mountain Hardware Exposure II Parka
REI – Ultralight Rain Pants
Helly Hansen Voss Pants, rain pants
Princeton Tec Quad headlamp