What Gear Do I Use?

 

My Camera Setup and Lenses:

 Indestructible and will last forever

Indestructible and will last forever

 

Lowepro ProTactic 450AW

                My on location camera bag.

 

 


 Why I prefer this to a D810? U1 and U2 banks.

Why I prefer this to a D810? U1 and U2 banks.

Nikon D750

                My choice for Full Frame from Nikon. It still has more dynamic range than the new D850.

 


 A cheap grip with built in intervalometer remote

A cheap grip with built in intervalometer remote

Meike MK-DR750 Vertical Grip

                A good 3rd party grip.

 

 


 Tamron is making some great stuff

Tamron is making some great stuff

Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD

                My favourite wide angle zoom. I prefer it to Nikon’s 14-24mm and I really utilize that 24mm-30mm focal length often. A staple for automotive.

 


 Reversing ring + this backwards = Macro. Use a finger to hold aperture open

Reversing ring + this backwards = Macro. Use a finger to hold aperture open

Nikon 50mm 1.8G

                My first lens purchase. It’s cheap. It works. Automotive interior go-to lens.

 


 Sharper than 85mm 1.4  @ 1.8

Sharper than 85mm 1.4  @ 1.8

Nikon 85mm 1.8G

                Sharper than the 1.4G, and I rarely shoot wide open.

 

 


 Until Tamron makes a 200mm prime, this thing is awesome for my needs

Until Tamron makes a 200mm prime, this thing is awesome for my needs

 

Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD

                I am usually shooting between 135mm-200mm and the VC works great.

 


 Shooting wide open in studio and can't get flash power low enough? throw one of these on :D

Shooting wide open in studio and can't get flash power low enough? throw one of these on :D

B+W 77mm 3-Stop ND Filter

                When the sun is kinda bright, killin’ my vibe and I don't want to use HSS.

 


 My go to when shooting in sun w/ strobe. Sunny 16 rule means I can shoot at F2.0 with this on.

My go to when shooting in sun w/ strobe. Sunny 16 rule means I can shoot at F2.0 with this on.

B+W 77mm 6-Stop ND Filter

                When the sun is REALLY bright, killin’ my vibe and I still don't want to use HSS.

 


 Focus, then install. I write shutter speed conversions on the plastic case for a quick reference.

Focus, then install. I write shutter speed conversions on the plastic case for a quick reference.

B+W  77mm 10-Stop ND Filter

                For the odd time that I want to combine a strobed automotive shot and a silky smooth waterfall during daylight.

 


 Automotive? This is on my lenses 100% of the time

Automotive? This is on my lenses 100% of the time

Hoya 77mm Circular PL Filter

                Cutting out glare in windshields and surfaces or enhancing colour rendition in water/sky. I prefer Hoya filters for this.

 


 Buy all your filters for your largest lens size...Step up rings are cheap...

Buy all your filters for your largest lens size...Step up rings are cheap...

Sensei Pro Brass 67mm to 77mm Step Up Ring

                To adapt my 77mm filters for my Nikon 85mm lens

 


 Use brass rings when available, to prevent thread seizing

Use brass rings when available, to prevent thread seizing

Sensei Pro 58mm to 77mm Step Up Ring

                To adapt my 77mm filters for my Nikon 50mm lens


 The single best purchase to improve your images

The single best purchase to improve your images

X-Rite ColorMunki Display and ColorChecker Passport

                Colour Calibration matters. 100% accuracy as a starting point when going into post production is crucial.

 

 


 One way valve on bottom brings in fresh air, without blowing existing dust around

One way valve on bottom brings in fresh air, without blowing existing dust around

Giottos Rocket Blower

               Too much fun with this thing.

 

 


 Attach trigger cord to camera and utilize a YN622-N receiver as a radio remote shutter release.

Attach trigger cord to camera and utilize a YN622-N receiver as a radio remote shutter release.

Yongnuo YN622N-TX Flash Trigger

               Speedlight trigger. A/B/C groupings. Zoomable. HSS.

 

 


 Stackable trigger option. Combine with multiple brands like Yongnuo triggers

Stackable trigger option. Combine with multiple brands like Yongnuo triggers

Strobepro XT-N Trigger

                It's big. It's clunky. It works.

 

 


 Class 10 if shooting 4k or HD Video. If only shooting stills, there are cheaper alternatives.

Class 10 if shooting 4k or HD Video. If only shooting stills, there are cheaper alternatives.

SanDisk Ultra 32GB 80mb/s SD cards

                Reliable. Quick. Cheap.

 

 


 Something is wrong with this picture....

Something is wrong with this picture....

Milano Gimbal Head

                I'm not a birding or wildlife photographer, but I find this useful sometimes.

 


 A little obsessive compulsive about your framing? Me too...

A little obsessive compulsive about your framing? Me too...

Manfrotto 3275 Geared Head

                Used on all static or rigged automotive shoots. The predecessor to Manfrotto's 410 Jr. Geared Head.


 Cheap, but it works great

Cheap, but it works great

Manfrotto 496 RC2 Head

                Headshots only.

 

 


 Easylink Adaptor can double as a counterweight hangar

Easylink Adaptor can double as a counterweight hangar

Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod

                Sturdy. Light weight. Useful centre column for when I need to suspend the camera and lens over an edge or an inch or two from the ground. Easy setup for static shots inside vehicles.

 

 


 With two video tripod heads, can be used as a makeshift crane/jib

With two video tripod heads, can be used as a makeshift crane/jib

iFootage Shark Slider (S1)

                Expandable to 1.8M in length with extra section. Carbon Fibre. Light. Sturdy. Has counterbalancing wheel to smooth out the slide.

 

 


 15m/s (57km/h). Great for car tracking shots.

15m/s (57km/h). Great for car tracking shots.

DJI Phantom 3 (1080p)

                Automotive aerial photo and video or behind the scenes footage.


 Pen base stand has extra tips..multiple sizes. Who knew?

Pen base stand has extra tips..multiple sizes. Who knew?

Wacom Intuos Tablet

               Cuts my post processing time in half.

 


 

 

 

My Lighting Kit:

 Removable padded insert

Removable padded insert

Dakine Sequence 33L Photo Backpack

                On location lighting backpack.

 


 ND filters & Flash? Lower your ISO on meter by # of ND stops. Then use as normal. No more calculations! 

ND filters & Flash? Lower your ISO on meter by # of ND stops. Then use as normal. No more calculations! 

Sekonic L-358 Light Meter

                Without this thing, my lighting setups would take longer. I don’t use TTL, so this is the best piece of lighting equipment that I own. Accurate for calculating lighting ratios between key and fill lights.

 


5-In-One Reflector

                Scrim/Flag/Silver/Gold/White.


 No optical slave, but the power of an SB-900 for $100

No optical slave, but the power of an SB-900 for $100

Yongnuo YN-685 Speedlights

                Wireless radio with Yongnuo trigger. I think I'm up to 4 now. Same power as SB-900.

 

 


 For Speedlights, it's either this or the MagMod.

For Speedlights, it's either this or the MagMod.

RogueFlash Lighting Filter Kits

                Helps me achieve proper colour balancing for speedlights, or to throw extra colours into the scene.

 


 Cheap and underrated. Great for one-light scenarios

Cheap and underrated. Great for one-light scenarios

Photek Softlighter II – 46”

                Reliable. Can be used with the diffusion cover, as a bounce umbrella or as a shoot through. Versatile. I always carry 2x (one white and one silver)

 


 Battery powered or AC adaptable.

Battery powered or AC adaptable.

Strobepro X600II HSS Strobes

                Rebranded Godox AD600’s. The batteries last forever. Works both on location via battery power and in the studio on AC power. A lower T.01 flash duration, longer battery life and more powerful than Profoto B1’s.


 Feathering the light with this unit creates some amazing images

Feathering the light with this unit creates some amazing images

Strobepro 47” Rapid Pro Octabox w/ Grid

                Quick setup. Double diffuse. Soft light. My go-to for portrait and automotive.

 


 Gel your strobe easily with cutting your own circular gels and Velcro. Works with grids, too

Gel your strobe easily with cutting your own circular gels and Velcro. Works with grids, too

Strobepro 7” 55-Degree Reflector (w10/20/30/40 Degree Grids)

                Punchy. Great for background separation in portraits, or when I need a good punchy light.

 


 Biggest omnidirectional modifier I can find

Biggest omnidirectional modifier I can find

Strobepro 20" Diffusion Globe

                Sometimes I pull this out. It is rare, though.

 


 Love the light this produces

Love the light this produces

Strobepro 12” x 55” Rapid Pro Stripbox w/ Grid

                My favourite rim light modifier.

 

 


 Fits most sized reflectors

Fits most sized reflectors

Strobepro Reflector Arm Holder

                Not all models like to hold the reflector in front of them. This holder works great.

 

 


 When extending upwards, utilize top 2 sections for extension, and the lower for rotation

When extending upwards, utilize top 2 sections for extension, and the lower for rotation

Manfrotto 12” Light Stands

                Stackable, lightweight, but sturdy. Great for on location. Have a few.

 

 


 For less mess, fill Ziploc bags with sand before placing in sandbags

For less mess, fill Ziploc bags with sand before placing in sandbags

Sandbags

                Self-explanatory. These prevent my light stands from turning into kites when modifiers are attached to them.

 

 


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