What’s in my camera bag?

Cameras

Nikon D3

Nikon D3
The D3 is our main workhorse. Of all the weddings I have shot, over 50% of the shots were taken with the D3. The speed and durability is uncompromised. In my experience, the auto-focus is twice as fast and accurate as my trusty D700. I don’t think even the D800 can beat its speed. Absolutely a must have if you are serious about photographing fast paced events.

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Nikon D700

Nikon D700
The affordable and lightweight alternative to the D3 when speed and durability (bang-er-bility) is not so much of a concern. Under the right lighting condition, it will produce an image equal to that of our D3.

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Nikon D300

Nikon D300
The D300 is a good backup to our camera system. The DX sensor allow us to take zoomed in, candid shots of people at weddings.

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Nikon D90

Nikon D90
This camera video capabilities allows us to make video documentary of our behind the scenes work that goes into our studio shoots.

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On-Camera Flashes

Nikon SB-900

Nikon SB-900
This flash is worth every penny since it is our biggest, baddest, and most reliable flash. Nikon have really gone out of their way to improve on the SB-800 such as power deliver, light coverage and recycling time.

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Nikon SB-600

Nikon SB-600
Although this is the old and most ancient flash in our bag, the SB-600 work well mounted on a lightstand for backlighting in very tight venue space during the ceremony and reception.

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Lenses

Nikon 14-24/2.8

Nikon 14-24/2.8
Part of the holy trinity of Nikon zooms, the ultra-wide allows me to capture big groups of people when I don’t have the space to move back. Absolutely necessary if you want to be ready in all situtations.

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Nikon 24-70/2.8

Nikon 24-70/2.8
Part of the holy trinity of Nikon zooms, the normal zoom is best for smaller events where super wide and super zoom is not necessary. This len, event though it has super fast focus just like the other two trinity lens, it sits mainly in the camera bag as a backup in case the other two fails to perform.

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Nikon 70-200/2.8

Nikon 70-200/2.8
Part of the holy trinity of Nikon zooms, the super zoom is a must have for weddings since I cannot stress how annoying it is for the guests to have a photographer stand right in front of the action 100% of the time. It is a heavy, fast, accurate zoom that will let you catch moments from far away. It also has the potential of defending you from threats from small animals.

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Nikon 50/1.4

Nikon 50/1.4
One of my favourite prime, it is light and sharp. At F1.4 you can have some shallow depth of field shots that is simply not possible with the other lens.

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Nikon 105/2.8

Nikon 105/2.8
In my opinion, the sharpest primes I have. This lens is mainly used for my detail shots. It is simply not useful for anything that moves since the focus is so slow. Despite the shortcoming, it stays on me 100% of the time because of the macro capability.

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Nikon 85/2.8 Tilt-Shift

Nikon 85/2.8 Tilt-Shift
Another cool prime that can give you results no other lens can. This lens splits its time in my bag and on my holster.

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Studio Power Packs

Speedotron 2401sx  2400ws Power Pack

Speedotron 2401sx 2400ws Power Pack
The 2401sx provides the ultimate in dependable power. It has fan cooling and is built to handle continuous flashing over a prolonged period of time. This is the pack of choice for sports photographers to install in stadium rafters. It has a built-in LV trigger.

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Speedotron 102 2400ws heads

Speedotron 102 2400ws heads
The versatile 102 universal light unit is excellent for all-round use in the studio and on location. It has aluminum construction with high-efficiency cooling fan, and includes a 2400Ws plug-in vented flash tube, switched 250W quartz model lamp, 11.5″ grid reflector, and 20′ power cable.

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Lowel Omni Light 500W tunsten

Lowel Omni Light 500W tunsten
The wide focusing range of the Omni-light makes it a flexible key or back-light. Add diffusion or an umbrella, and it’s a soft fill source. Swap the power cord & lamp and it becomes a battery powered, hand-held light.

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Studio Accessories

Speedotron 22

Speedotron 22″ BEAUTY
To help control the beam angle and hardness of light, grids are available from 3° to 40° for the 7″ reflectors, 10° to 35° for the 11.5″ reflector, in 20° for the 16″ and 20″ reflectors, and in 35° for the 22″.

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PocketWizard II

PocketWizard II
PocketWizard, just raised the bar in wireless radio technology again with the launch of the New Plus II Transceiver. Faster, smarter and easier to use, just connect the Plus II to your camera and/or flash and you are wireless-ready. The Plus II offers all the popular features of the successful PLUS Transmitter/Receiver system but that’s where the similarity ends.

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Photoflex Extra small softbox

Photoflex Extra small softbox
Lightweight yet sturdy, the Complete Studio Kit utilizes the Extra Small LiteDome and the durable small LiteStand to give you studio-quality lighting and the FlashFire Wireless Transmitter/Receiver and StarFire ShoeMount Digital Flash to help you get that lighting into whatever position you need it for incredibly versatile studio lighting options.

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Photoflex Small softbox

Photoflex Small softbox
Advantage The LiteDome Q39 consistently delivers even, natural light.

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Photoflex Medium softbox

Photoflex Medium softbox
Advantage The LiteDome Q39 consistently delivers even, natural light.

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Photoflex Large softbox

Photoflex Large softbox
Advantage The LiteDome Q39 consistently delivers even, natural light.

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Manfrotto 055 tripod

Manfrotto 055 tripod
The 055XB is one of the most versatile and popular tripods in the Manfrotto range. The tripod is lightweight and portable enough to take in the field, yet strong enough for a medium format camera, small view cameras, spotting scope and the latest generation of digital video cameras.

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Manfrotto rc4 ballhead

Manfrotto rc4 ballhead
The Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release is a sturdy, professional ball head with separate controls for tilt, pan and friction that enable precise positioning.

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Manfrotto 1005BAC stands

Manfrotto 1005BAC stands
The Manfrotto – Manfrotto 1005BAC 5/8″ “Baby” Male Spigot Lightweight stand is another product innovation from Manfrotto Lighting Support.

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Manfrotto Monopod

Manfrotto Monopod
Fast, light, compact and stable, this video monopod is at its best where the action is. The 558B is a 3-section professional model that sets up in under 2 seconds forming a comfortable, stable shooting platform for a wide range of ENG cameras and camcorders.

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Manfrotto 314B Backdrop Support

Manfrotto 314B Backdrop Support
Designed to support rolls or sheets of background paper or any other background material, such as muslins, that fits into a compact case.

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Photoflex 52

Photoflex 52″ LITEDISC (WHITE TRANSLUCENT)
Translucent: Used to diffuse light. Produces a broad light source and soft, “wrap-around” effect. Perfect for outdoor portraits or whenever a softer light is needed.

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Adorama Boom arm/Weight

Adorama Boom arm/Weight
6′ Light Stand, Counterbalance Weight Bag, 80″ Boom Arm

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Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Meter

Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Meter
The Sekonic L-358 Flash Master is an advanced, yet easy to operate, exposure analyzing light meter, that incorporates the latest technology in handheld meters. The L-358 features a retractable incident Lumisphere for standard or cosine corrected light readings, provides both hemispherical and narrow angle readings. Measurements can be taken in either incident or flash metering modes with accurate and convenient flash and ambient analyzing.

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Sekonic Radio Triggering Module RT-32

Sekonic Radio Triggering Module RT-32
Radio Triggering Module RT-32 – The Radio Transmitter Module plugs directly into a built-in compartment behind the battery door. Compatible with both the L-358 and L-608 (also L-608CINE), the Transmitter module triggers the electronic flash units wirelessly as the meter takes a measurement.

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Camera Accessories

Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack

Nikon SD-8A Battery Pack
The SD-8A is designed for use with the SB-800, SB-80DX and SB-27 to shorten flash recycling time and enhance flash capacity. It accepts six 1.5V LR6 (AA size alkaline), 1.2V KR-AA (AA size NiCd), 1.5V FR6 (AA size lithium) or 1.2 AA size Ni-MH batteries.

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Nikon SC-29 TTL Cable

Nikon SC-29 TTL Cable
The SC-29 Off Camera AF TTL Cord, which mounts to the camera’s hot shoe, enables an attached SB-600, SB-800 & S9-800 flash to accurately autofocus in low light when placed on a flash bracket, for beautiful shadowless lighting.

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Stroboframe Pro-T Professional Flash Bracket

Stroboframe Pro-T Professional Flash Bracket
The Stroboframe digital PRO-T flash bracket features ProGrip which offers an innovative plate less design. This flash bracket helps improve the quality of your images by allowing you to mount your flash higher up for a more pleasing quality of light.

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Hildozine Remote trnscvr caddy f/pkt wz

Hildozine Remote trnscvr caddy f/pkt wz
This patented unit is designed to attach to a Transceiver and have the ability to mount on a light stand, tripod, etc… No more dangling on the end of a cord or using Velcro. Simply screw in the back of the Transceiver and use the bungee cord to secure it.

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Bags and Transport

Thinktank Speed Belt

Thinktank Speed Belt
Padded, adjustable 3.5″ wide belt with integrated Modular “rail”

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Thinktank pixel pocket

Thinktank pixel pocket
The Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket stores 10 memory cards in a small, compact package that fits easily in your pocket or attaches to your belt or bags. The business card holder for easy identification.

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Think Tank Airport Takeoff

Think Tank Airport Takeoff
The Airport Takeoff bag is the new standard in a rolling camera backpack. Think Tank Photo has designed a transportation solution that combines the portability of a backpack with the ease of a rolling suitcase.

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Thinktank StreetWalker Harddrive

Thinktank StreetWalker Harddrive
This backpack will hold most 15″ laptops and is slim and lightweight for maneuvering in urban environments and travel. It will still hold a Pro Size DSLRand even a 70-200 2.8 attached.

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Think Tank Modular Component Set

Think Tank Modular Component Set
The Modular Component Set V2.0 consists of two individual lens changer pouches, a flash pouch and an accessory pouch that lock to or slide around any Think Tank Photo belt. Since the pouches are modular, the carrying system can be reconfigured to match any assignment, under any condition.

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Pelican 1650 case

Pelican 1650 case
Unbreakable, watertight, dustproof, chemical resistant and corrosion proof.

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Computer equipment

HP Laptop DV7

HP Laptop DV7
The HP Pavilion dv7-7010us 17.3″ Entertainment Notebook PC has processing muscle and cool features for rocking entertainment in a slim, cool, midnight black aluminum design. It starts with a new design, but the HP Pavilion dv7-7010us is more than good looks. The brushed aluminum along with chrome accents and a soft-touch grip make it a notebook you want to take everywhere. Get Beats Audio sound with quad speakers and a subwoofer. And features like a fingerprint reader and an HD webcam that makes you look your best.

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NEC P241W 24

NEC P241W 24″ Professional
The NEC P241W is a 24″ widescreen monitor that is ideal for web graphics and photography applications. This monitor utilizes an e-IPS panel for great imaging performance. Offering 96.7% coverage of sRGB color gamut and 71.4% of NTSC, the P241W provides professional-grade benefits, such as an internal 14-bit 3D programmable lookup tables (LUTs), DisplayPort connectivity and built-in USB hub.

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Samsung SE-208AB USB 2.0

Samsung SE-208AB USB 2.0
The Samsung SE-208AB USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer has an exclusive audio/video connection technology available in it, which allows users to easily connect the TV media in the drive to the USB port to play audio-visual content. The SE-208AB is also technologically stronger than the previous disc drive, which has so far recognized only the first-level sub-directories and 1000 files. The SE-208AB disc burner now recognizes and provides access to the fifth level sub-directories and more than 3000 files.

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Datacolor SPYDER 3 PRO - DAS3P

Datacolor SPYDER 3 PRO – DAS3P
Get the best from your monitor and your images using the Datacolor Spyder 4 Express, the ideal display profiling solution that quickly calibrates a single display computer or laptop in just a few simple steps. Check the before-and-after screens and you’ll see the improvement instantaneously on your monitor. Improved accuracy and stability, the fourth generation Spyder 4 Express includes double-shielded color filters for a precise color match to CIE color standards and improved long term stability.

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Sandisk Reader USB 2.0

Sandisk Reader USB 2.0
Transfer photos and video faster with the new ImageMate® All-in-One USB 3.0 CardReader/Writer. Based on USB 3.0 interface transfer performance of up to 500MB/s (speed is also depended on the card used), this card reader/writer reduces transfer time when downloading data from card to computer and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices .This compact reader supports all major card formats (Compact Flash, Secure Digital and Memory Stick). Its sleek vertical design and small footprint make this a great choice for stylish and fast photo and video transfer.

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