I am often asked what I carry in my bag. Well here is a good look at the majority of what I use on a regular basis. As for what goes in my bag it really depends on the shoot and situation. But these are the pieces of equipment that get the most use. I did not include anything that I use in studio or large lighting setups. Although all my large setups are portable. I believe 100% in the fold-able soft-boxes, be it a giant octagonal soft box or the like. It is kinda the nature of New York City to be able to pick up and go on the fly!
- Canon 5D Mark II
- Multiple steady mounts for my camera, including a shoulder mount, monopod, tripod, and hand held mount.
- Batteries, Canon and Envelop Batteries
- Lenses (detailed below)
- Lowerpro bag(I like a small bag that can hold a lot)
- Neewer reflector gold silver and diffusion
- My Go Pro 3+ Black and Chestie Strap for Behind the Scenes
- Otterbox to hold all GoPro Accesories and housings.
- 2 Canon Speedlights(detailed below)
- Audio Equipment(detailed below)
- Capture cards(detailed below)
- iPhone stabilizers and tripod attachments
- Anker 12000 mAh battery backup(this thing is amazing read my review here)
My most used lenses:
My favorite two lenses are
- Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II IS L lens (white)
- 24-70mm f2.8 L Lens (right)
Followed closely by my
- 50mm f1.4 Prime
- and for special occasions 17-40mm f4.0
The other lenses I usually rent are the 82mm f1.2 Prime and a Fisheye lens for very specific uses.
And Batteries of course, but also my capture cards. I Love Lexar. They are a very reliable and fast card. When I am shooting and need to see immediate results I will sometimes go with my Eye-Fi card which can transmit wirelessly to my laptop or iPad for immediate viewing. The smaller cards are just there in case something goes wrong.
I use the Kingston USB 3 card reader to upload all my footage it is fast and has a great light up logo to tell you it is working.
Portable Flashes and Remote Triggers:
- The Canon Speedlight 430EX for my secondary
- The Canon 580 EXII speedlight for my main (a soft shell to diffuse.
Some people swear by pocket wizards and if it were in my budget, I would too, but for a fraction of the cost, and yet to fail me to this day:
- 2 Paul C Buff Revievers
- 1 Paul C Buff CyberSync trasmitter
I usually run off camera sound via:
- Zoom H1 with a Lav mic attachment
- A Rode Mic for the run and gun scenarios although it is very rare I use it, a little too tin sounding for my likes(with wind buffer
Oh and of course my hand RedLine flashlight. This can be used with any reflector or directly on a subject for some beautiful dramatic effects.
For my iPhone:
- The RetiCam Mount, solid like a truck!
For cleaning and anything else:
- A soft cloth for my lens
- Smith & Wesson SWATMBS Swat Medium Serrated Assisted Opening Knife. This thing is a beast!