Inside the Lowepro Pro Roller x300, back up, of the back up.
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Cameras and Lenses
Nikon D3s Body 1. This will hold the Nikon 24-70
Nikon D3s Body 2. This will hold the Nikon 70-200. Two bodies, as changing lenses is a time consuming job and I really don’t want to miss a thing if I can help it. Why the expense of two identical? Consistency.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR, Wide angle absolute for sharpness and colour.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR VR. Medium zoom. Sharpness that no pro can be without. It’s 2nd to none.
Nikon 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D AF IF-ED Micro-Nikkor… A rare but beautiful Macro lens on colour sharpness and contrast. Coupled with Nikon PK extension tubes can capture any dress or table detail. At a level beyond anything else. It’s also a handy back up medium zoom lens.
Nikon 20-35mm f/2.8 AF NIKKOR D, Slightly wider than the 24-70 for those really wide group shots. I don’t go wider than 20mm on a full frame camera. It’s also a handy back up wide zoom lens.
Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.4G, Umm it really is great if you get the chance to use it… The most forgotten great lens in my bag I feel bad right right now…
Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF-D, fixed and sharp 20mm that performs best in fixed situations.
Nikon TC-14E II AFS. Left over from my motorsports days. The only teleconvertor I keep in the bag as it can be used on the 70-200 on a Nikon D3s with no compromise on quality for that extra reach.
Nikon PK-11A (Extension tube)
Nikon PK-12 (Extension tube)
Nikon PK-13 (Extension tube) (Extension tubes reduce the focusing distance on the lens it is used on)
Nikon SB-900 Speedlight,
Nikon SB-910 Speedlight,
Metz mecablitz 58 AF-2 x2,
Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1,
Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1. Lighting is everything if you get the chance. NEVER miss that opportunity for an outdoor “studio” look with quick use of flash guns. This will separate you from the competition.
Metz LED-480 x2 Metz LED-160, LED lighting panels. Just in case I have to do a quick interview video or have to film in the dark.
Triggers and lighting accessories
Nikon ML-3 IR Remote. For distance work and self group photos.
Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord. Most studio work is done on this. Also a sure minded method of firing the camera at night as there is a direct link to the camera. Also alows very long exposures due to being able to lock the trigger off.
Nikon DR-4 (Angel eyepiece) Mainly used for macro work and mid level studio work. Handy but not used very often these days with live view cameras.
Nikon SC-1 TTGL Sync cable old, awesome, never fails. The best I’ve used.
Nikon ME-1 Microphone. Just in case I have to do a quick interview, or fancy taking personal videos.
Elinchrom 83cm Umbrella Set (EL26062) X2 Diffusion and silver reflective field use umbrella kits used with tripod and flash guns.
Hahnel Combi TF Remote Control and Flash Trigger – Nikon.
Hahnel Combni TF Receiver x5 – Nikon. Trigger system for the flash guns, not 100% happy will review a better option for 2013. Currently trying Phottix Strato II Multi and they are doing very well!
Giottos Tripod MTL 9351B Main tripod.
Giottos Tripod VGRN 9255-5400-652, one of two travel fold away tripods i use as lighting stands.
Giottos Monopod MML 3270B, gathering dust
Giottos Head MH7002 Ball head for general movement on top of the monopod
Sun Sniper Double Press Harness DPH. I’d rather look uncool than carry two heavy cameras all day during a marriage. BEST PURCHASE!
Petzl two LED head torch, hands free finding bits when in the dark!
2 LED Torches, light painting.. or the real reason finding focus points in the dark
1 Swiss army knife… Just because.
Giottos rocket blower, if this don’t get it out. Time to clean!
1 to 10 stop variable ND filter. Occasional landscapes.
24 Rechargable AA Batteries, (plus XX spares) Currently. Hahnel 2800mAh, for video and flash lights.
2 Flash Bracket Umbrella Holders. they hold flashes and umbrellas
ROGUE Flashbender – Large. For expanding the use of the flash and a very handy white balance card
Ear plugs and bottle opener, DJ’s can get laud